Jeff Buckley, ‘You + I’

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Aidin Vaziri | Jeff Buckley made one perfect album, 1994’s “Grace,” before dying three years later while swimming fully clothed in Memphis’ Wolf River Harbor. Everything that has come out in the two decades since his passing — demos, early recordings, live sets sourced from personal analog audiocassettes — has carried his mesmerizing, soaring voice but failed to recapture the original spark. The latest posthumous collection, “You + I,” features a handful of cover songs that have been making the rounds among fans since the early days of Napster — Buckley’s spare takes on tunes like the Smiths’ “The Boy With the Thorn In His Side,” Led Zeppelin’s “Night Flight” and Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman.” The informal sessions are now given a fresh digital veneer, Auto-Tuned and edited into radio-friendly nobs of various quality — his scat-heavy spin on Sly & the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” is cringe-worthy, while his intimate version of another Smiths song, “I Know It’s Over,” is capable of stealing the air out of your lungs — that ultimately still sound like dorm room noodles.

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