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Dream Brother: The Songs Of Tim + Jeff Buckley [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Magic Numbers - Sing A Song For You
2. Micah P. Hinson - Yard Of Blonde Girls
3. Sufjan Stevens - She Is
4. King Creosote - Grace
5. The Earlies - I Must Have Been Blind
6. Bitmap - Dream Brother
7. Engineers - Song To The Siren
8. Adem - Mojo Pin
9. Tunng - No Man Can Find The War
10. Stephen Fretwell - Morning Theft
11. Kathryn Williams - Buzzin' Fly
12. Matthew Herbert & Dani Siciliano - Everybody Here Wants You
13. Clayhill - The River

Product Description

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Dream Brother: The Songs Of Tim & Jeff Buckley features 13 cover versions of well-known tracks by the father & son including "Sing A Song For You" (The Magic Numbers), "She Is" (Sufjan Stevens), "Grace" (King Creosote) & "Song To The Siren" (Engineers) to name a few. Also includes a picture booklet with exclusive liner notes written by acclaimed author and Entertainment Weekly journalist David Browne.


Reinterpreting the music of ‘60s troubadour Tim Buckley and his prodigiously talented son is a daunting prospect, so great is the legend that’s sprung up around them both since their freak untimely deaths (the former, a drug overdose; the latter, drowning in the Mississippi). Dream Brother succeeds not through radical reinterpretations or flamboyant histrionics--after all, who could compete with Jeff on that front?--but by virtue of a set of quiet, unfussy interpretations that sidestep melodrama or excess gravitas and let the good songs shine through.

The Magic Numbers contribute a delicate, harmony-laden take on Buckley elder’s "Sing A Song For You", while Fence Collective mainstay King Creosote envisages the title track from Jeff Buckley’s Grace using acoustic guitar and quiet wheezes of accordion. Two highlights come from the American contingent, Texas troubadour Micah P Hinson and Michigan’s Sufjan Stephens, who turn out mesmerising takes on "Yard Of Blondes" and "She Is" respectively. Meanwhile, Tunng turn the album’s one modern interpretation, infusing "No Man Can Find The War" with the warm tick of folk-inflected electronica.--Louis Pattison

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 7 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think it is far to dismissive to say these are 'dismal approximations of the originals.' If you put stubborn-mindedness aside and take these covers as a new peice of material and approached them with an open mind you will find many great tracks here. It includes some talented emerging artists.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hidden gems 1 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
tracks by sufjan stevens, king creosote,adem and stephen fretwell are superb. i love the music of both jeff and tim (less so) and are familiar also with the above artists and think the versions are a credit to BOTH the original and contemporary artist. way above the quality of a normal tribute album.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best tribute album yet 3 Nov 2005
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Format:Audio CD
usually tribute albums are naff..two good artists and the rest made up of artists you've never heard of or a well passed it..
this is a lovely exception, the earlies give a towering version of 'i must have been blind' and tunng's folky spastic 'no man can find a war' is wonderful , there are delights from adem,sufjan stevens,micah p. hinson and the magic numbers..but the standout is king creosote's heartbreaking accordian lead 'grace'
buckley fans will proberbly recoil in horror at someone touching 'their' songs ..but this version is one of the best thing i've heard this year.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get over it 29 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is covers not the originals, not its not Tim and Jeff so if you are so blinkered that even the thought of someone covering them brings you out in hives, then this is not for you. This is particularly the case as unlike lots of dull cover albums the versions on here are quite different to the originals. As for comments like `when you cover a pair of artists who were as talented as Jeff & Tim, you be asking for trouble' get over it. Nothing is so sacred that it cannot be touched, people who like music (I not talking about the bed wetter who pulls out the old `tortured soul' line), real music fans like music because it pushes forward with the odd nod to what came before.

In summary if you love Tim and/or Jeff because your a music fan always searching for something new and existing this is a worthwhile investment, some outings stronger than others but on the whole a good CD.

Now if you love Tim and/or Jeff with some sort of weird serial killer like obsession or if you cannot accept that music is music (as the Jessie Jackson quote goes) then save your money and at the next opportunity attempt to look yourself in the mirror and ask why do I continue with this `I like music' façade. Find something that you genuinely like and leave the music to someone else, your just kidding yourself.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no. 28 Oct 2005
By S. King
Format:Audio CD
Ignore that person 'in a box'. The only half decent tracks on here are those from Adem and the one from The Magic Numbers (these two tracks are the only reason I dished out an extra star). It's very disappointing other than that. Absolutely nowhere near as exciting as the artists who penned the songs. Leave it well alone.
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