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Grace

Jeff Buckley

1994

Grace

Album Summary

Grace is the only studio album by American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, released on August 23, 1994, by Columbia Records. The album had poor sales and received mixed reviews at the time of its release. However, in recent years it has dramatically risen in critical reputation. An extended version of the album (subtitled "Legacy Edition"), celebrating its tenth anniversary, was released on August 23, 2004, and peaked at number 44 in the UK. Grace re-entered the albums chart in Australia at number 44 for the week of January 29 to February 5, 2007, 13 years after its original release date. It is currently certified 8× platinum in Australia. The album has been cited by critics and listeners as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

3.68

Votes

6126

Genres

  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Its tragic that this is the only album we ever got from Buckley, but what an album it is. Right off the bat, we have a song where Buckley's voice transforms from a whisper to a yell, it fades and swells throughout the song, something that is characteristically done throughout the album in a powerful way. The progression is superb on every song. A sense of importance is created for certain elements of the songs by his generous use of give-and-take. We become aware of almost every musical component by it's inevitable absense, almost a dark metaphor for Buckley himself. Instruments are used to add power to his already so powerful voice. It's so full of emotion, and much more somber than you would expect if you only ever heard his cover of 'Hallelujah'. Something about this album reminds me of early Radiohead, except Jeff seems to have a more straightforward direction with his songs. The album art is inconic, it shows us how central Buckley's voice is to these songs, and perfectly captures a feeling of sadness or darkness, which is reflected in the tracks. Overall, this is such an iconic and beautiful album with some serious jams on it. It makes me think of all the talented individuals taken before their time, who may not have had a chance to give us amazing art that could be timelessly enjoyed. Favorite song: mojo pin Least favorite song: lost highway

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

Im pleased for him that he has such a diverse range of orgasms, but it spoils the album when he dubs them over the end of every song. Competent, but he really lverdoes each song.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Very interesting mix of different rock styles, particularly classics and alt. rock, with a tiny bit of prog/psychedelic. Great voice and musical style, loved it...

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

First time listening and was blown away. What a legend. So haunting.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Brilliant rock arrangements and vocals

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI2X9ZY35PM

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Cela faisait 9 mois que cet album apparraissait assombri, avec un cadenas aposé sur sa pochette dans ma bibliothèque Spotify. Aujourd'hui enfin, après 9 long mois d'attente, nous avons pu débloquer le bijou de Jeff Buckley. Tel un bon vin, cet album, grâce à la censure totalitaire imposée par Robert, s'apprécie d'autant plus. Pour cela, je remercie Robert, qui n'hésite pas à user de sa force autoritaire pour nous dicter des lois toutes plus formidables les unes que les autres. Merci Robert, tu fais de la population générateurienne une grande population, à la race pure et aux valeurs intactes.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

I really did not love the style or the music. It was sort of whiny and lame in my opinion.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
1

Much better musically than I previously appreciated. Every song grabbed my attention and quite a few held it. The title tune is flat-out good, folding back on itself with convincing urgency. Last Goodbye rises and falls at unexpected times, if not in unexpected ways. The climaxes and dramatic shifts throughout are traceable (first time I’ve realised that I value the traceability of a song’s progress), the riffs exciting, the melodies haunting. It all adds up to a defined sound it'd be disingenuous to deny. And that really is a good rendition of Hallelujah. Contrary to my previous comments, he does pay attention to getting the song over, withdrawing vocally to give an equal share of the stage to the lyrics and the accompaniment. He earns that wail at the end, too. Yet by the end of the album, I was tense and worn out. What I’ve boiled that down to is this: 50 minutes in the company of a narcissist is unpleasant. That narcissism is partly a lyrical problem, but mostly it’s spiritual. Maximum drama all the time, with himself at the centre of that drama, is, to my ears, emotional immaturity at its wort. It’s not only allowed but indulged—fetishised even—which is how he ends up insisting the couch, her “simple city dress”, the egg he just boiled, or the particular brand of kettle he uses is 'So real'. To Jeff, his experience is the most important experience of all because it happened to him. I can roll with self-mythology all day, but self-idolatry is where I draw the line. While Grace can be exciting and even beautiful, its core is ugly.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
1

