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Various Artists: Sing A Song For You (Tribute To Tim Buckley) and Caroline Now! (The Songs Of Brian Wilson And The Beach Boys)

Ian Penman, The Wire, September 2000

IS THERE any point in anyone trying to recast the lassitudinous spacesail of Tim Buckley? As a singer, Buckley belongs to the Eternal(s), so aren't these little indie people just setting both themselves and us (not that anyone buys these tribute things) up for inevitable disappointment? Let me stress I don't think the prospect is necessarily sacrilegious. Although it would be suicidally dumb to even think about doing anything from Lorca, much early and late TB could be dreamily hung and profitably redrawn for our more polysexual age.

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