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So Real and Simply Spectacular!
on 13 June 2007
Firstly, I realise this album is seen by many Jeff Buckley fans a way to further line the pockets of record company bosses and I completely understand how people might be protective of the integrity and legacy of such an amazing artist, especially if his music has been a part of their lives for a long period of time. However, I'm going to share my opinions of this release from the prospective of someone who unfortunately didn't embrace Jeff's music until recently. I remember hearing of him first about four years ago but regrettably assumed that his untimely death had placed him on some kind of musical pedestal that perhaps he didn't deserve. A completely ridiculous assumption having not listened to any of his music, but trust me this is a mistake I have paid for, having deprived myself of such rare breathtaking beauty until now.
It was the spellbinding cover of Leonard Cohen's `Hallelujah' the video of which I saw for the first time only recently which finally convinced me that I had overlooked an artist with a voice of peerless beauty and songs which come as close to pure perfection as is possible in music. For those of you who haven't yet experienced the sound of Jeff Buckley's voice then enchanting, ethereal, truly exquisite are probably the best words to sum it up, however, words really do fall short of expressing the sheer beauty of what you will hear. I was literally frozen to the spot, completely mesmerised upon first hearing him sing. This album is a great introduction to Jeff's music, every one of the songs are amazing, more revelatory, more vivid with each listen. From the opening track `Last Goodbye' to the beautifully sorrowful cover of The Smith's `'I Know It's Over` this album is truly spectacular. Rather than being a makeshift greatest hits release with random tracks thrown in to make up the numbers, this comes across as a cohesive unit, with carefully placed songs which flow gracefully. This truly is a fantastic album in it's own right however, I do hope it only acts as a prelude to more extraordinary music, I have yet to discover.