“Hallelujah” is a remarkable song. Typically sang in a slow, melancholic melody, the lyrics in the song portray dual themes such as good & bad, love & loss, faith & fear and more that are sure to evoke a stir in your heart.
Beyond its lyrical prowess, the song is also particularly noted for having over 300 versions known. Originally, the song was written by Canadian artist Leonard Cohen for his 1984 album Various Positions. The song did not initially receive popular acclaim, however when it was covered by John Cale, the song gained more success and inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley.
Buckley’s “Hallelujah” cover is the most famous version to date, earning even more critical claim when featured in 2001’s Shrek and inspiring countless more versions of the wistful tune.
Pentatonix, an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, is the latest musical act to create a rendition of the song. What sets this version apart from others is the dynamic of the group: they are comprised of only five vocalists named Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi.
Their music style is known for eloquent harmonies and vocal ranges, vocal percussion and beatboxing, vocal basslines, and vocal riffing. Typical of a cappella nature, their voices are their instruments as this version features no other musical instruments besides the group’s melodic singing.
Check out their unique version of “Hallelujah” below. You won’t be disappointed.
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