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Buckley - Lorca (Elektra)
itself from all but the slightest impulse towards traditional
song form, Lorca presents the listener with a jazzy, if sometimes
meandering, mélange of musical soundscape, over which
Tim Buckleys multi-octave voice is free to soar unhampered
by constraints of popular taste.
the heels of his most commercially successful Long Player,
Buckley entered the studio in the fall of 1969 determined
to hammer the last nail into the Happy Sad phase of his career.
todays hyper-Google standards, to fully appreciate the
significance of Buckleys music it appears necessary
to mine the innards of his biography.
by doing this, one somehow trades in the heady weight of his
art for a curiously tragic chronicle. With its sci-fi intro
clumsily merging into a hypnotically descending rhythm pattern,
the title track signals a conscious break from the past. Buckley
weaves in and out of organ swells and shard-like piano stabs,
creating a muscular vocal melody that demands attention.
Proposition is a sparse jazz jam highlighting the considerable
bass talents of John Balkin. Hints of the old Buckley do emerge
in the rollicking Nobody Walkin and the
folksy I Had A Talk With My Woman but each song
offers a fresh twist on form.
neither the album nor the artist ever reached the commercial
success that Elektra Records had hoped, Buckleys musical
legacy remains one of constant movement and experimentation.
And these are two traits that are best appreciated through
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