Sound — 10
Nick Drake is the most unknown musical talent to have ever existed, his work went almost unrecognised during his lifetime, but now it's finally being recognised for the work of art it is. This, his debut album, draws on the folk artists and movement of the time and explores and deepens that sound. Drake manages, through a combination of his virtuoso finger picking and haunting, breathy vocals, to create dense atmospheres to his songs and give them a timeless quality. I do not usually listen to a lot of folk music, but Nick Drake's sound transcends musical taste and boundaries and is, in a word, breathtaking.
Lyrics — 9
As a lyricist Nick Drake uses incredible, poetic imagery to compliment his gentle guitar and string section. In a moment his lyrics can go from hauntingly personal feelings to classic themes of love and longing, though Nick Drake writes about these themes as if they were anew to the world. His vocal delivery is understated and almost whispered at times, adding to the immense tapestry he weaves with each song.
Overall Impression — 10
The tragic end to Drake's young life makes this album all the more haunting, but this ranks among the best music I have ever heard. This album takes absolute control of your thoughts for the best part of 45 mintues, uplifting, epic music that will make you listen to it time and again. An absolutely essential record and an album that demands to be listened to. I hate using this word but there is no other word that can describe Nick Drake: genius.