ALBUM TITLE : YOU AND I
ARTIST : JEFF BUCKLEY
GENRE : FOLK / ROCK /ALTERNATIVE
DATE RELEASED : 2016
It is quite difficult to describe a Jeff Buckley album based only on the totality of the whole album. Each track is has its own characteristics. Here is a track by track review of this latest album from this singer. This is a compilation album of his early recordings with Legacy Records.
Just Like A Woman – feels like a seduction song as not only his vocals teases but also his guitar strumming will make one arouse regardless of gender. Indeed, the musicality involved in this track is quite strange.
Listen to “Just Like A Woman” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfhBJzKC1hw
Everyday People – is a lesson on making home music that sounded not like garage music. With just a guitar as musical accompaniment, Jeff Buckley just proved that you do not need to be loud in order to show talent.
Watch official video of “Everyday People” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSDxUTN1nBA
Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying – this is how a tropical music sounds acoustically. It is indeed great that he did not succumb to delivering the song just like the original version.
Grace – is just one of the original composition which also appeared in his debut album. The garage atmosphere of the song or the raw texture just proved how talented and passionate this singer is.
Watch official video of “Grace” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3adFWKE9JE
Calling You – this song will remind you of just how good Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz” song is. The near acapella atmosphere of the song is an interesting take of an obscure song.
Dream of You and I – the other original song in this compilation sounds like an old folk song during the seventies where guitar plucking is the order of the day. Take note that this track is not actually a real song but a narrative with guitar plucking in the background.
Watch “You and I” youtube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPye1h0K5PY
The Boy With Thorn In His Side – is a classic example that angst in punk music will not go away even if given other kind of treatment musically.
Poor Boy Long Way From Home – even if he is doing a cover version of a traditional song, his innate musical talent does not go away. In fact, you can say that he is the male version of Lucinda Williams based on this music alone.
Night Flight – is a Led Zeppelin classic, and Jeff Buckley made it a guitar based track and still managed to make the song better than the original. Probably this is due to the vocal performance which did not copy Led Zeps.
Listen to “Night Flight” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyvFmfDFlP4
I Know It’s Over – Jeff Buckley is just the perfect performer to cover this song and proved that The Smith despite being punk were just also romantic dudes.
Indeed the whole album sounds like a demo album as majority of the songs were cover versions of classic pop ditties in various musical genres. However, his total rendition made the songs as if he was the original singer. If you are not so fond of researching musical details, you would really think that all the songs in this record were originally his as there is indeed a very personal touch the way each song was treated musically and also in terms of vocal performance.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it