Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Listening Post



There are very few perfect albums. This is one of them, a flat-out masterpiece in every sense of the word -- and one of maybe four or five records I'd want with me on that proverbial desert island.

From the great Jeff Buckley, here's the title track from Grace.

10 comments:

Tania said...

Amen to that!

Christine said...

Years ago, a friend gave me this album with the kind of gravity that seemed almost absurd, telling me that no one could ever touch Jeff Buckley's broken beauty. It's only within the last few weeks that I finally "got it." Now I can't stop listening to the album.

Chez said...

It's just incredibly powerful stuff.

kanye said...

I don't think I've ever mentioned this before, but I was there in '95 at The Cabaret Metro for the JBTV show that ended up being released as the Live in Chicago DVD.

Pretty special night.

ZIRGAR said...

Lover, You Should've Come Over, is such an incredibly beautiful and special song. Hallelujah gets all the attention, and deservedly so, it's also a fantastic song, but for me, Lover... is a tear that hangs inside my soul forever. And Corpus Christi Carol is Buckley's finest vocal showcase.

Lisa said...

I feel like he was just barely touching the fringes of what he was capable of before he died. I just wonder what he would sound like now.

(Chez, "Grace" would be right next to "The Black Parade", right...?!)

Chez said...

As much as I love MCR, not sure I'd want that kind of vibe on my little island.

I know Coltrane's A Love Supreme would be at the top of the list. After that, probably Radiohead's OK Computer and Pearl Jam's Ten. I'm sure Zero 7's Simple Things would be in there somewhere -- although I admit that that album's a lot harder to listen to than it used to be. One of the most seemingly insignificant yet oddly stinging manifestations of my breakup with Jayne.

sophasoph said...

Lover, You Should've Come Over might the most brilliant of all the gems on this album.

Chez said...

Lover is the masterpiece on a masterpiece of a record.

One of my favorite songs ever.

em said...

The voice, the crazy range, and because I'm superficial, the bone structure. Amazing. Think this album was on a nonstop loop and didn't leave my CD player for at least 3 years when I first discovered it in '97.