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Can't go wrong,
This review is from: Tim Buckley / Goodbye and Hello (Audio CD)
Elektra's double reissues throw up some high-quality bargains, of which this is a prime example. 'Tim Buckley' seems to have been widely-dismissed, including by the artist himself, yet this attitude is a travesty. Certainly, it is derivative of the so-called folk-rock of the era, all 12-string twiddling and thin love songs, but the melodies are fantastic and so is Buckley's vibrato, reminiscent of Grace Slick's delivery of 'White Rabbit', only with more talent and control. The string flourishes and higher registers bear parallels with Love, though these recordings predate 'Da Capo' and 'Forever Changes'.
'Goodbye And Hello' sees Buckley striving for a weightier, more innovative recording and the result is a more diverse range of styles. Lyrically, it is not wholly impressive. 'No Man Can Find The War' is lost among an ocean of material on the subject, but otherwise Buckley haunts, delights and trips his dazzling way through the album with breathtaking aplomb. The title track is a magnificent, twisting epic; 'Phantasmagoria In Two' features a swooning lyric and descending melody; 'Pleasant Street' likewise; 'I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain' takes you on a 'high' journey.
Buckley's finest work was apparently yet to come. I haven't so far heard it, but if it's better than this it must be incredible.