Which is your favourite version of Hallelujah?

I think Alexandra Burke’s beats the original. I think she was somewhat iffy at The Royal Albert last week. 

I think it may be a gender thing Phoebe. I have to confess I hadn’t heard it before and gave up after 90 seconds. 
Do you find him easy on the eye? I think it might be the difference in our perceptions. 

Patronsiing much?!

oh as a man I’m all about the sound quality, the little lasy’s clearly blinded by the pecs 

He wears specs?

I didn’t notice. I really should wear my glasses more these days. 

Yes I agree. It’s all about the sound. 
Alexandra has a fine fine pair of lungs on her. 
What did I say that was patronising?

Well I managed about half of Cale’s and it’s a cut above Buckley. 

summersails don’t be flippant. 
 

I would like to have heard that Cornishman Jethro sing it. 

cohen’s is the best

its meant to be a sad song not an uplifting one

i feel the same about dolly and i will always love you tbf so maybe it’s just me

I like Alexandra Burke but she doesn’t sound like she really understands what she’s singing. She’s too busy wailing and Beyoncé-ing over all the notes 

Have you heard Jethro sing? It’s surprisingly moody and moving for such a foul mouthed filthy hysterical comedian. 
Have you heard his stand up? It’s surprisingly risqué for such a fine singer. 

Ooh kd Lang, forgot about that. That version is beautiful 

i absolutely loved alexandra burke when she was on x factor but i agree that she’s settled into a fairly standard middle of the road singer when she could have been bigger than leona

but then what do I know - maybe she’s happier now with the level of fame she’s achieved (she has name recognition in the uk at least) - at least i hope she is

i don’t think i’d ever want to be super famous no matter how much talent i had

Hallelujah Chris Whitty has just gone down for 10 years. 

Yeh, Jeff Buckley. Nice arrangement. 

All of Cohen's songs should be rearranged by people who are better musicians and singers. 

 

"All of Cohen's songs should be rearranged by people who are better musicians and singers"

are there any good covers of everybody knows? ❤️ That song 

I’ve just listened to Lang and found it just…… pleasant. 
I think Burke’s gospel background infused her version with the ingredient that causes it to stand out with Leonard a close second. 

Another vote for Jeff Buckley’s version.

Plus what Octoman said.

Linda, try Stephen Stills and Judy Collins’ cover of Everybody Knows

Publish and be dammed.  

Whatshisface Dylan is music’s version of the Emperors new clothes. And I dont care that I apparently used to Look a bit like him.  

His Lyrics mebbe. 

His politics mebbe 

His voice not. I’d rather listen to Kermit the frog sing his songs. 

Am not a fan of kd lang, but she absolutely nails it. 

Prodigal son is Dylan. That's exactly the sort of thing he would say. 

All of Cohen's songs should be rearranged by people who are better musicians and singers.

hmm depends pinkus

buble is a better singer than cohen (of course) but he tried to cover i’m your man but didn’t get the weird creepiness of the song and tried to make it a big band anthem

cohen did what he did well is all i’m saying

Bullace reminds me a bit of Foxhunter. 

Happier times.

Buckley’s is good.

There’s a great version by Kathryn Williams (indebted to Buckley for the guitar picking, but she really goes for it on the vocal).

Always felt Cohen’s version was overproduced and ridiculously over-orchestrated, it works a lot better with stripped back instrumentation and foregrounding the vocal because it’s such an intense song, emotionally.

A rare what GSM said.

 

The feeling in Buckley’s and it’s use in the OC makes me cry

For Linda and those who think Leonard’s songs are better sung by someone who can actually sing, try Barb Jungr. Unbelievably good. 
she has a CD called hard rain (I think) which is a collection of Cohen and Dylan songs. 

I do not get the adoration for this song and why it is held in such high regard. It's a dirge. 

