Sound — 10
Each disc of 'Sketches' offers a different insight into Buckley's music. Disc 1 contains many notable sonic achievements, not least 'The Sky is a Landfill', and the incredible 'Vancouver'. Buckley also shows a softer side in 'Opened Once' and 'Morning Theft'. However, despite disc 1's achievements, it is the second disc that is of most interest. While disc 1 consists of music closer to what Buckley wanted it to become, disc 2 contains much rawer, sketchier, if you will, music. Songs found on this are by no means easy listening, songs such as 'Gunshot Glitter', 'I Know We Could...' and 'Murder Suicide Meteor Slave' are harsh on the ears but are delivered with such passion that it is impossible not to be moved by them. The poor sound quality of these tracks also give an appropriately haunting effect.
Lyrics — 10
On this album Buckley once again proves himself as a poet as well as a songwriter. While his criptic lyrics will leave some banging their heads on the floor, trying to wring meaning out of them, most will be content to be carried away by his buitiful imagary ('Just like the ocean, always in love with the moon', 'The calm below that poisoned river wide', 'Twenty-nine pearls in your kiss, a singing smile').
Overall Impression — 10
Overall I'd rate this album higher than Grace, but not a good introduction to Buckley's music. It gives a much more varied, honest, and intense view of the man. It shows Buckley's dismissal of musical restrictions of the time in pieces like 'New Years Prayer' and the incredibly brave 'You and I', which it would take the most dedicated fan to listen through. This album also shows that despite what 'Grace' implies he did have fun. Songs like 'Haven't you Heard' and 'Your Flesh is so Nice' seem like excuses for him to enjoy himself. And, after journeying thruogh this strange sonic landscape, what could be a more appropriate end than 'Satisfied Mind'. A perfect album.