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Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk

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  • Audio CD (May 26 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Imports
  • ASIN: B000006O7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
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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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Japanese edition of his posthumous 1998 & second album,'Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk', with 'GunshotGlitter' & 'Thousand Fold' added as bonus tracks. 22 trackstotal. Double jewelcase. A Sony Records release.Also includes lyircs to all tracks.

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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By A Customer on May 5 2004
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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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 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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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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'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 price of the set. It's hard to imagine what changes Jeff may have made, because the tracks are so captivating they seem perfect already.
'The Sky is a Landfill' is a smooth-yet-rockin' opener that like many tracks on this disc reaches heights Chris Martin and Coldplay can only dream of achieving. Throughout this collection one can see not only how influential Jeff has been, but the diversity of his own influences -- from the Prince-influenced (and Grammy nominated) 'Everybody Here Wants You' to the equally soulful gospel tune 'Satisfied Mind,' the legacies of Jeff and many who came before him shine through.
The second disc gives a glimpse at what might have been; songs in the making. This disc is fascinating because it gives us a look into Jeff's songwriting and the process of experimentation he underwent to achieve his unique sound. This is more than Jeff playing around on a four-track (although he does play around a little); it is a glimpse of a true artist doing what he did best -- create.
If you loved 'Grace' and/or have any sort of appreciation for Jeff's music, this set is a MUST HAVE. Pick it up.
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A tragic, untimely end came to the life of much-admired singer/songwriter, Jeff Buckley, in the May of 1997 when Buckley playfully jumped in the Mississippi River and was caught by an undertow. At the time of his death, Buckley was in the midst of the trying process of composing a follow-up to his 1994 debut album, Grace. He had almost completed an album with producer Tom Verlaine (former guitarist of the legendary punk and new wave pioneers, Television). Unsatisfied with that work, Buckley parted ways with Verlaine and relocated to Memphis where he began anew, recording four-track demos which he hoped to build into a more pleasing album. Was the delay of new material the result of a perfectionist neurotically nitpicking over slight blemishes in perfectly enjoyable songs or a serious artist in a difficult period enacted reasonable quality control? On Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk, the 1998 double-album that combines songs from both the Verlaine sessions and the Memphis demos, there is evidence of both.
First of all, it should be mentioned that Sketches generally features a more bitter and livid tone than Grace. The latter album featured one quite brooding song "Eternal Life," but the exception has become the rule on Sketches. The harsher climate works more often than not, but Buckley, obviously more adept in the emotionally warm atmosphere of Grace stand-outs such as "Last Goodbye" and "Mojo Pin," is occasionally caught on snags.
Take the nearly nihilistic "The Sky in a Landfill," which opens disc one, the section of Sketches composed of the Verlaine sessions, for example. Buckley has collected a bunch of grim phrases ("evil black the sky," "public's empty promise," "garbage dump of souls") but seems to have little idea of how exactly to fit them together.
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