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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

3.67

Votes

4904

Genres

  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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5

Brilliant rock arrangements and vocals

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

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5

Perfect

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5

Haunting vocals and such promise

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5

Amazing, loved it.

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5

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

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5

Shrek- hallelujah

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5

LOOOOVEEEE!

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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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5

An all time favorite

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Obviously 5 stars

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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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5

Always great. One of my favorites

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

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loved it

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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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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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5

Classic

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5

Yes

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5

Wish he was alive :(

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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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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Great album, full of emotion and great instrumentation

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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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5

Really love it

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5

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

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5

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

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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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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5

Awesome album. Love it.

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5

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

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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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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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5

i love this album, rip 2 a legend

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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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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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5

Nije za svaku priliku ali masterpiece.

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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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5

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

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5

the stand-out songs are classics

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5

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

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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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5

i like

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5

Maravilloso! Una delicia musical

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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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5

One of the best albums of the 90s

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5

Classic. Predicted the Bends perhaps… 🧐

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5

pretty solid too bad he drowned

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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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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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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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5

Loved it, especially the song “Hallelujah”.

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5

An incredibly raw and moving album.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

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

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5

This album is an all time classic

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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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5

Geggjað stöff.

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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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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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5

Amazing 😻 I love it

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5

SUBLIME

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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Already Heard

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5

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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5

Jeff Buckley’s only studio album during his lifetime. It is hard to objectively review without mentioning his enormous potential. As a stand alone album it is inconsistent, but worth listening to for the high points, including his monumental cover of Hallelujah.

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5

Alles op dit album zit precies goed. De harde stukken zijn net zacht genoeg. De zachte stukken komen hard genoeg binnen. Jeff heeft ook een stembereik van jewelste. Heel hard van genoten, ondanks ik maar 1 nummer kende

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5

It's amazing. Guitar, vocals and songwriting alike. Jeff Buckley was too good for this world

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5

full nostalgia teen love here

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5

muss sich nun jeder der noch auf die seite schaut anhören

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5

A fantastic album. One of my favourites.

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5

❤️

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5

Incredible to discover he doesn't sound Hallelujah

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5

Hørte eit program om Tim Buckley på radioen her om dagen, men eg like Jeff Buckley bedre. Bra album, hørte masse på da når eg vaska på gamleheim i sommerferien for mange år siden

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5

An incredible album - such a beautiful voice and songwriting with a heartbreaking legacy behind it

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5

Absolutely perfect. One of my favorite voices. Not Otis Redding, not Fiona Apple, but as distinctive and brilliant.

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5

A career tragically cut short, but you can see even on this album he was destinied to be one of the greats

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5

Actively avoided listening to this for a while as so many talent show voices had mangled Hallelujah so much. What a phenomenal talent, not a single duff track and even in the rockiest moments sounds intimate.

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5

I expected this to be great, but GRACE still surprised me by just how great it is! Jeff Buckley does so much in this album. Achingly heartbreaking at times, yet not afraid to turn up the distortion on the guitar an rock out. Buckley tries a lot of things on this album and it all works incredibly well. I am transfixed. In one moment he is soaring to epic heights then effortlessly dives into deep personal introspection. What an incredible ride! I love this album so very much. Why when I first heard Jeff Buckley’s rendition of “Hallelujah” I didn’t immediate run out and buy this album I’ll never know. This song deserves all the love and praise. The performance is perfection. It is remarkable that the rest of the album more than lives up to the impossibly high standard set by this incredible performance. “Last Goodbye” is an incredibly mature breakup song so great it seems like a clear and present threat to a breakup. “Lilac Wine” is a touching performance of heartbreak as the singer reminisces on a lost love. An incredible performance that gives me chills as it ends. The fantastic accordion opening, beautiful organ and arching lyrics of “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” gives the perspective of a man desperately looking for the return of an absent lover. He passingly acknowledges culpability as he cries out for her return. “Eternal Life” is one of the harder rock songs. Buzzy guitars grind over intense lyrics like ‘I’ve got a message for you and your twisted hell, You better turn around and blow your kiss goodbye to life eternal Angel yeah.” Halfway through the song seems to take off as the guitars soar boosted by a dramatic string section. The original finale of the album is “Dream Brother”. It opens with dissonant plucking that gives way to a moody guitar riff over exotic drums. It was written to a friend in another 1001 band (Fishbone!) trying to encourage him not to abandon his pregnant girlfriend by invoking his own abandonment by his father Tim Buckley (also a 1001 artist!). Beautifully complicated and utterly unforgettable. I was a little sad to learn there’s only one Jeff Buckley album in the world. Then I felt a little silly because we get more from this album than any of us deserve.

