Five Leaves Left (album) by Nick Drake

Five Leaves Left
Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 174th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 895 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (7th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (29th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (174th)
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Nick Drake bestography

Five Leaves Left is ranked 2nd best out of 10 albums by Nick Drake on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nick Drake is Pink Moon which is ranked number 52 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 25,121.

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Pink MoonFive Leaves LeftBryter Layter

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85/100 (from 895 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 84.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 84.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.8.

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From 05/11/2020 18:44
One of the greatest collections of songs I've ever heard. Drake's gentle, soothing voice weaves through his intricate guitar lines with sheer beauty. I can't pick out highlights, because the whole album is.
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From 05/06/2020 12:15
Beautiful and sad in equal measures. Love the other two albums, but this is his masterpiece.
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60/100
From 12/10/2018 21:16
A quality album with seemingly everything overdone. Too often does the album instill this sense of direness which is only made worse by the plethora of unnecessary layers of strings. The album isn't bad but it is very far from what Drake was meant to have been making.
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From 09/21/2018 22:11
All three of his albums are great, but this one is my favorite by a smidge. I love River Man and Time Has told Me. It's all just beautiful, wistful melancholy. "Way to Blue" is almost scary to listen to and I love it as well.
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95/100
From 05/20/2018 12:12
Enter this album, and you will be welcomed in a field of flowers, trees and rivers. The loneliest night would come, and go, and in the end, alone still, you will feel happy and calm. One of mine favorite folk albums of all time.
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From 05/03/2018 12:35
My favourite Nick Drake album, every song is brilliantly written and a story for itself. It's somewhere in between the grandiose Bryter Layter and the instrumentally minimalistic Pink Moon, and combines the best of both if you ask me.
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From 02/04/2018 13:52
Everyone talks about Pink Moon (deservedly so) but this one deserves praise also.
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85/100
From 10/19/2017 20:21
Do I love Nick Drake? Yes. Do I think Five Leaves Left is a good and borderline great album? Uh-huh. Do I feel its substantially inferior to his other 2 albums (Bryter Layter and Pink Moon)? Yessirdoodle. Do I feel the mood of Five Leaves Left is way way too overlarded with over the top orchestration and dour and slow tempos? Yes. Are the songs and the lyrics and the guitar playing on Five leaves Left still fab in my opinion? You betcha!

Okay, so enough of that. Now some thoughts: I really like Five Leaves Left, the opener, River Man, Three Hours, Saturday Sun etc, are all gems. The deep, almost inconceivable(!) melancholy of the record is stunning and unique.

But again the production almost insists upon itself too much. Family Guy ref stolen from another diary regular here. But it fits. The orchestration and the slow, deliberate delivery of a 19 or 20 year old nick Drake, make this album AT TIMES a bit tedius to me. The highs are quite high, but not nearly as high as the highs on his next 2 albums. And the lows are so much lower than those 2 albums.

Rating: 8.5/10
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From 08/16/2016 14:41
This record is somehow both epic, and empty. It's so frail and thin, but also so large. It's really a paradox of music. Nevertheless, really very pretty, the way his voice contrasts the guitar throughout is breathtaking. A lot of his melodies are rather bland, but he steps up instrumentally by mixing in tons of diferent stringed and percussion instruments to keep it interesting. I plan on coming back around to this album very soon.
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Best Albums of 1969
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
3. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
4. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
5. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
6. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground
7. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
8. Tommy by The Who
9. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
10. Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young With Crazy Horse
12. The Band by The Band
13. In A Silent Way by Miles Davis
14. Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) by The Kinks
15. Crosby, Stills & Nash by Crosby, Stills & Nash
16. The Stooges by The Stooges
17. Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
18. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
19. Willy And The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield
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