Live At L'Olympia Review

artist: Jeff Buckley date: 04/19/2008 category: compact discs
Jeff Buckley: Live At L'Olympia
Release Date: Jul 3, 2001
Label: Sony International
Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
This is the best proof that Jeff Buckley's greatest legacy is his lust for life, dynamic personality, and his music.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 9
Live At L'Olympia Reviewed by: busby_bass, on march 09, 2006
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Sound: Jeff Buckley, Live At Olympia, is simply put a masterclass in live performance. Before the concert Buckley was said to be apprehensive how he asked was he supposed to live up to Edith Piaf, or The Velvet Underground, Buckley managed this feat and more, himself believing this to be his finest performance. The albums music is incredible, every performer was at his peak, giving it there all, unfortunately this album is essentially over 10 years old, despite only being released posthumously 4 years ago this gives it an at hazy feel, when compared to todays incredibly clear recordings, of course, the sheer energy of the band still manages to permeate through. // 8

Lyrics: Whilst the crowning glory of this album must undoubtedly go to Buckley's incredibly emotive voice, the lyrics themselves are nothing short of superb, expertly woven and shaped they give an image of a young man fighting the demons of his past, and escaping the shadow of his father. Obviously Buckley can not take credit for some of the albums covers, he does a great job of turning those songs into his own. // 10

Overall Impression: I would find it cruel to pick certain tracks from this album and label them "favourites" each track is as deserving as the last. If this album was lost I would certainly buy it again, I only wish that the album was recorded proffessionally all those years ago. // 9

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overall: 10
Live At L'Olympia Reviewed by: kingmenotyou, on april 19, 2008
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Sound: This album shows Buckley at his best, he himself believed this to the best example of his work. This album showcases Buckley's incredible emotional range, taking existing works of himself and others and stretching to the very limit, from the rage of Eternal Life, breaking down in the middle to scream at the audience, to the love of That's All I Ask. It's not all serious though, with Buckley taking the time to parody Led Zep's Kashmir, and stopping in the middle of songs to toy with his audience. Though not perfect, the actual sound quality is surprisingly good for a live recording, certainly good enough to sustain Buckley's incredible voice. It succeeds in holding up under his vocal onslaughts, "oh your just like him" (Dream Brother), the middle of Eternal Life, and the entire outro to Grace. // 10

Lyrics: Once again, Buckley has excelled himself. He proves yet again that he is a lyrical genius. There not being any previously unheard songs here there's not an awful lot to say here, suffice to say that you will be blown away. As mentioned earlier, Buckley's voice is on form, if at times overbearing. He shows that you don't need a deep voice to sing powerfully, and that you don't need to be 8 years old to sing beautifully. // 10

Overall Impression: If I had to place a low point of the album it would have to be Lilac Wine. Compared to the rest of the album it is dormant and empty and, dare I say it, a bit boriing. However, this is immediately made up for, as following it is possibly the most exciting thing I have ever heard: an incredible version of Grace. For me this album has three high points: Grace, the final verse and chorus of Hallelujah, it will blow you away and on Kashmir, when a man in the audience shouts "thank you for giving us so much". This in itself shows how affecting Buckley's performance was. It's moments like this in the album that you find yourself biting back tears. This album may not have the crispness of Grace, or the rawness of Sketches, but if passion is what you're looking for, this is the place to come. In summersion: buy this album. Or download it illegaly. Whatever you're into. // 10

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