11.04.2010

Who did it better? - Leonard Cohen vs. Jeff Buckley

For many people, myself included, this song is immense and dense and blow-your-house-down beautiful.

Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen originally wrote the song for his 1984 album, Various Positions.  I've always had a soft spot for Leonard Cohen and songs like "So long, Marianne", "Sisters of Mercy" and "Chelsea Hotel".  Undoubtably, Leonard Cohen is a consummate close, quiet night performer.

But Hallelujah is a song that has been loved and covered over and over since its penning.  Rufus Wainwright did a weak version for Shrek, but Jeff Buckley's haunting version captures the emotion along with a thick layer of his own very well.

But again, this isn't up to me to decide.  It's up to you.  Please let me know...

Who did it better?


Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah"


Jeff Buckley "Hallelujah"

12:40 PM