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Tim Buckley


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3.80 | 33 ratings

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4 stars "Blue Afternoon" is a very beautiful album that is hidden between two masterpieces, "Happy Sad" and "Lorca" (even if Lorca was recorded before Blue Afternoon).

"Happy Time" (vote 7+) part slowly, relaxed, with the rhythmic acoustic guitar and the electric guitar to make variations. The almost country sound and the voice of Tim recall the atmosphere of John Denver, who right in those years began his career. "Chase the Blues Away" (vote 7.5) is even softer in the arrangements but the bass and guitar draw jazz frescos that develop over time and the voice becomes warmer and more threatening. "I Must Have Been Blind" (Vote 7.5/8) is more rhythmic and the voice fills the scene more, up to hover in a beautiful progression. "The River", almost 6 minutes, is more evocative than the previous songs, thanks to the percussions and the vibraphone, and the thrilling atmosphere (vote 7,5/8). End of side A.

"So Lonely" opens side B. it's the lightest song, sung like a doggerel (vote 6,5). "Cafe" is quiet, subdued, painful, is a song involute, introvert, difficult, which puts a strain on the listener for its length (5 minutes and a half). Fortunately, there is the singing and the electric guitar to embellish it (vote 7+). "Blue Melody" has a jazz melody and arrangement (piano, acoustic bass). The mood is still introvert but more sliding and after the minutes the song take strength (vote 8). "The Train", the final song, almost 8 minutes, is different from the others for his irreverence, his compulsive and almost paroxysmal rhythm, as often happens in the last songs of the album of Buckley (vote 8+).

At the end of an album composed by calm songs, with acoustic rhythm guitar to mark the rhythm, electric guitar and voice to do the improvisations, and vibraphone in the background, arrive the anxiety, the sabbatic dance. "The Train" represents the peak of an album that although not having, apart from this, songs that stand out, always presents a medium quality of the pieces rather high.

Medium quality of the songs: 7,47. Vote album: 8+. Four stars.

jamesbaldwin | 4/5 |


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