Grace - Jeff Buckley
Rock and Pop of the 1990's:
Many albums were censored with warnings of explicit content. Rap music became political and harder. In the UK dance music dominated the charts along with American grunge.
Hip-hop influenced the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Blur, Pult, ect.
Jeff Buckley's 'Grace'
- Jeff was born in 1966 in California.
- He taught himself guitar from age 5.
- He was influenced by folk, punk, jazz and reggae.
- In 1992 Columbia Records offered him a record deal for 3 albums.
- Grace was released in August 1994.
- Grace was Jeff's only completed album.
- He tragically drowned age 30 in 1997.
- An early death led to him being known as 'Rock's Last Great Romantic'.
Themes of his songs were: love, inner strife and separation.
The album Grace is a folk rock style but the song Grace is a rock ballad.
- Guitars (drop D tuning)
- Strings (pizzicato, synthesizer strings)
- Drum kit
- Drop D tuning - Where the lowest string in a D
- Slide - A metal/glass device used to slide from one note to another.
- Whispers - Picking the note with the volume turned down, then turning it up quickly.
- Vibrato - The finger stopping the string is wobbled.
Power Chords - A chord or combination of notes used in rock music abd typically selected to sound good at high volume and high levels of distortion.
Structure of Grace
Intro - Verse 1 - Pre Chorus - Chorus
Link - Verse 2 - Pre Chorus - Chorus
Link - Verse - Outro
Word Painting - where the melody goes up or down on certain words to create a specific mood.
The time signature is 12/8, this means four dotted crochet beats per bar. Most rock songs are in 4/4.