Just cos no-one else has said it, Rufus Wainwright's version... from the Shrek soundtrack

Cohen is a fantastic singer.  As is Dylan, actually. In the business of singing songs - tune, words, rhythm - they're both superb.  

The vocal noise may not be conventional, which is what puts some people off.  They don't sing 'in tune'; they're not auto-tuned; you wouldn't want either of them singing Josquin!  But the tuning is a way of expressing meaning in the song.  It's extraordinarily compelling.

If you like Pop Idol or the X-Factor then they're probably not for you.  You might like to try Andrea Bocelli.  

 

 

Jeff Buckley's version is the 'definitive one' surely. It has the right mix of melancholy and punch. Cohen as ever just sounds like he is thinking of topping himself. 

Good lord, why would you prefer Alexandra Burke's version? Overblown, overproduced horseshit with all the emotion flattened out.

Buckley's version is good, yes, and he is an attractive figure more widely for obvious reasons - his talent, his looks, his premature death (like that of his father).  I can see why it was so successful.  I agree with The Goose about Alexandra Burke's version.

I'll concede that Cohen's performance of this song isn't his best.  

I recommend this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbW3NK52LIQ 

 

Don't even think Cohen was a particularly good song-writer, let alone singer. He's just a lyricist. 

I done an arrangement of If It Be Your Will when I was 19 - mine's better. 

His first album is magnificent and he sings beautifully on it. I'm not sure what happened to his voice. Sisters of Mercy is a wonderful song.

I do not get the adoration for this song and why it is held in such high regard. It's a dirge. 

But you don't really care for music, do you?

 

Pinkus I admire your work but if that's the case why is he an international mega-star and you're posting on RoF?

The catatonic Canadian's voice is part of the appeal of his music. "Here I am with all my flaws. Can you love me anyway ?"

By the way, all the talk of Dylan (or Cohen) as great poets is total bollocks.  They're both very good song lyricists.  Rhyming couplets, traditional strophic forms; clever, heartfelt words.  As poems, teenage stuff.  As lyrics, just wonderful.

Pinkus I admire your work but if that's the case why is he an international mega-star and you're posting on RoF?

Difficult to post on RoF if you're dead, tbh. 

Love both Cohen's and Buckley's versions. Probably prefer Cohen. 

Just listened to Alexandra Burke's one and she sings it well but it's not got the soul. And she didn't go up on the major lift. 

Am going to listen to last year's man on repeat, and pretend I haven't read lawperson's critique.

For those preferring others' treatment of LC songs, Jennifer Warnes' album Famous Blue Raincoat - The Songs of Leonard Cohen is brilliant.   (it doesn't have Everybody Knows, though Linda)

Pinkus I admire your work but if that's the case why is he an international mega-star and you're posting on RoF?

Difficult to post on RoF if you're dead, tbh. 

 

Not judging by quite a lot of what i see on here.......

By the way, all the talk of Dylan (or Cohen) as great poets is total bollocks.  They're both very good song lyricists.  Rhyming couplets, traditional strophic forms; clever, heartfelt words.  As poems, teenage stuff.  As lyrics, just wonderful.

All talk of Dylan or Cohen not being great poets because they are song lyricists is total bollocks, because it assumes a meaningful distinction between poetry and lyrics  - Homer's poems, for example, were sung....

Wanking about with the form of poetry does not make better poetry. 

Yes but modern poetry - in English at least from Chaucer but probably much earlier - is almost always spoken word. 

The Homer thing is irrelevant.  Even Virgil wasn't chanted.

In any case, I'm not saying "they're not great poets because they're lyricists".  I'm just saying they're great lyricists and shit poets.

Worth remembering that music predates speech and speech predates writing. 

Whatever. It’s exactly the sort of song I’d expect to see referred to on a legal forum…

 

Dr alban added something fresh to the song - I thought he made it his own

If you like the sound of a gone-off rocker honking through his nose, then search Jon Bon Jovi + Hallelujah on youtube. 

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