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Monday, May 16, 2011

Jeff Buckley - Grace

It's Monday, and Blogspot seems to be up and running again. And my fear of losing those two posts vanished, as they crack staff found a way to replace all the entries without my intervention. Which is always appreciated. Anyhow, I'm getting back on to music reviews today - with peterman's suggestion of Jeff Buckley. Mr. Buckley here was born in the mid 60's in California to a father who was also a musician. Buckley was known as Scotty Moorhead as a child, which is his middle name and then his stepfathers last name. When his real dad died in 1975 - he decided to go back to his birth name in a quasi tribute, even though he'd only met his real father once. Buckley certainly put in his work, doing a bunch of local shows and singing backup for bands for years. He started gaining fame by putting on small shows in NYC and California, and people admiring his on stage persona. Record execs started showing up to the shows, and he finally got signed to Columbia Records in 1993. He put together a three piece band, and put out Grace here in 1994. Which sadly, would be his only studio release. He toured all over the world for two years promoting this album, and although is only went gold here, it is 6x platinum in Australia. In one of the more creepy deaths of all time, Buckley was happy go lucky, singing a Led Zeppelin chorus and decided to go swimming in the Wolf River in Tennessee. He went in with all his clothes on and boots - and ended up drowning. No alcohol or drugs or anything were found in his system, he just went in happy and singing, and never came out. He gets a lot of play today, when anyone covers his slower version of 'Hallelujah' - as his sales on iTunes jump drastically. And it's hard to find anything wrong with this album. It's just one of those solid "mood" type records. I trust that if you haven't heard this before, you'll pick it up soon. It's too good to have you not listen to it. There is a reason most everyone gives this a perfect rating.

1. Mojo Pin
2. Grace
3. Last Goodbye
4. Lilac Wine
5. So Real
6. Hallelujah
7. Lover, You Should've Come Over
8. Corpus Christi Carol
9. Eternal Life
10. Dream Brother
11. Forget Her

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Hallelujah
2. Lilac Wine
3. So Real

4.75 out of 5 stars

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