Not looking forward to this. My apprehension was fully justified. This album is the emotional equivalent of an oversized mallet wielded by a character from a 1950s cartoon. It is fairly obvious that Jeff had his eyes closed whilst singing for this album, because the music is just so very overwhelming. One is reminded of the Clueless quote - "What is it about college and crybaby music?". Cher was, of course, referring to Radiohead in that quote, but the sentiment (and boy, there's sentiment abound) remains valid for this self-indulgent wankfest.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Unbelievably skill underscored by the tragic end of the artist that's hard to ignore when listening to it. I wish he lived longer because he really could have had his own niche--soulful but raw, virtuosic but not academic, pretty but not vapid.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

L'apparition de cet album a évidemment soulagé le tandem que je forme avec mon compère eltrapeze dans la mesure où nous sommes très clients de ce que gazouille Jeff Buckley. L'interdiction formelle d'écouter le moindre morceau de Grace devenait donc difficile à vivre. J'ai à ce propos récemment constaté qu'une grande partie d'entre vous transgressait sans complexe les dix commandements imposé par Robert au moment de créer le générateur. Je tenais de ce fait à rappeler son décalogue dans cette critique : 1. Je suis Robert, le créateur, qui t'a fait sortir de l'ignorance. Tu n'auras, dans ton cercle proche ou lointain, aucun autre Robert que moi. 2. Tu laisseras de côté tes a priori et jugeras les albums avec la plus grande objectivité. 3. Tu éviteras de m'ajouter sur LinkedIn et ne créeras aucun générateur pirate venant concurrencer celui des 1001. 4. Tu observeras deux jours de repos chaque semaine sauf si tu décides d'activer l'option « weekend albums ». 5. Honore tes goûts musicaux et honnis ceux des autres. 6. Tu critiqueras les albums avec pertinence et n'en sauteras pas. 7. Tu n'écouteras les albums qu'après leur génération, quand bien même tu les connaîtrais déjà. 8. Tu te procureras le grimoire pour une somme au moins égale à 20€. 9. Tu mépriseras les approximations musicales de ton prochain et les rectifieras. 10. Tu ne remettras pas en question mes choix et les glorifieras.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

The rock tunes tend to the multi-movement, and maintain their forward motion despite moderate length across the board. Buckley's voice is what ties the project together through its softer cuts, which were quiet highlights for me. The last couple tracks are examples of what could have been, with Eternal Life's tight but on-the-nose lyrics and Dream Brother's new sonic territory.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

One of those artists I hear about a lot but have never really listened to. Of course I've heard "Hallelujah," which I didn't know was a cover, but that's it. He's got a really powerful, haunting voice. The production on here is really great too, very engaging. Lots of songs I enjoyed, and it makes for a good listen front to back. I'm starting to think the list is trying to make amends for last week by just giving us a slate of great albums. Favorite tracks: Hallelujah, Lilac Wine, Dream Brother, Lover You Should've Come Over. Album art: Simple, but very effective. He's got the brood of a singer-songwriter but his shirt and the mic correctly suggest a more ambitious sound. Crazy that this was his first and only album--this picture seems almost too appropriate for that. I was expecting to read that he overdosed or committed suicide, but perhaps even more tragic that he died going for a swim. 4/5

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Tue Feb 22 2022
1

Hallelujah is a good cover, everything else is subpar soft ballads. Maybe worth a two, but I ain't feelin it

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Fri Sep 11 2020
5

The album that turned a cover of "Hallelujah" into his own song, incredibly powerful and emotional

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Sun Nov 15 2020
5

Perfect

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Sun Dec 20 2020
5

Haunting vocals and such promise

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Amazing, loved it.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Este álbum es toda una experiencia, muy agradable para mi gusto alternativo y progresivo.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Shrek- hallelujah

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

LOOOOVEEEE!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

I've always loved this album ever since hearing Hallelujah. Such powerful vocals and guitar playing, it's such a tragedy we lost him so young. Highlights: -Grace -Lilac Wine -Hallelujah -Lover, You Should Have Come Over

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

An all time favorite

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Obviously 5 stars

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Always great. One of my favorites

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Un album impressionant, bon auteur compositeur interprete, tres eclate et bonne reprise de hallelujah. Je vais y revenir 5*

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

loved it

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

No conocía nada de Jeff Buckley y su tragedia, pero este discazo me encantó. Tampoco sabía que necesitaba otro cover de "Hallelujah" en mi vida, pero aquí está. Todo me gustó: letras, música, la voz de este wey (QEPD) y el mood en general. A veces es todo lo que pido en música que no es precisamente alegre. Ahora pienso que Gaz Coombes se inspiró mucho en este disco para su "Matador". Canciones que más me gustaron: "Grace", "So Real", "Lover, You Should've Come Over" y "Eternal Life". 10/10

