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Five Leaves Left (album) by Nick Drake 

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Five Leaves Left
Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake (1969)
Overall rank: 191st   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 799 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1969 (9th)
Top 50 albums of the 1960s (33rd)
Top 200 albums of all time (191st)

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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 63 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 34,445.

Nick Drake album bestography « Higher ranked (63rd) This album (191st) Lower ranked (268th) »
Pink MoonFive Leaves LeftBryter Layter

Members who like this album also like: Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Revolver by The Beatles and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.

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84/100 (from 799 votes)
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From mdbaxter 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 JimagineL 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 LedZep 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 RealSlimFatty 02/04/2018 13:52
Everyone talks about Pink Moon (deservedly so) but this one deserves praise also.
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From Mercury 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 xMUSICSNOBx 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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From garycottier 06/18/2016 20:44
A beautifully haunting album from Nick Drake. Five leaves left, is basically perfect, every song is a mini masterpiece. It's atmospheric and intimate and is extremely emotive. Superb guitar work too. A true classic.
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From TheSmiths82-87 06/15/2016 10:09
As debut albums go, there are only a handful in my opinion that are better than this, it arrived without much fuss and disappeared without any kind of chart history or even modest sales but it has certainly grown in stature over time.

Nick Drake's practically whispered vocals, his very precise lyrics, and the great guitar work, in particular on tracks like Cello Song are a delight to the senses. A lot of these tracks have a sweeping orchestral arrangement which compliments the delicate vocals, and gives the likes of River Man and The Thoughts Of Mary Jane the dream-like feel of a green English summer afternoon.
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From Lefoule7 05/16/2016 23:24
One of the best albums of all time.
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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. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
5. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
6. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground
7. Tommy by The Who
8. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
9. Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
10. The Band by The Band
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young And Crazy Horse
12. Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
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. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield
19. Willy And The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival
20. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone



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