Bono Calls Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' The 'Most Perfect Song In The World'
The U2 frontman has heaped praise upon the oft-covered track.
Posted on Dec 25, 2012 10:26 am
U2 frontman Bono has called Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' the "most perfect song in the world", reports NME.
Bono makes the claim in a new book by Alan Light, called The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, And The Unlikely Ascent Of 'Hallelujah'.
Other artists make their love of the track known in the book, with Regina Spektor saying: "This song is pretty much indestructible."Patrick Stump of the Fall Out Boy adds of the oft-covered track: "The song keeps coming up, and every time it's like it's brand new. It sounds new every time you hear it."
Of his book, Light has written in Hollywood Reporter:
"I attempt to explore the unprecedented path of this song - a protracted snowball effect that, over the course of several decades, has turned 'Hallelujah' into one of the most loved, most performed, and most misunderstood compositions of all time."
He adds: "Cohen's simple, indelible melody and striking, ambiguous words - a mesmerizing synthesis of prayer and sexuality - combined with the irresistible force of that universal, one-word chorus add up to a song that is able to serve as a celebration and a lament, a versatile symbol of triumph and sorrow, heartbreak and wisdom."
Earlier this year, Cohen said that people have asked him for a moratorium on the usage of covers of his classic song, 'Hallelujah'.
The track, from his 1984 album 'Various Positions', has been covered by a host of artists including the late Jeff Buckley (his version of the song also happens to be one of the most popular tabs here on Ultimate Guitar), Bono, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, k.d. lang and The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.
Of its popularity, Cohen told The Guardian:
"There's been a couple of times when other people have said can we have a moratorium please on 'Hallelujah'? Must we have it at the end of every single drama and every single Idol? And once or twice I've felt maybe I should lend my voice to silencing it but on second thought no, I'm very happy that it's being sung."
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