From LA: Tim Buckley
From L.A shows a fourth transition in style for Tim Buckley.
A million miles away from its predecessor Starsailor.
traces of his folk roots are gone, replaced by sexually charged
funk, rock, soul rhythms and vocals. In short, this album
is one horny beast, the songs are almost exclusively about
getting down and dirty.
you been told at the time of the lyrically innocent, sweet
voiced first album Tim Buckley that this is what was
to be just four years down the line, you would not have believed
it. But he pulls it off and does it damn well.
lyrics, although mostly about sex, are not filled with the
same old, same old clichés that were churned out by many rock
icons at the time. Tim himself said 'All the sex symbols from
Elvis to Jagger had never said anything dirty or constructive
about making love, you could never learn anything from any
of those songs'.
unique, electric vocal performance also serves to give an
added intensity to the songs. Although completely different
in style, on Greetings From L.A Tim combines the funk with
the improvisational vocal techniques he developed on avant
garde jazz albums Lorca and Starsailor.
This album was slammed by some who did not appreciate the
more light-hearted funkier sound. It's part of a trio of albums
that are regarded by some as 'sell outs', unfairly so, I think.
There are some really stand up tunes on this album.
Surrender a powerful, soulfully sung story of infidelity.
Night Hawkin' an extremely funky, rhythmic tune about
being an L.A cab driver with a knife brandishing, wino, Vietnam
veteran for a fare. Hong Kong Bar, a rolling acoustic
number, is the most chilled moment on the album.
It Right closes the record fittingly with a latin sounding,
dramatically sung tale of wanting to be, well, spanked by
a hooker basically. Listen to this album you?ll want to go
out, hit the sauce and be very, very bad indeed.