04 April 2009

I have been scolded


My sister advises me, forcefully, that KD Lang's version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is much better than any other and that I was terribly wrong to post that other, inferior rendition.  Since it is her birthday, I will accommodate her by providing the requested link.

My mother in law agrees.  It seems that I am outnumbered.

11 comments:

  1. O Canada! With glowing hearts!

    Thanks, SF. I've heard Ms. Lang's earlier treatment on her cd, "songs from the 49th parallel" or something like that. I prefer this one to her earlier, cd version.

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  2. I regret to inform you, doctor, that your sister is wrong.

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  3. Ummmm...Jeff Buckley's cover is the definitive version. For a quite thorough analysis of this song and its covers check out this paper,
    "It Doesn't Matter Which You Heard": the Curious Cultural Journey of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

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  4. Amen to that! Your sister's dead on. Damn that woman can sing!

    But to complete the triumvirate, try out the Jeff Buckley version - it'll knock your socks off

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  5. Indeed she can sing. Watching the video made me recall the American Trilogy Elvis did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moUifEmOcbU

    The similarities in appearance between Elvis and K.D. is interesting.

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  6. Nope, I like Rufus the best!

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  7. This *IS* a good version, but points have to be deducted because I still have no idea if KD Lang is a dood or a chick. It's distracting; plus is she walking around barefoot?

    I didn't know anyone else sang this besides Jeff Buckley.

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  8. Oh my God, that was so gut wrenching and beautiful my nervous system is still reververating from it.

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  9. kd lang is good, but jeff buckley rocks that song like no other

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  10. Ohhhh, perfect timing SF. I read about this wonderful news yesterday, and now i hear "Hallelujah" from KD Lang. So beautifully appropriate! Hallelujah indeed!

    --Sonny

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  11. KD is brilliant for sure, and I love her to pieces.

    However, for me Jeff Buckley's version will always come out on top. Maybe it's because it's the version I first heard and loved, and have since listened to thousands of times. Maybe it's because he is gone and will never sing it again. Who knows.

    I must ask - what's up with Ms. Lang's getup sans footwear? Did she get touched by some Eastern spiritualism or is she just mocking the 'barefoot and pregnant' look? :)

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