Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hallelujah

A scholarly article on the BBC News site analyses the lyrics to Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and finds that the X-Factor winner's cover version seems to rather incongruously apply a Christmas theme to the Christ-free old testament story.

In fact, Cohen doesn't seem to have committed a decent version of this song to tape; as with a lot his later work, the recordings are crippled by cloth-eared producers. We are left with the Jeff Buckley cover as the finest recorded version, which was used with devastating effect in the The West Wing.

Obviously I forgot to mention the other cover of the Leonard Cohen classic, Alistair Griffin's Mark Viduka song.

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2 Comments:

Blogger moodiesfan said...

There is also a 'straight' version of 'Hallelujah' on Alistair Griffin's 2006 EP 'Finding Boethius', which is excellent.

10:27 am  
Blogger Polarbear said...

X Factor - What a wonderful invention. I am grateful we can't get it over here.

11:52 pm  

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