Mastered from the Original Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios by Original Engineer John Wood
1970 Sophomore Album One of Somber Beauty, Exceptional Arrangements, Chilled Atmospherics, and Incredible Intimacy
Members of Fairport Convention Join John Cale, Producer Joe Boyd, and Orchestrator Robert Kirby in Helping Pull Off Drake's Quiet Perfection
Pink Moon Also Available on 180g LP
After crafting a debut album full of beauteous, somber chamber-folk, Nick Drake proved his low-key singing, gentle folk, and supreme mood-setting were no fluke on Bryter Layter. With a bright, sparkling production and mellow orchestrations, the framework is light and airy, a touchstone for what evolved into the singer-songwriter movement.
Drake's artfully expressed turmoil occasionally peeks through in the lyrics and understated-but-heartfelt vocal deliveries. "At the Chime of a City Clock" finds Drake facing existential despair at every turn, despite an almost-lugubrious string arrangement. Perhaps the crucial moment of Bryter Layter occurs on "Poor Boy," where female backing vocalists seemingly mock the singer's anguished laments. Yet the record also claims a subtle playfulness that again suggests Drake not the miserable soul that he's often portrayed in the media. This LP is a stunning reflection at solitary thought and existence, and the loss that accompanies such states.
Mastered from the original analog master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by original producer/engineer John Wood, this sublime reissue is the definitive pressing. No music lover should be without it.
"Even in his best moods, though, Drake seems to be reaching out from a position of isolation to a like soul, as in "Hazey Jane I." More characteristic is the intensely considered solitude of "Poor Boy," "One of These Things First" and "Fly," which features John Cale's moaning viola...It's a measure of his instinct for maintaining a sense of mystery that Bryter Layter's reflections are as ephemeral as a man's breath on a mirror."
- Rolling Stone