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Grace
     

Grace

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by Jeff Buckley
 

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Jeff Buckley was many things, but humble wasn't one of them. Grace is an audacious debut album, filled with sweeping choruses, bombastic arrangements, searching lyrics, and above all, the richly textured voice of Buckley himself, which resembled a cross between Robert Plant, Van Morrison, and his

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Jeff Buckley was many things, but humble wasn't one of them. Grace is an audacious debut album, filled with sweeping choruses, bombastic arrangements, searching lyrics, and above all, the richly textured voice of Buckley himself, which resembled a cross between Robert Plant, Van Morrison, and his father Tim. And that's a fair starting point for his music: Grace sounds like a Led Zeppelin album written by an ambitious folkie with a fondness for lounge jazz. At his best -- the soaring title track, "Last Goodbye," and the mournful "Lover, You Should've Come Over" -- Buckley's grasp met his reach with startling results; at its worst, Grace is merely promising.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645752822
catalogNumber:
57528
Rank:
5407

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Buckley   Primary Artist,Organ,Dulcimer,Guitar,Harmonica,Harmonium,Tabla,Voices
Karl Berger   Strings
Gary Lucas   Guitar
Loris Holland   Organ
Mick Grondahl   Bass
Misha Masud   Tabla
Michael Tighe   Guitar
Matt Johnson   Percussion,Drums,Vibes

Technical Credits

Karl Berger   String Arrangements
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Jeff Buckley   Producer
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Andy Wallace   Producer,Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Nicky Lindeman   Art Direction

