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Goodbye and Hello: Tim Buckley

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This second album shows more diversity than the first. Still writing with Beckett, some tracks retain the romantic, poetic balladry and medieval sound of the first release Tim Buckley, but are less formal. They become looser and more experimental and see Tim Buckleys vocal grow in intensity and variation.

Two songs No Man Can Fight The War and Goodbye And Hello are dramatic and highly theatrical protest songs, which reflect their current times, but simultaneously sound like they are played and sung by men dragged from a carnival in the fourteenth century.

'Pleasant Street, Phantasmagoria In Two, I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain and Morning Glory are the standout tracks. Pleasant Street and I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain are epic. Pleasant Street is perhaps the closet Buckley ever gets to rock and is proof of the sheer strength and emotional intensity of his voice.

Phantasmagoria In Two and Morning Glory are both beautiful, sparkling folk songs that are in keeping with the general sound of the first album, but are far less stiffly formulated lyrically and more relaxed vocally.

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