Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim & Jeff Buckley





Tim and Jeff Buckley’s music may have stylistically seemed further apart than similar, but upon looking back and comparing lyrics, both father and son had a great deal in common. Both, father and son gave their audience a sense of the hopeless romantics they were, expressing everything from sorrow to the grandeur of love with lyrics like “The memories fire, the rhythms fall slow, black beauty I love you so.” Overall, their music can be described as hopeful and melancholic. Their premature deaths only perpetrated and solidified the anguish and tragedy that came across in their music. Nearly ten years has gone by since Jeff Buckley’s mysterious and sudden death and thirty since Tim’s passing. Time has not stood still but their music remains relevant. Dream Brother: The Songs Of Tim & Jeff Buckely proves this relevance with the inclusion of well-known indie artists like folk rock poster boy Sufjan Stevens, the effervescently poppy Magic Numbers and dream pop maestros, Engineers. The rest of the compilation includes substantial efforts from relatively unknown acts, echoing the sense of torturous lament they might feel in the thought of being compared to the original authors of this music. Granted most tribute albums are in no way an easy undertaking, but they do serve as a good introduction for unknown bands to a wide scale audience. Standout tracks include Micah P. Hinson’s “Yard Of Blonde Girls”, Bitmap’s “Dream Brother” cover, Tunng’s “No Man Can Find The War” and Engineers’ “Song To The Siren” (made previously famous by The Cocteau Twins). Although it is difficult to make a tribute album sound fresh and while no one will ever be able to duplicate the angelic voice of Jeff Buckley, the artists on this compilation have provided us with some interesting new takes on these classic songs.

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Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim & Jeff Buckley