Good Cover Version: Feist Does Leonard Cohen

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

I'm such an emotional masochist that I'll listen to Leonard Cohen on repeat for hours, just because. And I know I'm not the only one. It brings me great joy to hear a good cover of a classic Cohen song, and many noteworthy folks have given that very challenge the old college try. 

Most recently, Feist has taken on the daunting task of making the heart-wrenching heaven of "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" sound Feist-ian. With a refreshing simplicity, she captures the naked honesty and truths of Cohen's lyrics, her voice breathing new life into the words of the fallen poet's. The misty gray morning delicacy of Feist's voice on this cover is both ethereal and earthbound, and does justice indeed to this treasured song. You'll probably want to buy this one.       

[posted 11.3.17]


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