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Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

by Perla Batalla

'Perla lovingly wraps her warm voice around 10 of Cohen's masterpieces to glorious results. For those uninitiated to the glories of the songs of Cohen this is a wonderful introduction. For the rest of us it is simply heavenly'- M. Tearson (Sing Out. Mag)
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1. If It Be Your Will
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2. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
4:21 $0.99
3. Coming Back to You
4:04 $0.99
4. Dance Me to the End of Love
5:23 $0.99
5. So Long Marianne
6:57 $0.99
6. Came So Far for Beauty
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7. Ballad of the Absent Mare
6:16 $0.99
8. Famous Blue Raincoat
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9. Bird On the Wire
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10. Suzanne
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Music Review
By Glen Creason

I consider Maestro Cohen to be one of the greatest songwriters ever.I waited to comment until I had listened to the CD a few times but once I started I could hardly get stopped.
I'll start by saying I just can't say how moved I was hearing two particular songs that I don't really know from Leonard Cohen. I am a might dramatic but when I hear "Coming Back to You" my eyes fill with tears. What an incredible poem and what a perfect performance!!! I just absolutely love hearing Perla's folk side come out and the reverence for the words and crisp diction take this one to another realm. It is so sad and so wise. Secondly, "Ballad of Asbent Mare" which I am ashamed to admit I had NEVER heard before. What I mean is that I might have listened to it but never heard the depth and sweet ache in the heart it brings. Is there a better male singer on planet earth than David Hidalgo? To me this song is a masterpiece. The combination of Perla and David is too much, I think Perla should record an entire album of such. To think that a song about a cowboy could move me like a poem by W.B. Yeats!
"If It Be Your Will" is a hymn, an uplifting spiritual experience in a time where spirituality has been made counterfeit. Dance Me to the End of Love is amazing on two levels. Bill Gable took exactly the right road there, disappearing and reappearing with the lyrics as Perla's waxed and waned.
Every song is wonderful, poetic, rich in emotion and Perla's singing has never been better. Pianist Karen Hammack just absolutely kills on her role in this CD. She was essential to the classy, clean sound of this
work. I also enjoyed the banjo used several places. What can you say about "Bird on a Wire" except that it is undoubtedly one of the greatest love songs ever written. Perla does it justice. Lastly, I just can't get past the opening "Oh Susanna" without blubbering. Eva's voice is so mature now, so pure it kind of scares me. Congratulations to Perla on a fine piece of work, of art.




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Norm Weggeland

Phenominal interpretation of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen is the Songwriter/Poet of the ages & Perla Batalla does a fantastic job of interpreting him. Excellent!!!

Armand Bottani

Fantastic interpretation of the Master!
As an inconditional lover of Leonard Cohen's songs since I was about 10-12 years old (now about 40 more...), I must say that Perla Batalla's interpretations on this CD are superb and respectful of the MASTER. Highly recommended!

Robert Morgan Fisher

Perla rings the bell on song choice, execution, production and soulfulness.
I have every Leonard Cohen album in existence. As a stone-cold disciple of the poet and the songwriter, I have to say this record is just about perfect. Cohen is an artist who, simply by virtue of his being one of the coolest human beings on planet, is the frequent target of tribute albums: Jennifer Warnes' Famous Blue Raincoat, the I'm Your Fan collection ... Perla's record stands solidly alongside those projects. A must-have for any serious Cohen fan. Or even for someone unfamiliar with his work, this CD is a wonderful introduction.

Penny Snelgrove

Perla's gracious style combine with Leonard's lyrics, in a depth of intimacy tha
From the bi/lingual haunt of Dance me to the End of Love, to making Ballad of the Absent Mare sound almost hopeful, we hear the echo of Leonard's lyrics returned to us through the feminine that is Perla.

Bruce Hildebrand

Bird on A Wire
In case Perla might see this...
I'm rich, handsome, talented, charming and available for coffee. All of which are lies except the coffee part.
Bruce Hildebrand

What a voice, what rendentions!
I'm Your Man, the video of a Leonard Cohen contert, introduced me to Perla Batalla. She has a standout voice, but it's the feelingful way she sings Cohen's lyrics that gets to me: I played the cd again and again. Highy recommended.


Perfect voice for Leonard's songs
This is a great CD. Perla's voice is a perfect match for Leonard's songs. Pour a glass of wine, dim the lights, sit down and just listen.


I would go down to the wire for this stunning singer
I couldn't believe what I was hearing.This was a glorious musical experience.


really great interpretation of Leonard Cohen songs
can't stop playin it - took a bit of time to get Leonard Cohen's versions out of my head, but once I'd done that and starting really listening to Perla's versions - her singing and the orchestration - just brilliant


Leonard Cohen music the way it should be done!
Love the selections, especially "Suzanne" and "Bird on the Wire".
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