Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

You and I

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

You and I

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Jeff Buckley

Columbia/Legacy

A lost set of demos that cuts through the myth

You and I, a cache of recently discovered demos by Jeff Buckley, offers a tantalizing glimpse into the artist's subconscious.

On "Dream of You and I," Buckley stops singing and recalls a reverie so vivid it borders on hallucination. In his dream, he's watching a band performing the very song he's playing, as the audience sings along. Like that deeply personal song, You and I is intimate, immediate, and self-reflexive. With its one-man, oneguitar approach-he alternates between a Telecaster and a Guild-Buckley strips away layers of legend that have accrued around him since his death by drowning, itself the stuff of folklore.

What emerge are currents of fluid and slashing guitar, and a voice that conjures Nina Simone and Robert Plant while remaining unique. …

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