Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) - Allison Crowe live tv version





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Published on May 7, 2006

"It's, as I say, a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion... It's a rather joyous song," says Leonard Cohen: "I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view... It's the notion that there is no perfection ~ that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances."

By request, Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen's song, fittingly described by Allison Crowe as "awesome", is seen/heard here performed live in the tv studio. It's part of Crowe's "Tidings" special ~ broadcast across Canada each December for years ~ and her album of the same name. The one-hour music program was created by Producer Doug Slack and his A-Channel team "Inside Pandora's Box".

Allison Crowe joins a host of artists, including Popa Chubby, Dresden Dolls, Claude Lemieux, kd lang, Jeff Buckley, Bon Jovi, Jennifer Hudson, Steven Page, Neil Diamond, Brandi Carlile, Katherine Jenkins, Nicole Nelson, Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen, Rufus Wainwright and John Cale, each in their own ways, expressing the genius of Leonard Cohen. In 2012, Allison Crowe performs the song with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet in "The Doorway" - created and choreographed by Jorden Morris.

Allison Crowe's "Tidings" CD/album contains her much-loved recording of "Hallelujah".


Allison Crowe's live take on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" so redefined an approach to the song it was plenty controversial in the early part of this century. Once that dam burst, and hundreds of covers poured forth, Crowe's version took its place as a much-loved, classic, interpretation.

"Simply, a song so beautiful (Hallelujah) has never been sung so beautifully." ~ We Write Lists (UK)

"Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah,' which, as performed by Allison Crowe, may be one of the most amazing things ever recorded onto magnetic tape." ~ Semper Ubi Sub Ubi (USA)

"I originally had a different version of 'Hallelujah' on that scene (Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II) - it was the version by Allison Crowe, and it was really beautiful. Too beautiful, as it turned out..." Zack Snyder, Director, The Watchmen movie

"Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'... it's one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I am happy to report that Allison Crowe does it justice and then some. Her voice will give you chills. If it doesn't, check your pulse, you may not be alive. It's incredibly moving." ~ Amy Lotsberg, Collected Sounds (USA)

"...a radiant, rousing, celebratory rendition of Leonard Cohen's lovely 'Hallelujah' " ~ Shirley Goldberg, Mo Magazine (Canada)

"HALLELUJAH is absolutely the best version I have ever heard of that song...and there have been some almost perfect recordings of it. But (Crowe)s takes the cake. Powerful, yet vulnerable. Sexy and innocent. Just amazing." ~ Steven Stewart, MusicFreedom (Finland)

"Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen. This song has somehow become Crowe's signature, if a singer who defies description as stubbornly as she does has a signature... Cohen's original version is a spoken poem, all of the meaning contained in the words. Crowe's version is a living thing, a meditation and a celebration and a benediction." ~ anacronym (Canada)


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