The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (129): No going back

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (129): No going back


norman lebrecht

July 22, 2020

Another of Jeff Buckleys’s steeliest riffs, in the style that launched Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (below).


  • Grittenhouse says:

    This has zero to do with classical music.

  • Doug says:

    Here’s a little “discomfort zone” for you. How many times did I predict this? Well, here it is, loud and clear: IT’S TIME TO LET CLASSICAL MUSIC DIE

    • Peter San Diego says:

      Loud and clearly wrong…

      • Edfar Self says:

        You are so right, Peter, 1100 years just to Guido d’Arezzo and the scale, farther to Pythagorus. I’ve tried to let it die, really tried to get shut of the tyranny of tonality but it just won’t die and take the laws of physics with i.Gott sei Dank..

        s Even quarter-tones and Alois Haba just ultiplied it by four. Where are the dodecoaphonists today? Or Boulez’s acolytes? Not in France, for sure. It has more lives than a ˙Hydra-headed feline.

  • Chris Wilford says:

    I knew Jeff. My band opened for him once and he returned the favor opening for us. Very talented guy gone too soon.

  • E says:

    The steel at moments sounds almost like a piano, and Halleluja references quite a bit of text in the classical canon.
    It is not a bad idea to have a classical music critic know music beyond the classical.
    (I recall a first hearing of Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, and being astounded by the voice and ornamentation.)
    Classical music will not die as long as we are here to listen to it.

  • Graham Clarke says:

    Check out his chillingly beautiful version of Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth”.

  • Sean says:

    Jeff Buckley was a genius no matter the musical genre, one of those people who defy such glib categorisations. Most welcome here.