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Resembling at times a soft-sung Robert Plant, Buckley was an intuitive vocalist capable of dizzying arabesques and choir-boy sweetness. He is joined here by a tight band for 10 tracks highlighting his stylistic range--Pearl Jam bluesy on "Eternal Life," impossibly serene on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," art-school noisy on "So Real," Led Zep daring on "Mojo Pin." Unorthodox, this was the debut of '94. --Jeff Bateman
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Sadly, this was Buckley's only official release, save "Sketches," a double disc which captured Buckley's sessions for his second album. His career was cut short short due to a drowning accident that left him dead at age 31. Particularly tragic is that Buckley's father, the equally prolific Tim Buckley died young as well and haunted Jeff throughout his short life. For further insight into both men, the book "Dream Brother" by David Browne is particularly knowledgeable and well-researched.
It might be easy to remember the handsome, staggeringly charismatic, and tragically fatalistic Buckley as an iconoclastic figure of Rock 'N' Roll; the Kurt Cobain who never was. But the music Buckley left behind is far more dominant than any iconoclastic quality he had.
Jeff Buckley left the musical world with a collection of 10 moody, spirited, brutally honest, even touching reflections on love, spirituality, and most chillingly, given his tragic fate, mortality. The title track is particularly lugubrious, with Buckley ruminating over the appeal of death: "And the rain is falling/I believe my time has come/It reminds me of the pain/I might leave behind."
Many have described Buckley's voice as "angelic." Perhaps this description can be attributed to his lack of natural limitations. The uniqueness of his multi-octave range was simply otherworldly; in fact, no note was out of reach for Buckley.Read more ›
It is beauty. It is perfect. It is also ironically indescribable.
Lover You Should've... is a personal dream song for me. I just love the way it builds up. Mojo Pin is an ecclectic but very satisfying song that takes me on journey's rarely managed by other bands (early U2 and Radiohead are the exceptions here) and Last Goodbye is so damn sad! (but very good)This is truly a great album.
If you no have, you loose. Simple really.
The minor hit Last Goodbye is a mid-tempo rock ballad with soulful vocals. The style changes for the old song Lilac Wine which gets a soulful interpretation, mournful and tender. The brooding So Real has stunning vocals and awesome guitar parts, whilst Buckley's version of the Leonard Cohen composition Hallelujah is slow and gentle. Although different in style from John Cale's powerful cover, it is on the same level and more appealing than the Cohen original.
Lover You Should Have Come Over starts out like a mainstream pop ballad but increases in vocal intensity and is embellished with lovely organ. A form of spiritual catharsis is reached on the devotional Corpus Christi Carol with Buckley in full falsetto mode. This hymn fits in perfectly with the shifting but cohesive modal pattern of the album.
Then it's back to loud, guitar-driven rock on Eternal Life. According to the track listing, the album ends with Dream Brother, where the memorable guitar patterns and poetic lyrics create an oneiric quality. My copy of the CD has an eleventh track, another slow and tortured rock ballad about lost love and regret.
Most of the songs, especially the rock numbers, have drastic tempo and vocal variations, from a whisper to a soar so to speak. The tunes are not immediately obvious and Grace needs some repeated listening before it can be appreciated for the great and timeless work that it is. Real rating: Four and a half stars.
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A remarkable album by a remarkable performer who left us all too soon. In some cases one might say that a second CD of alternative versions and additional tracks is a bit of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Russell McGowan
This music is fabulous! The whole album is great and Jeff's voice and lyrics are haunting... they stay with me and I find I even wake up with his songs playing in my heart. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Debra Laroche
One of the best cover versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” I've heard. The rest of the album is also amazing.Published 16 months ago by Ian McEachern
... really not much else to say. Very good stuff and I got it at a good price as well!Published 23 months ago by Elysse Presant
He died far too soon, but not before he left this masterpiece with the best version of Hallelujah that is ever likely to be recorded. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2013 by Amazon Customer
Unbelievable! Buy this album. Listen to this album. I'm a singer and musician. This guy was freaking amazing. I know music, I love music, and I love this album. Read morePublished on March 21 2009 by Paul Berry
Buckley is forever linked to other "indie" icons like the late, great Elliot Smith and Nick Drake, simply because all three created amazingly intimate albums, and their... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2005 by momo_adachi
Jeff Buckley culminated in Grace. His loss is indescribable, and yet the music lives on. "Hallelujah" is actually probably one of the most beautiful things I've ever... Read morePublished on July 29 2005 by Jaime
I first heard this album in 1999 and it literally took my breath away. My heart stopped during the tracks "Hallelujah" and "Lilac Wine". Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2004
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