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  • Audio CD (Aug. 23 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000029DD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 422 customer reviews
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1. Mojo Pin
2. Grace
3. Last Goodbye
4. Lilac Wine
5. So Real
6. Hallelujah
7. Lover, You Should`ve Come Over
8. Corpus Christi Carol
9. Eternal Life
10. Dream Brother

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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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Format: Audio CD
Nearly ten years after it was released, Jeff Buckley's first and only official release, Grace retains its power and nearly mystical quality. Grace is perhaps the best album of the nineties in terms of sheer power. Even the most talented group of the grunge movement, Nirvana failed to deliver an album this musically interesting, lyrically accomplished, and just downright incendiary.
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.
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Any attempt I have made so far to describe this album to those who have never heard it has fallen far short of the power of actually playing it, but I must try again, I always do... it is not music for the background, or for a party... It is haunting, it is sweet, it is perfect and flawless and yet broken and, at times, heavy with the emotion of a sinner. Yet also it is light, in songs such as "Hallelujah", a constant favorite. Every song is full of various emotions, and they are not simple or wonderously happy. They are the feelings of one who lived a life, however short, full of misery and yet found a way to leave that behind. Buckley was different from the rest of us, its true. Everything he felt was hundreds of times stronger than a normal person should feel. And yet, his music is not complaining, it is just feeling. You can adapt the beautiful lyrics and quavering,(perfect) voice to any feeling you may be having, and be immediately lifted by the beauty you hear.
It is beauty. It is perfect. It is also ironically indescribable.
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By A Customer on Dec 28 1999
Format: Audio CD
Apart from the odd Christian friend that looked at me side ways for owning a Pink Floyd CD, I doubt that any recording has caused more tension among visitors than this album. Because Jeff Buckley is so expressive when he sings, those looking for pure entertainment and mindless catchy tunes seem to freak at this weirdo with the falsetto that God took so much time in making. What are they afraid of, having to think about what they're listening to? Me thinks so. This album is no mistake. I believe he released it knowing the love/hate effect it would have on people. The variety of songs and styles reflect that. He achieved much in a short time and caused many peole around the world to convert to thinking Music.
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.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 22 2006
Format: Audio CD
First track Mojo Pin is a structurally complex slice of tortured prog rock, whilst Grace, the title track, falls into the same stylistic category. Both of these are infused with the intricate and stirring guitar textures of the great guitar master Gary Lucas, the co-composer.

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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