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5

Mmm-hmmm. This album gave me deep deep feelings and left me with few words. This is one of the special ones.

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5

Sometimes I wear extra-strength skepticism filters when I see lots of praise for an album I'm not familiar with, especially if I feel it might be somewhat elevated from other factors, such as the emotions of losing an artist too soon. That was all blown away by this beautiful and powerful work. And the loss of this artist did, in fact, bring tears to my eyes as I listened to his incredible music. "Hallelujah" is one of those favorite songs that may have been overdone in the '00s, but I really think it was because Buckley's version set the standard. It was like I heard the song for the first time today and I felt the joy again. It is magnificent from beginning to end. It's possible that I enjoy Buckley's clearly Zeppelin-influenced pieces more than I do Zeppelin... This is one I will definitely want to spend more time with. There is more to explore and feel, I think.

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5

I don't know if Jeff Buckley's death hindered his potential to follow up with an amazing discography, or if it solidified him as a legend with a sole fantastic album. This has a bit of everything, Jeff's great vocals and guitar playing, wrote some amazing songs and had a cover that matched them, and has a decent backing band and additional songwriters to compliment the artist. I was just really pleased that there was so much more to enjoy than his cover of Hallelujah. Last Goodbye, Grace, Mojo Pin all slap.

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5

I like this album a lot. The songs are all well-written, the kind that take a few or more listens to really enjoy and appreciate. Also RIP

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5

Not much to say; Jeff Buckley is pretty damn good. The songwriting and singing are great, and considering he was a session guitar player before recording this album the songs are pretty balanced instrumentation wise, not entirely guitar-centric.

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5

What is there to say about this album that hasn't already been said - a life and career tragically cut too short.

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5

YES!!! 5 Ok I knew multiple songs quite well, but I didn't know all of the songs would be so good. Obviously Jeff Buckleys only studio album gets a roaring 5. Holy shit when "Eternal Life" came on I thought spotify played from radio or something. It's so different, and so good.

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5

re listened a few times

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5

Loved this album growingup

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5

Odd relationship with this album because I love the versions of many of these songs from the Live at Sin-é album just a little bit more (particularly Eternal Life). All things being equal it’s an album I’d likely give 4 stars, but I have to push it one extra for so, so brief a candle.

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5

-Hallelujah cover was decent -Eternal life was a good switch up on the album, rlly nice:)

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5

Spectacular

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5

Masterpiece

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5

Just glorious

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5

Love this album

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5

Voice of an angel

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5

Already very familiar with this album. First heard it in my early teens and sounds just as powerful now. Masterful guitar and vocal work over an idiosyncratic mix of soulful blues and 90s tinged rock. A masterpiece.

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5

p744. 1994. 5 stars Great songs, great production, great guitar work and THAT voice. And it has the rarest of things, a cover that has become the definitive version. Faultless. To what heights could he have risen...

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5

Amazing voice. Loved it.

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5

Dificilísimo escoger una canción favorita. Definitivamente es de los álbumes más influyentes y atemporales que hay por ahí, para no decir artistas.