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Pensé que iba a estar medio tame cuando vi la portada, pero me sorprendió gratamente que tiene muchos momentos heavys. Canción que más me prendió: So Real está brutalona. Mood: breakdown

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Classic

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Yes

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Wish he was alive :(

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

The first album that's come up on this website so far that I already know and really like. Classic imo, grace is my favourite track. Least favourite probably Hallelujah but that's just because we had to sing it in secondary school once and that ruined it

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

En mi vida había escuchado el nombre Jeff Buckley, pero escuchar este disco fue una sorpresa muy agradable. Me gustó mucho todo el tono del álbum y suena un poco como una mezcla entre grunge y un poco de Radiohead. Una lástima que sea el único álbum que hizo.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Awesome! Front to back I’m ashamed I haven’t listened to this more

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

only complaint is it was i little long but it was really good

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Listened to this during my college days. Forgot how wonderful it is.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Great album, full of emotion and great instrumentation

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Objectivity is usually the name of the game with these things, but then personal tastes often dictate otherwise, and the shark fin of subjectivity approaches the beach of impartiality ready for a partisan ambush. That's where I am with this record. Jeff Buckley's Grace is, simply, one of my favourite albums of all time. I don't even need to listen to it today to familiarise myself with anything. But I will, because, attempting to cast aside any bias, it really is amazing. The first time I heard this record, it was lent to me by my musically accomplished Uncle, who not so much lent me the album but implored me to listen to it. As a headstrong 14 year old with a penchant for loud guitars, I was ready to dismiss this record as middle aged dinner party music. As soon as the opening jangling of 'Mojo Pin' crept in, it was evident that I had to rethink. In fact, this was the record that made me really think about music, rather than just enjoy it. I suppose it sparked the artist in me. Other records would too - Kid A and the arrival of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club made me think like a musician - but none of this would have been possible without Grace. That's the reason for the bias, but thus doesn't have to be based on nepotism. Regardless of what I might say, this really is a great record. Every song is like a beautiful chapter in a transcendental bible, every composition as unique and esoteric as the last, delivered with soulful indulgence, triumph, sorrow, panache, and, grace itself. People will, quite rightly, talk about the voice, but the guitar playing from both Jeff and Michael Tighe is absolutely dialled in. These are songs crafted and delivered with pinpoint artisanship; 'Last Goodbye' runs the gauntlet of human emotions, 'Grace' invites - no, drags - you into a chaotic dream where you dodge raindrops the size of guitar strings, culminating in that iconic high note from the pit of Buckley's soul, his cover of 'Lilac Wine' haunts your psyche, 'So Real' takes you back into the dream you thought you escaped. By the time he's put his own inimitable stamp on Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' (the crown jewel of the album), the opening organ of 'Lover You Should've Come Over' is a welcome respite until that, too, leads you into a cascading crescendo. Just when you think you've got away with it through a delightful rendition of 'Corpus Christi Carol', he plays his live ace in the hole - 'Eternal Life' blows you away with a sonic explosion. An album as beautiful as this can't end on a rollicking firecracker like this, so he soothes you and sends you home happy with 'Dream Brother'. But, like all great experiences, it leaves you savouring what you've just witnessed and wanting more of the same. Jeff Buckley died in 1997 after being swept away by a Mississippi current in a swimming accident, leaving behind the bare bones of a second album. That, too, is very good. However, if a man leaves behind a legacy of just one album, then that man can do a lot worse - and not much better - than Jeff Buckley's Grace.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Really love it

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Both lyrics ad melody were beautiful. Made me cry, specially knowing his story

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Fantastic album. Buckley has got a great voice, love the variety in the album, all-around very good!

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Of course we all know Hallelujah, but up to now I've never knowingly heard anything else by Jeff Buckley. From the first song, it took me by surprise. It's a lot rockier and carries a lot more breadth and depth than I had expected. Far short of a one-hit wonder, this album incorporates a surprisingly wide rang of styles which are all transposed with a high degree of proficiency. After I thought I'd already heard the full range of Jeff Buckley, the album hit me with Corpus Christi Carol then followed by Eternal Life. All in all this is a really good album I'm sure I will revisit.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Awesome album. Love it.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Like Nick Drake before him, this was a bard unsung in his time. Truly ephemeral.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Some of the most gorgeous guitar work ever put on record. The songwriting here is personal and original, and the cover of Hallelujah is the best version of the song by miles. Sometimes chill and sometimes jammy, a great album top to bottom.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
5

