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Leonard Cohen hates Canberra

By johnboy - 30 July 2013 32

News has the itinerary for the upcoming (and very possibly final Leonard Cohen tour.

It seems the great man can manage to play Cairns, Wollongong, and Geelong, but Canberra in its centenary year is a bit much of a hick town.

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Leonard Cohen hates Canberra
dungfungus 10:12 pm 30 Jul 13

johnboy said :

And the buckley version is just vocal gymnastics.

Give me the gravel voice to convey the depth of the song thanks.

It’s a crap song anyhow but the composer does it best as you note.

c_c™ 9:36 pm 30 Jul 13

No doubt Cohen’s a talented poet, but as a singer he is woeful. Abysmal vocal range.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q

That’s not always a problem for a musician though, Mark Knopfler has a very limited, even weak voice, but he’s got the instrumentation to make up for it, Cohen doesn’t have that either.

Buckley’s and KD Langs are the two best versions, they actually have emotion and a strong voice that blends with great instrumentation and pacing.

Androyd 9:36 pm 30 Jul 13

Meh. Covering Hallelujah has become a shortcut for those who want to display faux passion but can’t be arsed to come up with their own.
Mr Cohen has always bored me rigid but I can’t ignore how many people have been to his recent superannuation tour shows and come back saying Best. Show. Ever.

thatsnotme 9:27 pm 30 Jul 13

johnboy said :

And the buckley version is just vocal gymnastics.

You cannot be serious.

poetix 9:12 pm 30 Jul 13

No-one calls Mr Cohen an ‘old chook’. Or rooster.

And at the risk of sounding all Switzerland, both versions of the song are wonderful.

I note he’s playing Wellington; they’re beating us on music as well as cricket!

bundah 8:01 pm 30 Jul 13

johnboy said :

And the buckley version is just vocal gymnastics.

Give me the gravel voice to convey the depth of the song thanks.

There’s a lot of heart in Buckley’s version and his vocal dynamics are superb.

johnboy 7:58 pm 30 Jul 13

And the buckley version is just vocal gymnastics.

Give me the gravel voice to convey the depth of the song thanks.

DrKoresh 7:43 pm 30 Jul 13

bundah said :

For a truly magnificent cover version of Cohen’s song Hallelujah one need go no further than Jeff Buckley..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ

You don’t say? One would have to be living in a cave on the Moon for one not to have heard Jeff Buckley’s cover version. :p

knuckles 7:24 pm 30 Jul 13

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

bundah 7:03 pm 30 Jul 13

For a truly magnificent cover version of Cohen’s song Hallelujah one need go no further than Jeff Buckley..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ

el 7:03 pm 30 Jul 13

It seems the great man can manage to play Cairns, Wollongong, and Geelong, but Canberra in its centenary year is a bit much of a hick town.

I suspect he probably doesn’t have much of an opinion about Canberra either way.

I’d suggest it’s far more likely that the booking agent/s involved want him to put on shows where people will actually bother going to the effort of buying tickets and showing up to see him perform (i.e. pretty much anywhere BUT Canberra.)

bundah 6:34 pm 30 Jul 13

Maybe it’s more a case of Canberra couldn’t be bothered with Leonard.He may have composed some brilliant songs but as for his voice?

rosscoact 12:59 pm 30 Jul 13

Great, I think I’ll go to ADOTG in Geelong. Sweet

mossrocket 11:41 am 30 Jul 13

hallelujah…

Ben_Dover 11:19 am 30 Jul 13

We got a brief glimpse of a tittycarp instead…

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