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Seriously, the talent he had was just unreal.
I personally think he has the most amazing ever gifted to a man.
i think the long version of Sin-e shows it off more than any of the other releases. just him and a guitar wailing for two hours, without ever feeling overly self-indulgent.
although i am tempted to say that he was better at playing around with other peoples material that straight up writing all of his own. but i'm not 100% on that
His song writing never seems to feel complete with a few exceptions but I'm happy to overlook that because his voice brings it all together.
so who knows where his songwriting would have led to on subsequent albums. I mean, Joan writes amazing songs, so he would've probably done so as well. No logic there, but i'm sure he would've gone on to write a few classics. The opening of Sin-e is the best ever, although i do feel that Grace was just his magnum opus, exactly the way he wanted it to be and all that.
Did anyone actually see him live?
Saint Cronin saw him.
I much prefer his live albums to Grace, especially Mystery White Boy. It's just come to my attention they are making a biopic starring James Franco. Hmmm....
He played at Reading Festival in 94 or 95, I was there both years but had not heard of him at the time! In fact I didn't know he'd played there until I saw it on Wikipedia recently, wish I'd never found out really, gutted!
And thought, nah, I'll go and watch Therapy? or someone else instead.
In my darker moments I still beat myself up about that.
Highbury & Islington Garage, I think. It was small. Some of Radiohead were there (a bit hazy on this but I think so). It was very hot and due to my girlfriend of the time feeling faint I had to leave. At that point 'Kangaroo' had been going for 15 minutes or so.
I remember being blown away by Jeff Buckley though the over-indulgence was wearing a bit thin.
on so many levels.
Was a bit boring, to tell the truth. Lovely voice and all, but a bit worthy and dull.
Brilliant? Absolutely and resoundingly not.
or for that matter, loads of other singer songwriters. He wishes he was as talented as Ryan Adams.
How big would he be were he still alive? How would Grace sound if it were viewed as a debut rather than as the sole cohesive output? Such wasted potential.
Not at all overrated. Is he regarded as the most wonderful artist to have ever existed? No? Then, if anything, he's unfairly underrated.
Think some tracks on 'Sketches for My Sweetheart, the Drunk' were really really promising - kind of like Elliot Smith, but less er, smug. The soft-rock blow-outs killed Grace for me, but his voice was probably the best voice in music for a long time. And he definitely wins SEXIEST DEAD SINGER-SONGWRITER MAN.
he had terrible teeth. There's one picture of him smiling with his mouth open and it's kind of scary. And sexy, like a Buscemi thing.
Sorry music board for talking about sex AND music together.
He could sing better than pretty much anyone else in rock, ever.
He was an astonishingly good guitarist (Jimmy Page reckons that Jeff was better than him).
The songwriting was still a work in progress - after all, the two best original songs on Grace were co-written with Gary Lucas - and you could see what he wasn't happy with the My Sweetheart, the Drunk sessions.
I can accept if people don't like his musical style, but for the sheer raw talent of his singing and playing, he's up there with the greats. Just listen to the extended Sin-e CD; he goes from playing Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, to his own songs, to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Edith Piaf, just with a Tele, an amp, and a microphone.
Find me a single person out there now - on that Rough Trade 60 albums list, or the NME Top 100, or the Pitchfork 200 albums of the decade list - who could do that. See?
it was so real