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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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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


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

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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute April 28 2003
By jeu8478
Format:Audio CD
The first posthumous release after Buckley's untimely drowning death, "Sketches. . ." is an an in-progress document of the album he was working on at the time of his death. It's a two-disc collection, with the first disc comprising what the final album might have been like, and the second with alternate mixes, demoes, and the like. Listening to the first disc, it doens't sound like a work in progress. . .the songs actually sound pretty well complete, although two or three more songs would have made the album itself seem more complete. "Sketches" is a dark pop record that showcases Jeff Buckley's gifted songwriting and absolutely beautiful voice. The best songs on the album are the opener, the raucous "The Sky is a Landfill"; the sexy "Everybody Here Wants You", which features a vocal more soulful than most of what's out there today, black or white; and "Vancouver", a chiming rocker.
If there are any major problems with the album, it's mainly that the second disc is not a very satisfying listening experience for the casual fan. The alternate mixes of songs already heard don't add much, and the demos are very, very rough. That being said, the casual fan is probably not the reason the disc was added, and so for them it just has to serve a historical purpose. All in all, a good set for the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Groundbreaking Odyssey Into Music March 16 2003
By M. Neal
Format:Audio CD
Sketches is one of the best albums I own. It is also one of the most anguishing. This duality exists because the music was never finished, they are but "sketches" of the work that was to become "My Sweetheart the Drunk". Some are studio takes, others rough and barely realized 4-track demos. Had they been finished, they would be astonishing. As they are, they are still incredible, and we should be so lucky to have even these. The music is groundbreaking, particularly the second disc of mostly 4-track recordings, and the lyrics are denser, more evocative and evolved. They are also heartbreaking, as you can almost feel the creative energy in each note. Some are put off by the rough quality of the demos, but they have their own charm in Jeff's exuberance. The one flaw is that this album doesn't contain more of the actual demos. Two tracks are a rather pointless alternate mix, and both discs are on the short side. There was a wealth of extra material that could have been drawn from however, such as two tracks placed on b-sides, and foreign releases, as well as bootlegged tracks of demos that are only available illicitly. These are all oustanding and original tracks, and should have been included on the official release. If Jeff had lived to record "My Sweetheart the Drunk" as he had intended, it would have been phenomenal record. Instead we have these gorgeous blueprints of what might have been, and at least that is something. I urge you to explore this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
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!
Published on July 12 2009 by Theresa Laurenti
1.0 out of 5 stars Some Clever Lyrics, But Mostly A Bore!
Jeff Buckley had a great vocal range and some nice guitar work on this album, and quite a few clever lyrics, but he is such a bore. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's what this stuff REALLY is...
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Music At Its Best!
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a look
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. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by "lizard_scum"
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Beauty After the Fact
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Tim Brough
2.0 out of 5 stars Grace is unique!
The milking of the legacy has started. On hearing this I became convinced that JB would have been a one hit wonder, had he lived. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by R. Bruynesteyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook this gem.
'Sketches' is a fantastic piece of music. The quality and sheer artistic genius of Jeff Buckley's work comes out in full force on the first disc, which alone is well worth the... Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by James
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