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It’s not an overstatement that Jeff Buckley was one of the most singularly talented musicians of his generation; blessed with a beautiful and athletic voice, a more than adequate guitar technique and an ability to write songs that escaped from predictable verse/chorus patterns while remaining accessible. Additionally, Buckley is also emotionally wide reaching, able to jump between brash lustiness and eloquent emotional expression.

Buckley was only able to record one full album before his accidental drowning in 1997, and although Grace is an immensely powerful debut in places, it’s also flawed by some material that doesn’t fit and it’s not quite the great album that Buckley potentially had in him – it’s unfortunate that he’s most remembered for his cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Halleluah’, rather than his own great songs. His album of demos for his second album is also well worthwhile, but his estate has also released a long string of live albums and outtakes.

Jeff was son of avant-garde folkie Tim Buckley, who led a similarly short life before succumbing to a heroin overdose; the elder Buckley actually died younger than his offspring, even though his recorded output is much more voluminous, as Jeff Buckley didn’t record Grace until he was already 27. The younger Buckley barely knew his father, and tried to avoid comparisons; instead common reference points include Led Zeppelin and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Five Favourite Jeff Buckley Songs

Last Goodbye
Everybody Here Wants You
The Sky Is A Landfill
Grace
Eternal Life

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