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Grace 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
webcamgirl2000 More than 1 year ago
My favorite album of all time by Jeff Buckley and great and , Meaningful songs
Guest More than 1 year ago
splendor....sigh...... (oh, sniffle, sniffle, sadly jeff departed this world in 97 yet his music's still going strong...lemme show you how much...) Now, Jeff is very beautiful in looks, so much so that he could make one swoon, male or female. And his voice, oh his voice!!!! Sweet wonder, who could own such vocal strength as his!!! An angel....but i digress......anywho, so his incomprehensible voice, smashing good looks, and powerful guitar licks combined are quite enough to make one weep. So: I HIGHLY suggest you check out this mysterious man!! No, actually, i DEMAND you to!!! now! (also check out his live CDs and my sweetheart the drunk collection)
mosaic_heart More than 1 year ago
Starting with Mojo Pin. This morphs into the "Zeppy" song on the cd. The lover is alone in bed with a warm blanket and vivid images of the "beauty" he aches for as described by the lyrics. Jeff's emotion brings us through all of the longing, frustration, and unfilled desires as he ultimately screams and pleads for his unattainable ghost. The key here that lures me in is the combo of the rhapsody and difficulties in which I can see the lover grasping for her and how he is overcome by the spell he cannot control. Next is Grace, the title song. The romance lives on in an arrangement which floats, soars, pulls, and teases sweeping us deeper in the passion. The Last Goodbye and Lilac Wine are the songs when the lover is experiencing the uncertainty, hope, joy, surrender, vulnerability, tumultuous need, and yet still lingering in anticipation of more to come in the relationship. In The Last Goodbye the lyrics about the kiss are clever and true to what the lover would want! So Real builds with lilting breezes of feeling to a "Beatlesque" interlude of muddled disarray before uttering a breathless honest profession. Hallelujah is the cornerstone of the cd and the most mentioned so I will simply say lovely. Lover, You Should've Come Over has the lover in an uneasy and reluctant acceptance of their relationship containing a message for his love. Oh, how lush love is and how desire doesn't wane. Corpus Christi Carol has a religious melody and angelic delivery. Eternal Life is a well crafted Alternative rock ditty true to form and angst lyrics. Dream Brother closes and fades out only to have me run and check to see if I have the entire cd on repeat. The bittersweet love that you almost had and all of the quivering flood of emotions that still remain under the surface come to life again when you experience the mastery of the Grace cd. God knows for me it is still So Real...what a love in my life! I have been there! Haven't you? God bless you Jeff for your gift of Grace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
grace is such a beautiful cd to listen to, and it is flawlessly sung by jeff. a definite masterwork. one of my all-time top five cd's. ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutly one of the best albums ever written and recorded. Jeff Buckley has the voice of a mischevous angel and enough talent to write 79 more albums just as good. He is one of my favorite artists that I sadly will never get to see live.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD after a bad break up, wanting some belting, passionate music to empathize with. Over the past five years, it has become my favorite CD that I have ever owned. Jeff Buckley's voice is simply amazing, and his lyrics are poetic and darkly lovely. Hallelujah is by far the best song on the CD, and though this wasn't written by Buckley, he sings it better than anyone ever could. Last Goodbye and Lover, You Should Have Come Over can bring you to tears. Grace and Mojo Pin are also lovely, interesting songs. This is truly one of the greatest CD's ever made, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever needed the perfect song to fit the strong emotions associated with love and loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you give this album a little patience, you will treasure it forever, if you have a heart, it will make you cry, if you have a soul, it will make it soar...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buckley has a voice that will move you soul. A must own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff Buckley had an incredible voice, and an utterly unique style. I can't tell you how much I regret having to speak of him in the past tense. Before his utterly premature death, he released this album, his only proper studio album. Each of these songs are unique and well crafted. Picking a favorite is like picking a favorite child, and all I will reccomend is to listen to the entire album, it's all good. first educate yourself about the wonderful world of Jeff Buckley, then spread the word about this tremendous artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can only say this, i heard Jeff's version of Hallelujah on the OC fox television program tonight and was blown away. i was sitting here saying, he sounds like a mix of paul simon, bob dylan, freddie mercury and robert plant. i'm amazed at this one song and am ordering this cd...wow..is all i can say. and to leonard cohen for writing Hallelujah, i say thank you. I was very sorry to hear Jeff had passed away. What a shame and a waste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most powerful and hopefully the last addition to his life's work. Aside from his previous DVD release, it contains the hallowed music videos including "So Real" which I daresay is possibly one of the greatest music videos ever made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
five years after buyin this album,i'm still romancing the nostalgic beauty of jeff buckley's music.his music and voice(like no other)is the purest representation of music to its fullest meaning.hooks the soul and spews our naked emotions that we never knew.Orpheus of our time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an album that you can only wonder at, but cannot explain or describe. I have no idea how he was able to come up with it, but I'm grateful that he did. Also, the drummer Matt Johnson and bassist Mick Grondahl did an incredible job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff Buckley defined the perfect illustration of a tortured artist; so intensely beautiful & passsionate in every expression of the term. I had the privilege of seeing Jeff Buckley in concert during the mid 90's. It is near tragedy that he never fully received the appreciation from his home country that he did elsewhere, particularly in France & Australia. This is the album that all future beauty, passion, intensity, emotion & feeling in music will be compared to. Don't miss out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply an amazing album. Jeff Buckley has a voice that sounds like nothing you have ever heard before, I promise! Upon first listen to this album, it was so different from everything I was used to listening to. I certainly wouldn't call Grace a 'radio-friendly' album. But I stuck with it and I am eternally grateful. The most accessible songs are 'Last Goodbye' and 'Lover, You Should've Come Over'. 'Grace' and 'Dream Brother' are also very beautiful songs. This album is lush--it resonates with passion and romance and heartbreak and hope and...grace, all at the same time. Listening to it from beginning to end with your eyes closed is a transcendent experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Best version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in existance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far as debut albums go, this is top notch. Jeff Buckley captured everything that a great artist puts into a record. It's a hard listen at first, but it grows on you. It's too bad that we never got to see what he was fullly capable of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best albums of all time. I personally took to this album right away, but as others have said, if you spend some time with it, you will undoubtedly come away loving this album. Jeff's voice will haunt you and you will NEVER tire of hearing these songs. They bubble up and bring out emotions in you and with every listen you will hear new subtle things you never heard before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album has it all: beautifully crafted songs, soulful lyrics, and the voice of a heartbroken angel that, with a quiet whisper or an explosive outburst, will have your emotions on a rollercoaster you've never imagined!
Guest More than 1 year ago
On first listen, Grace seems a moderately good album. There are a few standout potential single tracks, and Buckley's voice is undoubtably fantastic, but the overall feel of the album is one of ambience. However, as you hear the album more and more, the subtleties begin to show through. Jeff Buckley is not only one of the finest male singers of the twentieth century, but a more than competant guitarist and songwriter: his lyrics and musical structures are particularly accomplished for someone of his age. However once the songs themselves become engrained in your mind, the effect of the album is astronomical. Buckley's voice has been described as angelic, sweeping, grand; all these things are but a snippet of how close we can come to describing him. The mere fact that you're still reading this means that I haven't been able to sufficiently explain what this album is to you, or else you'd have run out and bought it already. Still, I think you should buy Grace today. This minute, in fact. There's a button up there, what are you waiting for?
Guest More than 1 year ago
just when i thought my "ten best albums ever" list is set for life, this one came along. "grace" is truly amazing. it's sad, romantic and dark, it's got those great guitars, and above all it's got one one the greatest vocals ever recorded. one of the greatest albums ever made.
luvzmuzik More than 1 year ago
Jeff Buckley's music grabs hold of you and doesn't let go. Beautiful music! The instruments and composition keep you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard ''Last Goodbye'' only one time the year it was released. It was stuck in my head for the next five years. I finally saw the CD in bargain bin of all places. This has been the most magical music buy I have made in years. Jeff Buckley has a voice as pure as spring water. Only in today's artist does someone have a ''good'' voice, Jeff's was beautiful, the only artist I can think of that could rival Freddy Mercury's. And that should say enough. Sadly Freddy and Jeff are gone forever, and we will never get to hear beautiful rock music anymore, just good rock music. Get Grace, it is a must for the serious music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is by-far the most amazing and origianl music I have ever heard. It is so powerful and will force you to search your soul for a deeper meaning in your own life. 'Last Goodbye' will forever be the greatest song recorded and is so full of emotion that it makes me cry. This entire album is phenomenal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I am old enough to have heard Jeff's father Tim when he was in his musical prime, I like to keep my ears open to outstanding music of varous eras and genres. Since I had heard nothing but good things about this CD I took the plunge. What a great voice!! Very high tenor, up there with young Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, and his father, but with an uncanny control and texture. Most likely would have been the biggest rock star of the 90's had he lived through them. This one is a keeper.