Sara Phillips – Hallelujah
A fitting tribute to the late Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah is one of those songs that has been covered so many times and in so many different ways. Let us not overlook the seminal version that was performed by Jeff Buckley, a star who shone so bright only to be taken from this world at far too young an age.
Sara Phillips’ version is calm and collected – certainly not one of those ones that fire off on all cylinders with distracting showiness (we’re looking at you, Alexandra Burke) – but rather, here we are treated to a much more considered rendition that allows the song to breathe. Phillips’ vocal is airy and calming, which allows the words of the song to truly ring and resonate, offering the chance for its spectacular poetry to be inhabited and investigated with depth and on its own terms. While she certainly manages to make the song her own, she never tries to rob it for her own advantage, and as a result what we are given is a moment of harmony on a number of levels. As we reach the end of 2016, a year of much bad news and the loss of so many talented artists including Cohen himself, this rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ offers a moment of much needed balm.