Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1970)
Not many artists can say that their entire studio catalogue is on the 1001 list.
The supremely talented Nick Drake is one of the members of this exclusive club.
Bryter Layter is the second of Drake’s trio of 1001-listed studio albums recorded during his tragically brief career. Although it is his most upbeat record, overall I found it less interesting than Five Leaves Left and Pink Moon.
That being said, less interesting for Nick Drake is still miles from throwaway and superior to the majority of popular music. Bryter Layter has much to offer and his guitar playing is as spectacular as ever, notably on Hazey Jane I. Then there’s gorgeous penultimate tune Northern Sky: better love songs are hard to find.
The album cover is a bit misleading as it’s a full band throughout. The musicians are all fine, capable players individually and as a collective.
It’s just that Nick Drake may be the prime example of less is more. If I had to choose, I prefer the more intimate, one-man & an acoustic show.