Jeff Buckley (3 stars)

Jeff Buckley

So Real (Columbia Legacy)


For those of us who are not paid-up apostles in the Church of Jeff, this collection, marking the tenth anniversary of his tragic drowning, contains everything that was great and galling about him. Not for nothing does his immense cover of Lenny Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ pop up in respectable positions on some of those greatest songs of all time lists while the bonus track of The Smiths’ ‘I Know It’s Over’ is almost too poignant for words. But the often wearisome guitar solos and a propensity for over-indulgent howling should not be forgotten when assessing his mixed legacy.

(Brian Donaldson)

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