11 May 2007

Sing a sad, sad song

Leonard CohenHallelujah

This is one of my favourite songs, and it also happens to be one of the 25 Most Exquisitely Sad Songs in the Whole World, although in the Jeff Buckley version, which The Big Brother thinks is, like, totally superior to the original.


cearta said...

I'm with you on Cohen over Buckley (in fact, as I'm sure you know, the great Leonard wrote it; Jeff's is merely a cover, admittedly a great one, just not as gut-wrenching as the original). The Dossing Times ran a poll facing one off against the other, and they were as shocked as I that Buckley came out ahead of Cohen 89%-11%. The post is well worth checking out for the YouTube links to performances by both of them.

For what it's worth, Jack L has taken to doing a tremendous a capella version of 'Hallelujah' as his encore. It's spine-tingling, powerful and drenched in pathos all at the same time. It's now available as the last track on his recent live album 'Momento'.

Finally, for what it's worth I recently came across this list of over 30 links to audio recordings of versions of the song (though every time I've checked it out, it's reached its maximum allowed download capacity, but you might be luckier).

Cathy said...

I am not that surprised at the poll result, I'm afraid it might be a matter of age. Leonard Cohen was the backing track to my teenage angst, for which I shall always be thankful. I will look for the Jack L version, and there's always the Rufus Wainwright Shrek version...