Five Leaves Left (studio album) by Nick Drake

Five Leaves Left by Nick Drake
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 168th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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84/100 (from 995 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1969 (7th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (30th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (168th)
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Nick Drake bestography

Five Leaves Left is ranked 2nd best out of 12 albums by Nick Drake on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nick Drake is Pink Moon which is ranked number 50 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,891.

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84/100 (from 995 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.5/100, a mean average of 83.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.7.

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95/100
From 02/20/2022 07:03
The story goes that Nick Drake's understated, intimate lyricism was a product of his being "too sensitive for this world," a remark that diminishes his skill and commitment to revision by reducing them to an emotional quirk. Nick had "a skin too few" maybe, as Gabrielle Drake would say, but hardly a superpower or malignant brand of genius.

Five Leaves Left is his best album by a hair, and that hair grows on a little patch of versatility. While Pink Moon and Bryter Layter are masterpieces in their own right (and both would find spots on my chart if it weren't for my 1 album per artist rule), Five Leaves Left is more emotionally flexible. "Time Has Told Me" could be either your mother whispering the opening notes of a lullaby or your lover murmuring a gentle good morning. It's the balm you reach for to soothe or the champagne you sip to celebrate.

Five Leaves Left is both a respite from the harshness of the world and an exploration of the thousands of beauties you might find in it, and that duality only happens through Nick Drake's willingness to speak as carefully as he listens.
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80/100
From 02/10/2022 12:19
I much prefer the atmosphere of Bryter Layter but this one has good one too. Not necessarily my thing, but I can appreciate unique arrangement of River Man and a lot of other tracks here.
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75/100
From 11/15/2021 19:18
I came to this way later than the rest of Drake's material, and that's both a blessing and a curse. While I can appreciate the musicality and sonic decisions, there is better material out there in my opinion.
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From 09/18/2021 17:18
Reminds me of Buffalo Springfield in parts. His voice is really soothing, and the instrumentation is great. I just wish it were a little less busy sometimes.
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From 02/19/2021 17:03
lovely, mature, strong leaning toward folk as it visits both pop and psychedelia, a gem
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85/100
From 01/27/2021 09:49
What a beautiful, but sad, album. Loved it immediately after the first time I listened it.
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From 11/17/2020 14:37
Si lo escuchas una vez, irás por tu segunda...
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From 09/10/2020 22:05
I absolutely love this album
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From 06/17/2020 06:44
I knew nothing about Nick Drake when I first put this on. I didn't even know what genre it would be or when it was made.

It blew my mind. It blew my mind further when I saw it was made in 1969, and not in the early 2000s.

Sadly the more you learn about Nick, the harder it can become to listen.. as the emptiness he felt inside becomes more audible in his songs. One of the saddest losses in music, caused by a lack of support for mental health and the failure of a record label to look after it's musicians.

But anyway, it's a great album by a great songwriter.
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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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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. Hot Rats by Frank Zappa
9. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
10. In A Silent Way by Miles Davis
11. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
12. Tommy by The Who
13. The Band by The Band
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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