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What is the best version of Hallelujah

Lenord Cohen !!!1!!!*****
3 (30%)
Penatonix
1 (10%)
Jeff Buckley
4 (40%)
Tim Minchen
0 (0%)
Rufus
2 (20%)
Other, please link video to be judged
0 (0%)

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Hallelujah
« on: March 03, 2017, 03:04:54 PM »
I can't think of a song that gets covered more times yet still has so many good versions. Cohen is my favorite and according to wiki has been covered over 300 times, seem like it should be a record.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallelujah_(Leonard_Cohen_song)










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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2017, 12:28:12 PM »
Hallelujah is one of those songs where, no offense, I feel like when I listen to the original I think "nope, that's not it" and then have to listen to one of the covers to hear it "right". Otherwise I feel like the Jeff Buckley version is the definitive one (and I know, I am REALLY GOING ON A LIMB WITH THAT) but I also submit Rufus Wainwright:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/rufus-wainwright/hallelujah-(live-at-the-fillmore)/USDWV0400090
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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2017, 12:43:09 PM »
Start a poll!
Rufus for me.
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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2017, 01:24:17 PM »
Good idea, poll added. Meh on Rufus, he has some pronunciation issues that irk me enough to not get my vote.

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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 01:31:44 PM »
I voted for the original, only because I feel like over the last couple of years this song have been done to death. 
Not helping the situation since 1979.

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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2017, 01:57:09 PM »
I'm a sucker for acapella harmony, and Pentatonix nailed it, while adding a subtle creepy overtone that goes well with the song.
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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2017, 01:57:19 PM »
Good idea, poll added. Meh on Rufus, he has some pronunciation issues that irk me enough to not get my vote.
Honestly I kind of prefer Wainright's take on the rhyme scheme to Cohen. He's just like "nope, I'm not going to sing this in a Brooklyn-ish accent to make 'do you' and 'Hallelujah' work". IMO (warning: blasphemy approaches) the biggest problem with the song is all the "do ya / through ya / blue ya / didgeridoo ya" stuff Cohen does to get back to the song title. Don't get me wrong, the melody is amazing and I really enjoy the landscape that the lyrics paint and it really is to me one of the top, like, 5 or 6 songs of the rock era, but, well, I think Wainwright was on the right track there.
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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2017, 02:16:47 PM »
Buckley for me, I hate the nasal voice of Rufus. I think he even plays the piano through his nose.


It is funny how the middle version of the song by John Cale is always forgotten, even though that is the version that Buckley was covering:



Also, y'all should listen to this podcast episode (it is also about Elvis Costello, but totally worth it):


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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2017, 02:35:56 PM »
I mean, it HAS to be Jeff Buckley. This poll should be "After Jeff Buckley's version, which is the best?"  :laugh:
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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2017, 06:51:53 AM »
I love the Rufus version.  And I think the phrase "but you don't really care for music do you" is one of the nastiest epithets ever put to song.  I love it.
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Re: Hallelujah
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2017, 09:03:28 AM »
Hard to pick an absolute favorite, but I really like this one:



The use of boy sopranos gives it a quality you just can't get with adult women sopranos. The later have far more virtuosity, but for this particular piece, the voice character of boy sopranos, who would have been used in the original, and for whom the piece was composed, is, IMO, more moving.

I have no idea how all those videos above got into this thread.  ;)
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