Sunday, 14 December 2008
Hallelujah or something like that
Leonard Cohen - Avalanche
Watch this video of Leonard Cohen singing Avalanche. Watch it carefully, see how mesmerising and strangely sinister the performance is and how everything about it is captivating.
Then watch this. And ask yourself how the f did Simon Cowell convince Cohen to allow Alexandra 'I'm not as good as Leona Lewis or Beyonce' Burke cover 'Hallelujah'? arguably one of the most genuinely moving pop songs ever written? Especially when Jeff 'I'm dead now' Buckley already recorded the definitive version that made everyone blub after 9/11 (me included). There needs to be some quasi right-wing facebook group formed to stop this abomination.
Ok, i'm not being totally serious but you see my point - on a series which all the judges have been shouting, screaming and a lot of the time crying about song choices this seems to be the coup de grace of song choice stinkers.
It'll probably be Christmas number one as well, unless Leona 'I'm a better version of Alexandra Burke' Lewis's cover of the blatantly already over played Snow Patrol ballad 'Run' doesn't continue to break online sales records for the next week.
Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah-baahumbug
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah-jahtheallmighty
See what I mean?