View Poll Results: Who performed the better cover of 'Hallelujah'?

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  • Jeff Buckley

    16 47.06%
  • Rufus Wainwright

    5 14.71%
  • Neither, I prefer the original (or another cover)

    4 11.76%
  • 9 26.47%
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    Buckley or Wainwright?

    So I recently had a rather heated discussion with a friend over Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah.' Namely, whether the cover by Jeff Buckley (from the album Grace) was better than the cover by Rufus Wainwright (on the Shrek soundtrack). I personally prefer Buckley, whereas he prefers Wainwright. A quick poll of those in the musical know at a party revealed that Wainwright was the favourite, something which I was fairly disappointed with. So I ask the general CW public, which is better, Jeff Buckley's version, or Rufus Wainwright's version?
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    Reason #44,226 why you should ditch you're mates.

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    Glad to see I'm not alone. Poll added, too.


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    Easily Buckley. You're a joke, Cameron. This whole damn system is a joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
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    Agreed.

    Buckley's by miles and miles and miles.


    They probably like the Wainright one better because they heard it on shrek and liked it, and either A) only herd buckleys one much later or B) Havent heard it at all.

    Anyone who has Grace knows not only is it a fantastic album and he's a great singer, but hallelujah is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.


    I had a similar argument with a heathen, sorry, a friend..... He was trying to claim that the version of 'Laid' used in American Pie by some yank singer was better than the original James recording. Infact he went on to insist that when we are out its the yanks version thats played not the original. This is dispite the fact that we live in Manchester, the club in question is a throwback to the 'madchester' 90's indie, and James were one of the biggest bands of that movement. Yet he still believed he was right....

    .... Needless to say a quick poll came back with the answer 'shut up you dumb geordie ******************** and come back when you have a clue about music'
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    Buckley, yeah. Quite special voice. Wainwright's done better things than that cover.
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    Buckley. No contest.

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    Buckley by a fair bit for mine. I honestly had no idea it was Wainwright on Shrek; just assumed it was some session singer doing slightly iffy impression of Jeff 'cos they couldn't get the rights to his version.

    LC's original not without its charms, but I have to be in the mood for his voice. Not so much a singer as a rumbler, old Lenny.
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    Sorry folks, it's Wainwright for me. I love Buckley's voice but Wainwright's cover is just special. (and I heard Buckley's first)

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    I really like Rufus's cover of it, better than the Original imo, beautiful song.
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    Buckley - though i heard a live version he did which was pretty terrible the album version is great.
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    I heard Buckley's version on Youtube, and to be fair, I hated it. Rufus > Jeff.

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    Rufus is a fair gun IMO - love his cover of "Across the Universe" as well. I'm happy with either, and thus voted for
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