If Mystery White Boy makes sure Buckleys history is heard properly, in all its Cohen-meets-Cobain glory, then Columbias DVD, Live in Chicago, drives the history lesson home by showcasing a single show from the same tour in its entirety. The effect, like the record, is awesome. But overall, the visuals mute the power of the songs, if only because the mystery in the Mystery White Boy album lies in that records out-of-the-ether sonic grumbling, unannounced by visual cues. The result is a more subdued emotional journey, with a small number of completist add-ons, like Columbias original press kit for Buckleys first record, Grace, as well as a couple of live acoustic songs. Spine-tingling? Yes. Necessary? Maybe.
Carleton S. Gholz writes about music for the Metro Times. E-Mail email@example.com.