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It's little wonder why Drake felt frustrated at the lack of commercial success his music initially gathered, considering the help he had on his debut record. Besides fine production from Joe Boyd and assistance from folks like Fairport Convention's Richard Thompson and his unrelated bass counterpart from Pentangle, Danny Thompson, Drake also recruited school friend Robert Kirby to create most of the just-right string and wind arrangements. His own performance itself steered a careful balance between too-easy accessibility and maudlin… read more

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  • Better than Pink Moon, the strings add so much and lightness of touch is disarming and charming. Pink Moon is too dark and almost a caricature in contrast.[2]
  • By contrast, I find that Bryter Layter is a little too overproduced. [2] It was indeed overproduced. On "FLL" the balance was perfect. I prefer the guitar-voice sound of "Pink Moon" but man! you can't really complain about Robret Kirby's arrangements. They are stunningly beautiful.
  • <3
  • this shit is real
  • Nick's songwriting abilities really show on this one. Even with the orchestration, his voice and fingerpicking manage to remain at the forefront of the music and captivate the listener. By contrast, I find that Bryter Layter is a little too overproduced.
  • Perfect album.
  • my favorite of the three [5]
  • Absolutely beautful. Very humble and melancholic.
  • This record is 40.17 minutes of pure bliss. It makes me picture thousands of sceneries. Mesmerizing voice, stunning lyrics and astonishingly beautiful, almost breath-taking instrumentation. Absolutely wonderful album!
  • Better than Pink Moon, the strings add so much and lightness of touch is disarming and charming. Pink Moon is too dark and almost a caricature in contrast.

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