I was going to give this a 4 or 5 based on my memory of songs like the epic title track and Halleluiah. Buckley had an angelic voice and was a great song-writer. The album has a real classic feel to it. In a rare move my co-judge offered, unsolicited, that I should "give this one a 5" so my mind was made up.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

i love this album, rip 2 a legend

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Sexy choir boy J-Bux absolutely tears me apart every time I listen to this. So much variation in style but it feels all part of the whole. It's a strange album in that respect, a mix of covers and J-buck originals and jumps around from song to song leaving you wondering what the ef heck style is this. The covers are probably the most effective with the exception of Lover You Should've Come Over, which never fails to delight from the light accordion opening to the wailing, screaming finish. Hallelujah is heinously overplayed but it's an absolute marvel what he did with Leonard's soulful but shlucky (dare I say it?!) original. It's a wonder of the modern world. Lilac wine and Corpus Christi carol are beautiful wisps of magic floating into your ear canals from another universe. It's an album unlike any other I know. The highs are so high in this that it makes up for the last couple of songs that don't match the standard in the rest of it. It's been a delight listening again.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Ive gotten back into this album in a big way in the last couple years. Buckley gets a lot of (rightful acclaim) for having an incredible voice, but he was a fantastic songwriter and arranger as well. Given the fact that he died so young, and the transcendent, ethereal nature of his music, it sometimes seems like he has this aura of sadness around him similar to other musicians who died young. But if you watch live videos and interviews of him, he actually seems like he was pretty goofy and high strung and had a corny sense of humor. Which would’ve been…interesting to see how it would’ve informed his music had his career had a chance to continue. Anyway, this album fucking slaps and the drums are incredible.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Nije za svaku priliku ali masterpiece.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

Always loved this album and always remember how good Buckley's voice is. But, I seem to have forgotten how awesome his band is on this recording. They kill it!

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Great album! I’ve got this one and it is brilliant…

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

the stand-out songs are classics

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

It's cool, I only wanted to be emotionally devastated this afternoon, all good.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
5

Layering emotion and incredible instrumentals, Jeff’s voice is centre stage here. A beautiful collection of original material and covers, complicated and delicate, it gets better and better with more listening as nuance and detail keeps emerging. Top tracks: Mojo Pin, Grace, So Real

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

i like

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Maravilloso! Una delicia musical

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

When I saw the album, I felt like I had heard this artist before and possibly this album, not 100% sure if I have but still sat through the album to give it a listen. Grace sounds quite personal, almost like his letter to death or maybe a i'm here and not getting knocked down anymore, type of album.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

One of the best albums of the 90s

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Classic. Predicted the Bends perhaps… 🧐

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

pretty solid too bad he drowned

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

A classic from my own life experience, and a beautiful voice taken too soon. "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" will ring out on my heartstrings forever.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

I've loved this album for years. Jeff Buckley's songwriting, singing, and guitar playing are immaculate. There are so many great moments on this album. The song "Grace" is eerily prophetic, mixing uplifting music with lyrics such as "Well it's my time coming/I'm not afraid/afraid to die" "And the rain is falling and I believe my time has come/It reminds me of the pain I might leave/leave behind" and "And I feel them drown my name/So easy to know and forget with this kiss/I'm not afraid to go/but it goes so slow." Those last lines are incredibly tragic given how he died. I always loved the frantic, rocking "Eternal Life" followed by the mysterious sounding "Dream Brother" (love the guitar line). "Last Goodbye" is heartbreaking and beautiful. That song, along with "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" hit a bit too close to home...I listened to this album a lot during a tough period in my life. Buckley's lyrics really hit hard on that feeling of love lost. I don't listen to the album much these days mainly because it pulls me back to feelings I've long since moved on from, but nothing changes the fact that this is a gorgeous, powerful album from an incredibly talented musician who was lost too soon.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

I haven’t listened to this album in a couple of years, mainly because I played it so much that I had to let it rest for a while. Putting it on today I’m still blown away by so many aspects of it. First there’s Buckley’s voice. If it doesn’t send shivers down your spine, you should check your pulse ‘cause you’re probably dead. Next there’s the songwriting. The songs are well-crafted and complex without being too complex as to push listeners away. Lastly there’s the production. Andy Wallace didn’t force anything onto this album that would draw attention from Buckley’s voice. He realized that the album would be centered around it and that the choices made in the studio would be all focused on keeping the listener’s attention on it. There are a lot of great albums out there but this one is in a league by itself. There’s so much that I love on here about every track and when I listen to it. I’m actually sad when it’s over, wishing there was more. I would give this album 6 stars if that were possible.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Loved it, especially the song “Hallelujah”.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

