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Bryter Layter

Nick Drake

Bryter Layter

...folk/jazz instrumentation
UNI237 (Universal Music Group)
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1
Introduction

Introduction

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
01:32 Play
2
Hazey Jane II

Hazey Jane II

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
03:45 Play
3
At The Chime Of A City Clock

At The Chime Of A City Clock

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
04:45 Play
4
One Of These Things First

One Of These Things First

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
04:51 Play
5
Hazey Jane I

Hazey Jane I

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
04:29 Play
6
Bryter Layter

Bryter Layter

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
03:21 Play
7
Fly

Fly

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
02:59 Play
8
Poor Boy

Poor Boy

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
06:06 Play
9
Northern Sky

Northern Sky

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
03:45 Play
10
Sunday

Sunday

Composer Nick Drake
Band Nick Drake
03:44 Play
Total Running Time 39 minutes
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Recorded in 1970, this is the second of three albums by Nick Drake. Like 'Five Leaves Left', the album contains no unaccompanied songs. Drake was accompanied by part of the British folk rock group Fairport Convention and John Cale from The Velvet Underground, as well as Beach Boys musicians Mike Kowalski and Ed Carter.

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Demonstrating the abilities shown on 'Five Leaves Left' wasn't a one-off,  'Bryter Layter' featured another set of exquisitely arranged and performed tunes, with producer Joe Boyd and orchestrator Robert Kirby reprising their roles from the earlier release. Starting with the elegant instrumental 'Introduction', as lovely a mood-setting piece as one would want, Bryter Layter indulges in a more playful sound at many points, showing that Drake was far from being a constant king of depression. While his performances remain generally low-key and his voice quietly passionate, the arrangements and surrounding musicians add a considerable amount of pep, as on the jazzy groove of the lengthy 'Poor Boy'.

The argument could be made that this contravenes the spirit of Drake's work, but it feels more like a calmer equivalent to the genre-sliding experiments of Van Morrison at around the same time. Numbers that retain a softer approach, like 'At the Chime of a City Clock', still possess a gentle drive to them. Cale's additions unsurprisingly favor the classically trained side of his personality, with particularly brilliant results on "Northern Sky." As his performances on keyboards and celeste help set the atmosphere, Drake reaches for a perfectly artful reflection on loss and loneliness and succeeds wonderfully.
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