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COVER: “Hallelujah” – Jeff Buckley.

March 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Finally, we arrive at the last item in our “Covers That Are Better Than the Originals” series (whose summary can be found here). It’s time for the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the top of the heap. What song could I possibly be talking about other than the beauty that is “Hallelujah” by the late Jeff Buckley, originally by Leonard Cohen.

Jeff Buckley

This song is a life, a love, a loss in just under seven minutes. Trying to dig under my skin looking for the perfect description is like looking back on past relationships and asking myself why exactly they went wrong, or wondering what makes sunny days fill with promise — you can’t explain it. It just is.
No angsty mixtape is complete without this, yet it belongs on everyone’s iPod no matter the age. Just because we get older doesn’t mean we stop feeling that intensity. When Buckley’s voice cracks with the effort of simply trying to get his feelings out it cracks something inside everyone too. When his voice rises above the lyrics with an ethereal grace not often seen, the words shine.
Simple, heartbreaking, near perfect, this song is a testament to the fragility of the human condition while still standing in the face of all the world throws at us.

Jeff Buckley:
Hallelujah on wikipedia
(off the album Grace)
“Hallelujah” – Jeff Buckley.

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