It really is a shame that for one, Jeff is constantly referred to as "the one who did Hallelujah," and two; that he was beaten to the Christmas number one by some plain, boring X-factor nonesense. Nevertheless, do not let anyone deter you from buying one of the greatest albums of the 20th century. If you think that's a bit of an exaggeration, you couldn't be more wrong. Grace is one of the most original albums ever to have been released despite having obvious wide influences from rock, jazz, folk, metal, punk and classical; mainly down to Buckley's inventiveness and his incredible voice ranging 4-octaves.
As you'd expect; this album is graceful and beautiful; but underneath bares raw power, emotion and anger from loss and loneliness. The album opener rips up the music manual to "start loud," and instead fades in slowly whilst building and swerving into a zeppelin-esque climax. The self-titled track reflects the influence of the grunge movement of the 90's yet keeping Jeff's own melancolic melodic fragility at the same time. The album's 'pop song' "Last Goodbye" really lets the band open up their own musical skills and proves you really can write a proper pop song without reverting to simplicity. Yet it is the more revealing tracks allowing Buckley to shine which really captures the mood; the jazz tinged "Lilac Wine," the aforementioned "Hallelujah" and Benjamin Britten's "Corpus Christi Carol" all allow him to display his abilities and depth. Elsewhere, the centrepiece of the album "Lover, You Should've Come Over" just shows how soulful he really could be with swirling organs, swooping guitars and heart-throbbing cries- if there ever was a career-defining song- this is it. "Eternal Life" again reflects the power and influence of the grunge and metal eras; and "Dream Brother" finishes what "Mojo Pin" left off.
Honestly do yourself a favour, especially if you're a musician; listen to this and then imagine what might have happened if he hadn't tragically passed-away ....damn!