An incredibly raw and moving album.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

I hadn't listened to this album in full since the day we found out he had died. I was backpacking around Europe and was drinking cheap sangria in a cheap resort bar in the foothills of Florence. The fellow Aussie I had made friends with convinced the bartender to play his copy of Grace on the stereo. Man what a talent that was lost. Not a huge fan, mostly again by the glut of imitators who followed Buckley (badly) and the over zealous fans who worshipped him to the exclusion of all else. That said, I can appreciate his artistry and his skill as a singer song writer and performer

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

i hope one day i can express my emotions in a level that comes close to this and encapsulate a moment in my life in a way thats truly eternal.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Solo el trio Grace, Last Goodbye y Lilac Wine ya se merecen 4 estrellas **** pero con maravillas como el Hallelujah o Eternal Life toca el cielo. ¡Qué bien cantaba! ¡Qué bien componía! ¡Qué bien tocaba la guitarra! ¿Cómo puede darte tanta pena que se vaya alguien a quien no conoces?

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

There was nothing like this album at that time. Maybe even now. All special, very melodic and interesting structured songs. A unique voice.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Great album. Very soulful, cool edgy punk tones. Eternal life is a major highlight than never landed in the mainstream unfortunately.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Discovered this one in college through a friend and it really floored me the first time I heard it in a way that only a handful of albums ever have. I was a little obsessed with it for awhile and tried to spread the love for it to anyone I came in contact with. Of course, like many intensely emotional albums, I associate this one pretty strongly with an equally intense relationship I was in at the time which has long since ended. So, I don't revisit this one often for that reason because it calls up some fairly painful memories, but it doesn't diminish this album's power for me in the least. I enjoy the first few songs for their strong dynamics but the first song on the album to really gives me goosebumps is "Lilac Wine." His voice is so powerfully emotive that I find it is more effective in a sparer arrangement. It's funny, normally with most singers I wouldn't enjoy the way the vocals are so intimately recorded with nearly every breath audible and presented so front and center in the mix but his voice is such a marvel that I enjoy soaking up every detail. Then of course you get to his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" which is one of those rare songs where his interpretation is so masterful that it has become the definitive version in my eyes, in the same way that something like Jimi Hendrix's version of Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" eclipses its original. His ability to see the power inside that song and draw every last ounce of emotion out of it is not only a stroke of genius but also an amazing feat of talent in its flawless execution. It left me nearly breathless the first time I heard it.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

mojo pin 4/5 grace 4/5 last goodbye 4.5/5 lilac wine 4/5 so real 4.5/5 hallelujah 5/5 lover you should come over 4.5/5 corpus christi carol 3.5/5 eternal life 3.5/5 dream brother 4/5 forget her 5/5 (fav track) overall 85% !

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

There aren’t enough stars for this album. Beautiful, haunting, powerful soaring melodies over intricate guitar lines and driving rhythms. There’s not a bad song here, Lilac Wine & So Real are my favs

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

First time listening, re-listened 1.5 more times after. Heartfelt and haunting.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

This album is an all time classic

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

For some reason, the vocal speaks to me. I like it's ever-changing nature, going back and forth from low-key speak-singing to high-pitch wailing, switching between acoustic guitars and heavy fuzzy riffs, and so on. Interestingly, this album's lower BPM makes it even more relatable. Cool.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Geggjað stöff.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Allein die erste Nummer ging schon mega unter die Haut. Mit einem überraschend wuchtigen Aufbau! Ich kannte ja nur die Cover Version von Halleluja, aber der kann ja auch noch viel mehr! Sehr beeindruckender Einsatz der Stimme! Toller Gitarrensound und ausgefallenes Arrangement!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

A magnificent piece of work. Such a good sound but still very varied. What a talent.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Well its obviously a K town 5 star banger! I'm delighted this is on the list. I love this album and think its a piece of art. Certain music snobs write off Buckles because of Hallelujah cos they're sick of it or whatnot, but I don't even care about that song. Listen to "Lover you should have come over" - one of my favourite songs of all time and musically exceptional. Mad chord progressions and the tension and epicness - I can barely handle it. Beautiful album. Love you Jeffy B

