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Jeff Buckley was a prolific singer/songwriter, always striving for perfection. He would record many of his songs in various styles. Jeff also took time to record a number of songs by the artists who inspired him. Both of these aspects of Jeff's music are encompassed on Grace (Legacy Edition). Disc One features the original album newly remastered for a new sonically rich, crisp sound not heard before. Disc Two features previously unreleased live recordings & material recorded during the Grace sessions, including the highly sought-after track "Forget Her." Grace (Legacy Edition) also includes a bonus DVD featuring a newly expanded version of the original Grace documentary (included on the Live In Chicago DVD), now titled "The Making Of Grace."
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.
Buckley has one of the most powerfully emotive voices I've ever heard. It is a light, clean, and high tenor, and he shows notable control, filling every word with tremendous feeling. His barren interpretation of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' is an emotional masterpiece, the finest cover of this much-remade song I have ever heard. His guitar-playing is also varied and effective.
His songwriting, however, leaves something to be desired. While he pens several good lines, an equal number of them are inscrutable stuff like "Born again from the rhythm screaming down from heaven / ageless, ageless and I'm there in your arms" (from 'Mojo Pin'). Melodies seem to come and go as they please, and the production, while adequate, is fairly uninteresting. Buckley's interpretive talents are wasted on his own material.
Jeff Buckley is, to me, much like Enrico Caruso. Like Buckley, Caruso had uniquely powerful and moving voice that could salvage mediocre material but, when applied to great songs, produced authoritative works that still leave listeners in awe. Caruso was perhaps the greatest singer of his time, but he was wise enough to recognize his own finitude and chose to only bring life to the works of others, not try to create his own. Buckley, also a great talent, is best when he follows that same course.
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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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 12 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 15 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 22 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 on March 21 2014 by Elysse Presant
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
First track Mojo Pin is a structurally complex slice of tortured prog rock, whilst Grace, the title track, falls into the same stylistic category. Read morePublished on July 22 2006 by Peter Uys
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
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