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5

Simply beautiful. Not much else to say about this one. 5/5

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5

Hallelujah 5/5

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5

his voice is so beautiful. So captivating. Like drifting into a dream and being woken up abruptly but that’s alright. I want his voice. Amazing lyrics and instrumentals as well. The soft aggressive acoustic that teenage boys nowadays wish they could achieve. The contrast between overwhelming chaos and haunted peaceful tunes is just out of this world. Love songs worth fainting to. Feels like driving at 11pm alone with nothing but your thoughts. Songs I yearn to.

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5

Gold.

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5

Greatest voice of the 90s (if not the greatest album of the 90s)

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5

A classic. Everyone knows this. A gem of perfectly captured talent that is bittersweet as we wanted more , and that’s never going to happen

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5

beautifully haunting. rest in peace jeff.

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5

Never really stopped to listen to this album until the recommendation, I appreciate this

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5

Always a delight, love this album

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5

Dang, what a talent. His covers are just _sublime_. "Hallelujah", "Lilac Wine" and "Corpus Christi Carol" are all just wonderful versions. Fave track - "Last Goodbye" if I'm picking a Buckley original, or "Hallelujah" if covers are allowed.

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5

He really does sound like Tim Buckley's teenage son going through his emo / grunge phase. His vocals are the highlight here, haunting and expressive with a dynamic range, reminding me a lot of Thom Yorke yet neither better nor worse than him. It's powerful and dramatic. Instrumentals are rich and complex, melodic and not afraid to show its power or versatility. Sometimes harsh and clustered but other times smooth and jazzy. The dark, mysterious, trance-like sound and use of repetitive themes definitely came from his father's psychedelic folk work, but it sounds so complete and put together here. Production is insanely clean and impressive. Most songs are memorable after just a couple listens. A lot of songs like "Last Goodbye" and "Eternal Life" sound like what 90s pop alt rock would attempt to imitate but would always fail. I actually never heard any of these songs before, even "Hallelujah", so coming into this album blind was a huge shock. Loved every track for completely different reasons. Didn't even notice it was an hour.

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5

I kinda groaned when I saw this album because I thought it was gonna be bad. I’ve seen the cover art before and wrongly associated it with something corny. This album is honestly really good. That first song set a great mood for the rest of the album. It runs a little long but it’s definitely worth the listen if you’re willing to put in the time

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5

Outstanding, albums like this are why I am doing this. Hallelujah will never fail to give me goosebumps

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4

He's got a great smooth voice, lot of soul and sadness and in it. Standout Track(s): So Real

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4

good but sad. idk if i could listen again

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4

Pretty good, and the original Halleljuah on it

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4

Great

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4

Liked 7/11 songs, had some songs I already liked. 3.5/5

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4

Despite the now subdued caterwauling, this is an enjoyable record.

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4

Amazing album one of my fav oat 9/10

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4

More going on here than I was expecting

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4

This is a surprisingly great album. I thought that 'Hallelujah' would be the gem, but it was certainly 'Last Goodbye' and 'Dream Brother.'

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4

It’s good, I’m just not into it

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4

Aside from the fact it sounds like the soundtrack to every 90s teen drama ever made I absolutely loved it

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4

Qué buen descubrimiento. Nunca había oído de él y cuando leí las opiniones tan positivas que tuvo en su momento el disco, pensé que iba a ser una cosa exagerada y mamadora que solo se volvió de culto por su muerte tan rara… pero no, la verdad es que la música está buena, su voz me gusta porque tiene un timbre particular y un rango muy bueno, las guitarras son también un plus y la variedad de estilos en las canciones hace que el disco no se vuelva aburrido ni repetitivo. Lástima la "misteriosa" muerte del fulano, quizá pudo haber tenido mucha influencia en la música actual, o quizá se hubiera quedado en one hit wonder.

