Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rock Revival Classic Albums (1974): Tim Buckley 'Look at the Fool'

Look at the Fool cover

Tim Buckley's last album before his death certainly didn't gain him any favors with critics and fans, the last in a trilogy of albums exploring blue-eyed soul/funk.

Prior to this his free jazz explorations ( a la Frank Zappa) on Starsailor had also been widely panned.

It's hard to understand why Look at the Fool was treated so badly.

Rolling Stone magazine said;

It's as if Buckley had borrowed the primal scream of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band in order to mock and punish himself, as the title implies. With music like this, he mocks and punishes the listener as well.

Personally I totally love the album; his voice is incredible in it's range and funkiness, the songs are consistenly catchy

Have a listen and make up your own mind

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