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TesseracT Cover Jeff Buckley

Posted by: Alex DiVincenzo (05/13/12)
Listen to TesseracT's cover of Jeff Buckley's "Dream Brother" in the replies.
      
 
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07:31 AM on 05/13/12
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11:12 AM on 05/13/12
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This is pretty rad. I think for the band this must have been super fun to record but as a listener it's kind of less exciting (as a recording, I can imagine that this would be killer live). I guess it's a tough spot covering Jeff Buckley: He's like Jimi Hendrix in that most people were attracted to his instrument (in this case his voice) than the songs themselves so in covering them you either lose that beautiful vocal performance and ruin the song, or do basically an impersonation of Buckley. This leans towards the latter but at the end of the day I'd take a heavily-indebted performance executed this well over a Tupac hologram any day.
12:24 PM on 05/13/12
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i was expecting something heavy..
12:49 PM on 05/13/12
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i was expecting something heavy..
It's off their "Perspective - ep" which is all acoustic renditions.
06:20 PM on 05/13/12
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This is pretty rad. I think for the band this must have been super fun to record but as a listener it's kind of less exciting (as a recording, I can imagine that this would be killer live). I guess it's a tough spot covering Jeff Buckley: He's like Jimi Hendrix in that most people were attracted to his instrument (in this case his voice) than the songs themselves so in covering them you either lose that beautiful vocal performance and ruin the song, or do basically an impersonation of Buckley. This leans towards the latter but at the end of the day I'd take a heavily-indebted performance executed this well over a Tupac hologram any day.


I'll listen to the cover soon, but I will say that Buckley was a vastly underrated songwriter (still is), and even more underrated as a guitarist. His voice is undeniably great, but his real talent is in songwriting and I'd hope people realize that after the initial draw of his voice like you said.
06:49 PM on 05/13/12
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It's off their "Perspective - ep" which is all acoustic renditions.

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08:37 AM on 05/14/12
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10:52 AM on 05/14/12
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I'll listen to the cover soon, but I will say that Buckley was a vastly underrated songwriter (still is), and even more underrated as a guitarist. His voice is undeniably great, but his real talent is in songwriting and I'd hope people realize that after the initial draw of his voice like you said.
Oh I definitely agree. "Dream Brother" is probably my favorite off "Grace." "Lover You Should've Come Over," and "Everybody Here Wants You," are brilliantly well written. I just think people notice the songs a lot less than they notice his voice.

It's (I think) a general conflict with great singers: Sometimes they sing so well you don't really hear the words. It's why I think word-heavy/complex storytelling lyricism really succeeds (not necessarily in my opinion, just in terms of records sales and critical acclaim) with simpler melodic vocal approaches (Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, all hip-hop) and really acrobatic vocal performance seems to warrant really simple lyrics (Luther Vandross, Donny Hathaway, Anita Baker, most soul music).

Good call on the guitar. You into that Sin-e EP? His playing on that is awesome.
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