Reinterpreting the music of 60s troubadour Tim Buckley and his prodigiously talented son is a daunting prospect, so great is the legend thats 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 elders "Sing A Song For You", while Fence Collective mainstay King Creosote envisages the title track from Jeff Buckleys Grace using acoustic guitar and quiet wheezes of accordion. Two highlights come from the American contingent, Texas troubadour Micah P Hinson and Michigans Sufjan Stephens, who turn out mesmerising takes on "Yard Of Blondes" and "She Is" respectively. Meanwhile, Tunng turn the albums one modern interpretation, infusing "No Man Can Find The War" with the warm tick of folk-inflected electronica.--Louis Pattison
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