“t's a fascinating read, about a song's long trail from obscurity to worldwide anthem. You get a look at the way pop culture works along the way. Alan Light is able to connect the dots from the original recording by Cohen, up through the many versions we have today.
As a fan of Leonard Cohen I was struck with how little people know of him, while the lives of less talented songwriters/singers are plastered all over magazines and the internet.
I have to admit, I don't think Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah' is the best,which is blasphemy among people who know music. The first version I heard was from Bono, on the tribute album "Tower of Song." According to this book, even Bono feels the need to apologize, for his version, but since I hadn't heard anyone else sing it before, I didn't think it was bad. When I saw the movie "Shrek" with my daughter, I recognized the lyrics and was stunned a Leonard Cohen song would be in a kids' movie.
As the song has been recorded again and again, I've grown to appreciate the many interpretations. Buckley's is good, but a bit too intense. I appreciate the singers who can see a little irony between the verses and the refrain.”
Kyle A wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013.