#299: Grace by Jeff Buckley


Grace by Jeff Buckley (1994)

Favorite Track(s): "Mojo Pin" and "Grace" and "Last Goodbye" and "Hallelujah" and "Lover, You Should've Come Over" and "Corpus Christi Carol" and "Dream Brother"

Thoughts: Hey! We made it to the 200s! Remember when I thought that I would finish the list by New Year's 2012? HA! I haven't even made it halfway! I'm not worried about it though. There were some albums on the list that FORCED me to take a hiatus here and there. But let's get to Grace.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is the best version ever recorded, with Rufus Wainwright's as a close second. And I didn't know he covered "Lilac Wine"! I've only ever heard Nina Simone's version, but Jeff's topped hers, in my opinion. DIVINE.

Jeff's voice often reminded me of Robert Plant, and oh how I wish more music that came out of the 90s had sounded like this album. I mean, the lyrics alone are incredible (from "Love, You Should've Come Over"):

It's never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It's never over, all my riches for her smiles when i slept so soft against her
It's never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
It's never over, she's the tear that hangs inside my soul forever

UNF. And don't get me started on the beauty of "Corpus Christi Carol." This whole album is so worth the hype--definitely recommended.

Is This Better Than Help!?: Yes.


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