Grace (Legacy Edition) [Disc 2]

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Jeff Buckley - Grace (Legacy Edition)

1994 was one hell of a year. Portishead’s Dummy made trip-hop the ultimate hipster currency. Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral gave us industrial’s first bona-fide star and, most people would say, the genre’s defining work. Nirvana released an Unplugged album that still regularly graces our screens today. The Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible redefined bleak and made Richey Edwards an enduring cult hero. The Beastie Boys released Ill Communication, and if nothing else, made Spike Jonze a star. Oasis released Definitely Maybe, and British rock suddenly got a massive kick in the arse.

Looking back on that list, we can see that 1994 was a year of death discs, too. Nirvana’s Unplugged was Kurt Cobain’s last stand. The Holy Bible was Richey Edward’s last plea for help and sanity. But NOBODY’S death hurt as much as Jeff Buckley’s.

Grace was originally released in 1994, too. At the time, some people said it was a disappointment. Next to The Downward Spiral, Definitely Maybe, and Unplugged, that may well have been the initial impression. Substitute Unplugged for Nevermind, and these three albums each redefined their respective area of rock - they were all acclaimed upon release as world-changing records. They would all also go on to be huge hits. Grace didn’t - yet, whereas those three were nail bombs, Grace proved to be something of a smoke grenade. In other words, the influence it had was not as immediate, but word of mouth carried it further, over a greater period of time. Right now, Grace holds more sway over rock and indie than any of those albums. And nobody thinks it’s a disappointment anymore.

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