Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

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Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk.jpg
Studio album by Jeff Buckley
Released May 26, 1998
Recorded Summer 1996, New York; Spring 1997, Memphis
Genre
Length 91:46
Label Columbia
Producer
Jeff Buckley chronology
Live from the Bataclan
(1995)Live from the Bataclan1995
Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
(1998)
Mystery White Boy
(2000)Mystery White Boy2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[4]
NME8/10[5]
Pitchfork8.0/10[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[8]

Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk is the only posthumous album of polished studio tracks and demos recorded by American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Buckley was dissatisfied with material recorded in the summer of 1996 and early in 1997 and continued working on demo recordings to refine his sound. The album was to be titled My Sweetheart, the Drunk, but was never finished, as the rest of the band were traveling to meet Buckley at the time of his death. The album was released posthumously on May 26, 1998 (see 1998 in music). Despite its unfinished state, the album garnered many positive reviews; The Onion's AV Club called it "frustratingly incomplete, but mostly remarkable." The album's original sessions were produced by Television frontman Tom Verlaine.

"My Sweetheart the Drunk" was the working title that Buckley used while writing and recording the album. The title was intended by his mother and sole heir of his estate, Mary Guibert, to be rendered with parentheses, as Sketches for (My Sweetheart the Drunk). This was because Jeff's work was not finished, and therefore was just an outline, or "sketch," of what would have been released.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jeff Buckley; except where indicated

  • Disc One
  1. "The Sky Is a Landfill" (Jeff Buckley, Michael Tighe) – 5:09
  2. "Everybody Here Wants You" – 4:46
  3. "Opened Once" – 3:29
  4. "Nightmares by the Sea" – 3:53
  5. "Yard of Blonde Girls" (Audrey Clark, Lori Kramer, Inger Lorre) – 4:07
  6. "Witches' Rave" – 4:40
  7. "New Year's Prayer" – 4:40
  8. "Morning Theft" – 3:39
  9. "Vancouver" (Jeff Buckley, Mick Grøndahl, Michael Tighe) – 3:12
  10. "You & I" – 5:39
  • Disc Two
  1. "Nightmares by the Sea" [Original Mix] – 3:49
  2. "New Year's Prayer" [Original Mix] – 4:10
  3. "Haven't You Heard" – 4:07
  4. "I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted to Be)" – 4:27
  5. "Murder Suicide Meteor Slave" – 5:55
  6. "Back in N.Y.C." (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford) – 7:37
  7. "Demon John" (Jeff Buckley, Michael Tighe) – 5:13
  8. "Your Flesh Is So Nice" – 3:37
  9. "Jewel Box" – 3:37
  10. "Satisfied Mind" (Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes) (recorded 1992.10.11 WFMU) – 6:00

International (non-US) editions of Disc 2 include the bonus track "Gunshot Glitter" (Jeff Buckley) as Track 7 for a total of 21 tracks. The Japanese edition of Disc 2 also includes the bonus track "Thousand Fold" (Jeff Buckley) as Track 11 for a total of 22 tracks.[9]

Personnel[edit]

  • Jeff Buckley - guitar, vocals
  • Michael Tighe - guitar
  • Mick Grøndahl - bass
  • Eric Eidel - drums
  • Parker Kindred - drums
  • Benjamin Goldstein - ?
  • Chris Theodore - Security
  • Producers: Tom Verlaine, [Nicholas Hill on "Satisfied Mind"]
  • Engineers: Jeff Buckley, Michael J. Clouse, Ray Martin, Irene Trudel
  • Assistant engineers: Jim Caruana, Joe Lizzi, David Seitz
  • Mixing: Tom Cadley, Michael J. Clouse, Mary Guibert, Tom Verlaine, Andy Wallace
  • Mixing assistant: Steve Sisco
  • Art direction: Nicky Lindeman, Gail Marowitz
  • Design: Nicky Lindeman, Gail Marowitz
  • Photography: Merri Cyr
  • Liner notes: Bill Flanagan, Mary Guibert

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Position
US[10] 64
Australia[11] 1
Belgium[12] 13
France[13] 6
Netherlands[14] 62
New Zealand[15] 7
Norway[16] 10
Sweden[17] 29
UK[18] 7

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Everybody Here Wants You" Australian Top 100[19] 35
UK Singles Chart[18] 43

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Swedish doom metal band, Katatonia, recorded a cover of "Nightmares by the Sea", which appeared on the Tonight's Decision album and then later on their The Black Sessions compilation.
  • Jambi's Revenge recorded a cover of "Nightmares by the Sea" on their album Origins in 2010.
  • The USA original series The Dead Zone (based on the Stephen King novel of the same name) used "New Year's Prayer" as its theme song for the first three seasons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk – Jeff Buckley". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Browne, David (May 25, 1998). "Sketches of My Sweetheart the Drunk". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (May 15, 1998). "Jeff Buckley: Sketches (For My Sweetheart the Drunk)". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Hochman, Steve (May 25, 1998). "Buckley's Restless Spirit, Rich Music Preserved". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Williams, Simon (May 9, 1998). "Jeff Buckley – Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk)". NME. Archived from the original on June 17, 2000. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Dombal, Ryan (December 11, 2016). "Jeff Buckley: Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Fricke, David (May 7, 1998). "Jeff Buckley: Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 6, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (November 1, 2002). "Jeff Buckley: Sketches: For My Sweetheart the Drunk". Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on November 6, 2002. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Kane, Rebecca (1999). "Kingdom For A Kiss - The JB F.A.Q.: Sketches". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
  10. ^ "US: Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  11. ^ "Australia: Albums". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  12. ^ "Belgium: Albums". www.ultratop.be. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  13. ^ "France: Albums". lescharts.com. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Netherlands: Albums". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  15. ^ "New Zealand: Albums". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  16. ^ "Norway: Albums". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  17. ^ "Sweden: Albums". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  18. ^ a b "UK Chartlog". zobbel.de. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  19. ^ "Australia: Singles". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 28 December 2008.