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Tal vez es muy aclamado por la gente (y personajes muy pesados en el medio) no solo por la forma en que murió sino por lo que pudo haber sido, en lo personal conocía solo 2 rolas del disco y la verdad Hallelujha no me pasa mucho aunque ahora la entiendo mas por que la toca el solo con su eléctrica sin distor un sello que ahora se que era único. Le voy a dar una vuelta a los discos póstumos por que fuera del mame que le dan o no por su muerte o por que fuera el mejor disco de esa época se me hace que es muy bueno sin llegar a ser excelente

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4

Kinda Radiohead vibes, good, good.

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4

This album is really interesting because it really doesn’t have that mid-90s sound. I like it, though.

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4

Very powerfully vocals. Good energy thought out the album. Reason why over 20 years later this album still gets talked about. Very nice production.

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4

Really liked this one. Just feel like everything was extremely well balanced and I was fully into the album all the way through. Everything was well done and I don’t have much bad to say about it.

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4

I was a little skeptical of this album when I read that it received much of this acclaim a few years after Jeff Buckley died. I'm still kind of skeptical. It's a great album, and I like several songs on the track list but I'm not sure about it's inclusion on this list. The songs are beautiful and the covers are interesting interpretations of originals, but there is nothing revolutionary to me about this album. I will say that I do enjoy the variety of musical styles that it represents. maybe that's why it is included.

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Jeff's voice is weird, reminds me of like a 60s singer but the title track has this crazy prog rock sound. Lilac Wine is a good tune

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4

Highlights: Grace, Eternal Life Lowlight: Hallelujah Dreamy and meandering (but not pointless), Jeff Buckley has the vocal and guitar chops to make it big, so why haven't heard more of him? Seems a shame, I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Aside from a pedestrian cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Grace is a perfectly wonderful journey to experience.

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4

New one for me - Outstanding singer. Tragic story.

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I thought this album was very good. Although the tempo of the songs were quite different then I am use to, Jeff makes up for this with his incredibly strong voice.

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4

Somehow able to blend ethereal cathedral sound with riffing rock, Jeff Buckley is a gift. His voice resonates the soul. All the more haunting given how young he left the world.

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4

fuck this is powerful, what an incredible voice. the way these songs shift and move is impressive, the flow and feel of this album is pretty unparalleled, the way it aches, the tension.

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4

Excellent Album. Intense, passionate and soulful throughout

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4

god bless jeff buckley's voice

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4

Jeff Buckley isn't really my jam, but his passion, creativity, and originality cannot be denied. On Buckley's debut album, Grace, his incredibly rich soundworld, melodies, and song forms spring to life fully formed like Athena springing from Zeus' head. You could listen to this album every day for a month and hear new details every time. Reviewers reach for comparisons to Robert Plant, grunge, folk music, Arabic singing, but the truth is that he sounds like none of them. The only thing he sounds like is Jeff Buckley. I'm not sure I would call Grace a masterpiece. I don't care for the timber of Buckley's voice and it's not like I'm going to be humming these tunes any time soon. But if you're the type of person who gets bored easily, you'll be fascinated by how the serpentine twists and turns of the music, and how Buckley never, ever repeats himself. I've got to give credit where credit is due. 4 stars out of 5.

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4

hallelujah is a jam, rest are pretty good too

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4

Al liceo si acchiappava di brutto co Jeff

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4

Great album

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4

It's very good. Tails off towards the end, but so many classics. The problem is with albums like this, they are almost too good, so you don't NEED to listen to them.

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4

I like it

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4

Classic album that I discovered through this service. Awesome! Will definitely add to my regular rotation

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4

Heyyyyyy Hallelujah! Eternal life sounds familiar in the intro, but the rest doesn't. It sounded like something from Foo Fighters. Overall a good album. Giving it a 4.

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4

Great album. The best "Hallelujah" cover in my opinion. Sad this was his only album.

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4

I really liked it - especially his covers. It's calm but still full of feeling. Feels like he just sings what moves him and I can really respect that.

