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Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk
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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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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.
'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.
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.Read more ›
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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
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2004
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by derek
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Jess
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Chris
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 morePublished on Dec 23 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Tim Brough
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 morePublished on June 14 2003 by R. Bruynesteyn
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