- 25 Oct 19
Crossing five decades of classic records, a selection of Ireland’s most exciting young artists discuss their favourite albums since the dawn of Hot Press.
Grace is one of those albums that I continue to find powerful and inspiring. Buckley’s voice throughout sounds assured yet free – wandering off on tangents whenever the music necessitates. The songwriting, like the voice, traces familiar lines before exploring brand new territory.
The music itself becomes a journey of sorts. This range – both vocally and dynamically – deepens the expression. ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ is sometimes delicate, sometimes dense. Likewise ‘Last Goodbye’; ‘So Real’, co-written with Michael Tighe; and ‘Grace’, a collaboration with guitarist Gary Lucas – they are all remarkably powerful songs that unfold with striking balance of form.
The album also includes Buckley’s versions of music by Leonard Cohen, James Shelton and an anonymous 16th-century carol arranged by Benjamin Britten. As someone who has a broad appreciation of music, both in terms of time and also genre, it’s a wonderful array of songs. I’m so grateful for the time spent with this album.