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Tune or No Tune – Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen


Is "Hallelujah" a Tune??  

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  1. 1. Is "Hallelujah" a Tune??

    • TUNE!!!!
    • NO TUNE!!!!

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September's theme of "Covers" continues, and there is another "Tune or No Tune" focusing on this theme. All you need to do is decide whether the song I have chosen is a TUNE (i.e. you love it) or a NO TUNE (i.e. you hate it). Quite simple, really!


First up in "Tune or No Tune" for September was Unchained Melody by Gareth Gates, which got a massive vote of No Tune. This week, I am hoping for a more positive vote with Hallelujah - the original by Leonard Cohen.


Hallelujah was recently covered by Alexandra Burke, the winner of the 5th series of X Factor and topped the UK Christmas charts, with Jeff Buckley's version at number 2. The original was released in 1984, and only reached number 36 in the UK charts.


It is a pretty simple song, with nothing that complex about it. The triple meter of the song evokes the styles of both waltz and gospel music. The vocals are very gritty, compared to many of the covers, which soften the song. Most of the covers try and make the song complex, yet the original is nice and simple.


The simpleness of the song make it stand out. In a way, I find it similar to Lou Reed's Perfect Day in style. As a result, I give Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen the vote of TUNE.


For those of you who haven't heard the song, here is a link to YouTube.




The poll closes in a week's time, which is Monday 14th September 2009. So make sure you vote now before the time for the latest "Tune or No Tune" poll finishes!


Also, if you want to suggest a tune for "Tune or No Tune", do not hesitate to drop me a PM

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