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

I have always been hypnotised by this album!! (I don't only love it because we share a name). I cannot believe his voice, my brain actually cannot compute that that is his voice, especially on this version of Lilac Wine. I admire Leonard Cohen in a different way, and his poem, Hallelujah, is obviously legendary, also love the way he performs it. However, I love Jeff Buckley's version and you can't make me decide which I prefer. I'm not one of these purists who needs it to be Cohen only though, I grew up with Jeff's version and I find it mesmerising. This whole album is orgasmic and stunning. To me, it is pure perfection.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

I can listen to this album on repeat. High-level vocals, great melodies, easy to listen.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Amazing 😻 I love it

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

SUBLIME

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

This was an unexpected surprise. I didn't like all the songs, but the whole album is great. I think that this is the first absolutely unknown for me that really deserved 5 stars.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

One of the best albums of the '90s. Jeff's angelical voice and passion fill each track of this masterpiece of an album. Truly a gem, considering the fleeting life and tragic downfall of Tim Buckley's son.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Never gave the whole album a chance. Guitar is stellar. Lilac Wine + the hits, great album.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

We both loved it. As Ian observed it is certainly not “background music” - it is rather intense and demands to be listened to! It is very beautiful

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

1994 was one of the best years in music, maybe ever, and this album was part of the reason why. In contrast to the distortion and discontent coming from Seattle, Jeff Buckley made an album that was just as emotional and raw but beautiful. His vocal control is amazing as are his musical choices about when and how to use it. Lover, You Should Have Come Over is one of my top 10 favorite songs and was on just about every mixed tape I ever made. I even wrote a psychology paper on that song in undergrad, got an A :). That sigh before the first note of Hallelujah gets me every time. He may not have written it, but it's most definitely his song now. The opening of Last Goodbye sounds a little like it was ripped off by Oasis for Champagne Supernova (the "how many special people" part). And I actually love the way that So Real falls apart in the middle and then puts itself back together. This album is different and classic at the same time. Unlike some of the other music from '94, my love for this album has only grown and that speaks to the wide array of musical styles from which it draws inspiration. That range is apparent in who has claimed to be influenced and inspired by Buckley. Everyone from Adele to PJ Harvey, Radiohead to Lana Del Rey. Hell, Jimmy Page said this album was close to being his favorite of the decade and David Bowie said it was one of the 10 albums he would bring to a desert island. I gotta agree with the greats on this one.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

I'm not sure that back-to-back songs can get much better than "Hallelujah" and "Lover You Should Have Come Over." Those were the two Jeff Buckley songs I was most familiar with, but I'm happy to say that I was nearly as blown away by the rest of the album. I likely heard it all the way through a few times, but again, 1994 produced such a prolific abundance of great albums that I probably wasn't ready to fully appreciate it in the mid-90s anyway. Buckley possessed one of the greatest voices in rock history, which was sadly constrained at both ends - first by spending the first decade of his career as a session musician and band member rather than as a lead singer, and then by his tragic death. That history exploring different collaborators and genres certainly benefited him though, and "Grace" wouldn't be the album of diverse and gorgeous sound it is without those experiences. The way these songs build, ebb and flow, rise and fall, is consistently beautiful and powerful. At times Buckley is the stripped-down mellow singer-songwriter, at times the pop rock lead man that reached musical heights that Chris Martin, Travis' Fran Healy, and many others could never match. At times Buckley embraces a very 90s sound, at times it feels like powerfully explosive classic rock of the early 70s, at times you can feel the influence of the wide variety of artists he had worked with early in his career. An incredible singer, but the voice only reaches the heights that it does because of the arrangements and musical vision.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

Already Heard

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

Go through phases on this between liking it and loving it… today was a loving it day!!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

The title track is a behemoth of a song His vocals are insane! Splendid songwriting and even better production. RIP Jeff

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Why was Jeff Buckley taken so soon? Favourites: "Mojo Pin", "Last Goodbye", "So Real", "Hallelujah", "Forget Her" (Bonus)

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Grace is such a perfect title for this. We are essentially hearing Jeff Buckleys thoughts, wishes and ambitions spilled out onto the record. His beautiful Hallelujah dead center on the album is a wonderful choice. What a breathtaking production. A heart on sleeve masterwork.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

Just a phenomenal album from start to finish. It's a real tragedy that this was all that was released in his lifetime because this was something special. "Lover, you should have come over" is fantastic, full of raw passion and emotion which soars and takes you on a journey, and of course "hallelujah" is probably a top 10 cover of all time. This fusion of rock, blues, pop, and folk really works for me and his vocals feel authentic. Like he means every word he sings.

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