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Monday, March 10, 2008

How to Make a Doubter Cry



This song has gained a lot of attention this week due to American Idol. The kid who sang it is undeniably easy on the eyes, but I wanted to hear it done by someone with some real vocal chops.

The Jeff Buckley version for me, was just "meh". Same with Rufus Wainwright. Don't shoot me, but I find both their voices a little whiny and nasal. Alison Crowe's version is beautiful, but a little over the top. The beauty of this song is it's purity and simplicity (though it is a complicated piece musically and vocally). Leonard Cohen's version is interesting. His voice is like a warm blanket.

But this....wow. K.D., baby...thanks.


(Pardon the meagre offering today. I am on the tail end of a three day migraine.)

28 Comments:

  • At 9:09 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    I really like John Cale's version from the movie Basquiat. It's not as "look at every note I can hit" as Jeff Buckley's, and Rufus's is awful.

     
  • At 9:15 AM, Blogger Mitzi Green said…

    she is, in my opinion, the epitome of a perfect vocalist. every note that comes out of her mouth is pure. i want to BE her.

     
  • At 11:57 AM, Blogger crazymumma said…

    You would love the John Cale version as Kathy mentioned.

    This version by KD has always given me chills. Listen to her version of Neil Young's Helpless as well.

    Saw her in concert forever ago before she became big, she was a skinny little cowpunk back then.

     
  • At 11:57 AM, Blogger crazymumma said…

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  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger Jozet at Halushki said…

    I like the Rufus version, only because the k.d. version was in-store play last year. I think I over heard it, unfortunately.

    I do love this song.

    However, I think a 5-year moratorium on covering it should be declared. It's hard to do well, and every version begs comparison.

    That said, I do love my k.d.lang.

    Hope your migraine is easing.

     
  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger Amy Y said…

    I've only ever heard Rufus...
    But I love the song!

    Hope the migraine is gone soon, Mama.

     
  • At 12:59 PM, Blogger Natalie said…

    I love that song, every version of it. However, my favorite was one sung by this guy we called Princess in college. He did it at a cabaret performance and it has never been touched since. One thing I love about this song is everyone sings different lyrics.

     
  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger mamatulip said…

    Hope the migraine is gone by now.

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger flutter said…

    That is, hands down, one of my favorite songs, ever.

    Now, go put some ice on your neck and close your eyes.

     
  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said…

    Nobody sings like k.d. lang. I think heaven sounds like her singing. But I like the Jeff Buckley version. The kid on Idol, however? Worse than meh.

    Hope your noggin feels a bit better today!

     
  • At 7:11 PM, Blogger Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said…

    Hell. Yes.

     
  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger Antique Mommy said…

    KD does an awesome job with this song.

     
  • At 10:34 PM, Blogger Angela said…

    Hope your head feels better soon

     
  • At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Get thee an rx for Imitrex

     
  • At 8:15 AM, Blogger anne said…

    Ok, I searched the AI performance (since I don't have TV). No. I mean, it was ok and God love him for picking that song but...

    K.D., on the other hand, does this nicely. And, I have to admit, I like Rufus and Jeff as well.

     
  • At 8:40 AM, Blogger Avalon said…

    I have seen both Rufus and kd perform this song live. They were both amazing.

     
  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger Tracey said…

    Oh, I LOVE Jeff Buckley... His voice is tragically beautiful to me...

    KD sang it incredibly. She has a voice with volume.

     
  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger Tracey said…

    Oh, I LOVE Jeff Buckley... His voice is tragically beautiful to me...

    KD sang it incredibly. She has a voice with volume.

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Sandra said…

    I bow down to KD. She owns it.

    And you ... hope your migraine is gone soon.

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Sandra said…

    I bow down to KD. She owns it.

    And you ... hope your migraine is gone soon.

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Sandra said…

    I bow down to KD. She owns it.

    And you ... hope your migraine is gone soon.

     
  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Mad Hatter said…

    Dang. I have a post about this very thing sitting half composed. I had planned to get it out tonight. Maybe I still will.

     
  • At 8:59 PM, Blogger AA said…

    I love that song and have always liked KD.

    She is so masculine looking and that song is so powerful when she sings it that it makes me want to become a lesbian just so I can marry her! Oh wait, not yet in our country. (It doesn't count if it doesn't count in every state.)

     
  • At 9:15 PM, Blogger Rositta said…

    I have never been much of a KD Lang fan but I will admit that she does an amazing job with this song. Her vocals are awesome...ciao

     
  • At 11:42 PM, Blogger jen said…

    you and Mad today. wow.

    sorry about your head, love.

     
  • At 4:22 AM, Blogger Jenn said…

    One of my favorite songs, ever.

    The lyrics break my heart over and over again.

    I don't watch Idol, but am cringing at just the thought of one of them performing it.

     
  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Tela said…

    I'm seriously loving this version. Thanks for exposing me to it.

    Now I have to say, what in the hell does she have on?

     
  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Bri said…

    Brandi Carlile also does a version live that brought me to tears when I heard it. K.D.'s version is lovely, too.

     

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