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Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk

Jeff Buckley Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. The Sky Is A Landfill
2. Everybody Here Wants You
3. Opened Once
4. Nightmares By The Sea
5. Yard Of Blonde Girls
6. Witches' Rave
7. New Year's Prayer
8. Morning Theft
9. Vancouver
10. You & I
Disc: 2
1. Nightmares By The Sea
2. New Year's Prayer
3. Haven't You Heard
4. I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted To Be)
5. Murder Suicide Meteor Slave
6. Back In N.Y.C.
7. Demon John
8. Your Flesh Is So Nice
9. Jewel Box
10. Satisfied Mind

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Perhaps the most talented "son act" in pop music, Jeff Buckley combined the often harrowing eclecticism of estranged papa Tim Buckley with the rock acrobatics of Robert Plant. This posthumously released collection of four-track demos and sessions helmed by Tom Verlaine indicates that Buckley's astonishing full-length debut, Grace, was no fluke. The young singer-songwriter puts his falsetto to good use on an extraordinary collection of original material, from the soulful "Everybody Here Wants You" to the psychedelic "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave." And while his bluesy take on Porter Wagoner's "Satisfied Mind" may not be as revelatory as his earlier version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," this album offers ample proof that Buckley was among his generation's most gifted voices. --Bill Forman


Though the posthumous Sketches contains only rough drafts of tunes intended (and a few deemed inadequate) for the singer's follow-up to the outstanding 1994 debut Grace, its musical shimmer and emotional resonance compensate for missteps and a lack of polish.... From the salacious rock of Your Flesh Is So Nice to a forlorn cover of Porter Wagoner's country ballad Satisfied Mind," Buckley demonstrates a stylistic range and vocal honesty that few '90s singer/songwriters share. -- USA Today

[A] testament to Buckley's role as a lifelong student of rock history.... [An] incomplete, yet affecting, farewell. -- Entertainment Weekly

[I]t's the clarity and punch of these [Tom] Verlaine versions [of Buckley's songs] that help bring out the promise of Buckley's rock-punctuated folk style.... -- The Los Angeles Times

[The late Jeff] Buckley had a trove of material prepared for his next album.... Powerful, impassioned and haunting, [these songs] are a sadly fitting legacy--sketches of what might have been. -- People

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unfinished masterpeice May 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
so experimental and beautiful. Disc one is much more polished than two but doesnt mean its better. the gems that stand out on both cd's for me are "everybody here wants you" and "I know we could be so happy" but just like grace a new favorite pops after each listen. he was a true musical genius and it seems like the pot of them just keeps gettin thiner. i recommend this only for those who truly appreciate the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By derek
Format:Audio CD
It is a tragic shame this album was not completed. This shows Buckley's willingness to evolve into a true artist. He finished 'Grace' with class, it was time to move on. Some of the songs on this album would fit perfectly on Radiohead's recent releases, while others could be attached to an almost endless list of random artists. The first disc is a group of studio cuts destined, most likely to never see the light of day(not these versions at least).The second disc is comprised, mostly of home recordings(after Buckley was dissatisfied with direction).This record may just be "sketches", but one day it will get the attention it deserves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Beauty After the Fact Oct. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
Had the marketing gluttons at Columbia held their greed in check and issued this at a single disc's length and price, it might have made a greater impression. Sadly, they have opted to milk the passing of Jeff Buckley by releasing every scrap of tape available, including a disc's worth of unnecessary demos here. "(Sketches For) My Sweetheart The Drunk," even as an incomplete work, still sounds amazing. Buckley had the soaring voice of a tormented angel and was barely beginning to understand his potential. It shows if you contrast the alternate versions of "Nightmares By The Sea" or "New Year's Prayer." But aside from those two songs and a straightforward solo performance of "Satisfied Mind," disc two is the kind of yuck that would never be released if the responsible party had a chance to get back to it later. Unfortunately Jeff Buckley doesn't have that option.
But the first disc, oh, what a loss we have sustained! The apocalyptic imagery of "The Sky is a Landfill" fills all the promise of "Grace." There is a newly mined soulfulness to "Everybody Here Wants You" and a haunted quality to "You and I" that suggests he and producer Tom Verlaine were kindred spirits. (Indeed, some of these songs hearken, in the best way possible, to Verlaine's finest work as a solo artist and with Television.)
It's pretty darned obvious that Buckley was in the process of making a brilliant album. The final "My Sweetheart The Drunk" is something we will never hear as Jeff intended, and that's the pity.
Disc One: 5 stars
Disc Two: 1 star
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! July 12 2009
Format:Audio CD
Sketches for my sweetheart the drunk is just as amazing as Grace. If you're a big fan of Grace, you'll want to hear this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here's what this stuff REALLY is... Jan. 28 2004
By Jess
Format:Audio CD
Ok. I've read a lot of reviews about this cd set, and a lot of them are not really appropriate. The songs that are piled together on this cd are simply what the band memebers and Buckley's mom found after his death. None of these songs were "ready" to be on any official album by Jeff Buckley. These are unfinished works, and there's really no reason for people to think that these songs are a far cry from Grace. Do your research. This is not mainstream music that is going to grow on people like a couple songs from Grace were. This cd set is for the true fans who "get it".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music At Its Best! Jan. 6 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
This album is my bible Jeff Buckley is my God we come together to make a chance in the starlight, altough Jeff never finished this album his un finished music leaves you thinking what if he did finish it? does it even get better than this? but then you realise there is no what if and only what is and this album along with grace, Is one of the best albums I had ever heard and a voice like no other, a voice you will never hear more perfect and beautifull then the voice of Jeff Buckley it is indeed a voice to hold in the dark!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a look Dec 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
Jeff Buckley's second studio album is only half finished but still better than what most of todays pop dreck will release in thier pitiful careers. Standouts include the seductive 'Everybody here wants you' the playful 'Witches rave' and the epic love song 'Vancouver' a 3 minute rollercoaster ride of a song about being the "other man". These 3 songs alone make this album worth buying whether you're a fan or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Work in Progress...... Sept. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
Simply stated, this is a very very cool collection of songs, of sincere, heartfelt creativity, interwoven with some beautiful, angry, intense, wistful, eerie and reflective moments. Having said that, I feel a special connection to this album (all his albums really)because I've made the effort to try and understand who Jeff was, and when you personalize music, what anyone else says is a totally irrelevant. Okay, enough with the platitudes....to be critical, disc one is a bit uneven, but circumstances being what they are, what can be done about that? This isn't a John Mayer album of nice pop ditties carefully crafted to "flow well". This is the real deal, a mastermind going through the heartwrenching struggle of identification that is being an artist. It shows Jeff searching, perhaps setting aside the Zeppelin influence of "Grace" and trying to acheive a musical breakthrough of sorts. More on that in a moment. "Everybody here Wants You", "Morning Theft", "Opened Once" and the alluringly haunting "You & I" are certifiable beauties, especially the latter. Turn this one up loud, dim the lights, and stare at the back cover photo while playing this. You will be deeply moved as a result. "Sky is a Landfill" and "Vancouver" are excellent, well crafted songs, and they draw you in like no other. "Yard of Blonde Girls" is a little weaker than the other nine tracks here, but the trancelike, Arabian feel of "New Year's Prayer" more than suffices and makes up for it. "Witches Rave" is just a fun little number, kind of serving to clear the palette as it were, coming just past midway throught the first half of this... Read more ›
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