Rob Brunner
May 08, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mystery White Boy

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jeff Buckley

We gave it an A-

For fans whose only exposure to live Buckley is the acoustic ”Live at Sin-é” EP, the 12 full-blast tracks on ”Mystery White Boy” will come as a shock. In full Led Zep bombast mode here, the late singer and his band rip through unreleased originals and noisy takes from Buckley’s ’94 album, ”Grace,” as well as gentler covers of Big Star and the Smiths. The performances are unfailingly inspirational; too bad the sound quality is a bit muddy and muffled. Deal with it: We’re lucky these recordings exist at all. A-

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