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4

Pretty great album! Tons of variation across the whole album as well as within each song. Lots of 90s nostalgic alt rock sounds but with a lyrical and musical complexity a cut above his contemporaries. Hearing another cover of Lilac Wine was also a pleasant surprise - my previous album was the Nina Simone album with her cover of the same song. These albums ARE random, right?

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4

Great album. Vocals were a bit too soft for my liking though.

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4

mehr als nur ein Halleluja

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- I didn't enjoy the first minute of the album which is where I usually quit - First song is pretty though, pretty badass at the end - Love the distorted guitars on so real - Definitely an incredible rendition of hallelujah, perhaps over shadowed because people have copied what he did in the last 25 years in their own performances - powerful accordions surprise on lover, you should've come over - intro guitar on Eternal life is good, fucking hard even, the rest of the song goes on a little long but the guitar remains strong. - most of the songs seem a bit long, perceptions of what a songs length should be have changed a lot in the last 25 years - closing out the album, good rock album not something that I would listen to normally but I enjoyed the whole thing, wish the songs were a bit shorter but the music that's there is great, the organ on the last song is beautiful

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4

Taken too soon. Voice like an angel one minute, howling blues man the next. Don't blame him for making "Hallelujah" ubiquitous with singing competitions. Everyone should listen to this album. Best Tracks: Grace; Last Goodbye; Lover, You Should've Come Over

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4

I've often had a problem with singer-songwriters where a lack of emotive performance will cause my eyes to glaze over in reaction to some otherwise excellently written songs, and I've previously written off Jeff Buckley on cursory listens as having that problem, but this album is fantastic. This is one of a select few albums that I've completely come around on as a result of this listening exercise. Good show.

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4

Very classic album. Lilac Wine, Hallelujah, and many other great songs.

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4

I've listened to this album a great deal during my twenties and thirties so it was great to have an excuse to listen with "older" ears and hear some things I hadn't heard before. Why 4 stars? Just because I think the album could "flow" a little better.... be a bit more cohesive maybe. Also, I've never been a fan of the number of covers on the album. Still a classic for very good reason.

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4

Really beautiful. Especially his falsetto is!

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4

Absolutely slaps, way cooler than I thought it would be

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4

This album is kind of many things rolled into one and ahead of its time. It’s kind of Proto-iron and Wine and Bon Iver, but also sounds like a combo of Elliott Smith and STP, but also, there’s songs that seem to predict 2000s harder rock—though not in a good way. What really shines is his voice and what extermination he’s willing to do with it, it’s really something special and shines on the album. There are some interesting instrumentation choices, some cool breakdowns but also some dated stuff that isn’t working. I’d give his singing and songwriting a 5, but some of the instrumentation was 2-3 range so that detracted. It’s interesting to think about which route he would’ve gone were he still alive, could’ve been really great, but also, maybe not.

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4

The late Jeff Buckley captured the crippling desperation of heart ache as effortlessly as his angelic voice allowed. The crowning glory on this record, in my estimation, is Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (long before EVERYONE started covering it). The other knockout is the anonymously written Corpus Christi Carol. The original songs are not in the same class, but I liked Lover, You Should Have Come Over and Lilac wine. This is a very good record, created by a now lost talent.

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4

Enjoyed

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4

4 из 5

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Grace is a fantastic, sweeping piece of alt rock. It stands apart from it's other 90's alt rock contemporaries, like Radiohead, the Pixies, and Sonic Youth. Jeff Buckley plays his own songs and it comes with his own flavor of alt rock. It's really fuckin good. Wide-ranging barn burners to quiet, tender moments make for a great album with expert pacing.

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4

Dream brother was pretty good. The whole album is unexpectedly good from the guy who sang hallelujah.

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4

Don't rate his singing, but the rest of it is great. Mojo Pin has nice progression. Grace is good (singing is mostly ok at beginning but later screams don't do it for me). Last Goodbye is nice. Lilac Wine is nice. So Real is very interesting. I never liked Hallelujah but admit it is well composed and executed. Dream brother is nice. 4-

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