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Five Leaves Left for me-just. All three amazing though.
although i think five leaves left wins by more than 'just'.
just edges it over five leaves left for me, i love the simplicity of it.
Bryter Later is dire.
Pink Moon is great but not in a smaller way than FLL, which is just a huge beautiful pile of gorgeousness. It says a lot about people's tastes when they prefer Pink Moon.
not not not
it's really grown on me over the years, though. some of the arrangements are a bit naff, but then you've got 'introduction', which is one of the most gorgeous pieces of music i know of. pink moon is his best though, brutal as it is.
And how has no-one mentioned Northern Sky and Hazy Jane II?
All killer no instrumental filler.
I love the sparseness of it. I do really like the strings on Five Leaves Left though.
I agree with Wrighty - don't like Bryter Layter at all.
...once you get to know the back story. I think 'Horn' is painfully beautiful, ditto 'Know'. 'Black Eyed Dog', now that's an intense vocal.
has some grating production/arrangements but the songs are good. I probably prefer the highlights of Bryter Later to anything on Pink Moon
that said, as albums
Five Leaves Left 9/10
Pink Moon 9/10
Bryter Layter 8/10
no other album like it in the world. literally nothing else. a last will and testament with no embellishments. oddly cathartic too. the non album offcuts are alright too joey, black eyed dog especially.
and all the offcuts, extra tracks, demos, recent 'family tree' compilation album, remixes everything.
just in case you don't know him and you fancied it.
Definitely Pink Moon...it's perfect. The first 2 LP's have some really dodgy moments (like Man In A Shed or the backing vocals on Poor Boy).
so there you go!
For the aforementioned sparseness & intimacy. I find it much more affecting than the other two.
Next would be Bryter Later, then Five Leaves Left. Though Three hours off the latter is one of my favourite songs by him...
For River Man. But they're all brilliant in their own way. Not understanding the Bryter Layter negativity at all. And what's wrong with the sax? It really enhances the gorgeous Chimes Of A City Clock.
Actually, one of my favourite songs of his is Toe The Line, which was only discovered a couple of years ago. It's so sparse and haunting and as good as anything on Pink Moon.