Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’
‘Grace’ comes from the album ‘Grace’ released in 1994.
A few other tracks from the album-
‘Hallelujah’, ‘Lilac Wine’, ‘Last Goodbye’ and ‘Eternal Life’
‘Grace’ is a rock Ballard – a song about love in a slow temp.
Chorus-Voice – ‘wait in the fire’
Chorus 2-Voice – ‘wait in the fire’
Instrumentation and Texture
* Uses guitars, bass, synth, strings and drum kit.
* The guitars use DROP D tuning
* The guitars and drums play all the way through
* The other instruments are used to add effects or to thicken the texture
* The texture thins as the song goes on
Use of Technology
* Modulation on the synthesiser at the start of the song
* Distortion on the guitars, to intensify
* Overdubbing on the guitar parts, which creates a thicker sound
* Extra vocal parts in the bridge, produced by overdubbing
* Equalisation in the final verse, which is used to lower frequencies of Buckley’s voice
Tonality and Harmony
* The song is in Eminor, but the tonality is often ambiguous – eg: the into used the chord of D even though the key is Em
* The harmony is unusual for a rock song because it doesn’t use standard chord progressions
* Many chords are chromatic and move in parallel motion e.g. F – Em – Eb – in the chorus
* Some of the harmonies are very dissonant.
Melody and Lyrics
* The vocal part has a WIDE RANGE
* It is improvised in places
* Most of the vocal phrases fall – making it sound melancholy
* There is frequent ornamentation in the melody
* Buckley uses glissandos between notes
* Most of the word setting is syllabic but there are some long melisma’s which emphasise certain words such as ‘love’ in the first verse and fire’ in the chorus
* In the bridge there is a passage of vocalisation (wordless...