Nicole Atkins

"Bird on a Wire" (Leonard Cohen cover) (video)

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Nicole Atkins - "Bird on a Wire" (Leonard Cohen cover) (video)
By Alex HudsonWith Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas available now through Columbia Records, his label has curated a new covers project that finds some contemporary songwriters covering their Cohen favourites. As previously reported, the series is called Old Ideas with New Friends, and we're now able to share its latest instalment in the form of "Bird on a Wire" by Nicole Atkins.

The restrained clip finds the New Jersey-born folk artist strumming her guitar and singing while accompanied by a keyboardist in a dimly lit room. The pair keep the waltzing arrangement simple, allowing Cohen's poetry to shine -- as it should.

Stream the video below, and watch other instalments in the Old Ideas with New Friends series here. Old Ideas can be purchased here, and you could also have a chance to win Cohen's complete discography in a contest over at Exclaim!'s Facebook page.

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great performance!
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dam that was sik
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Nicole has THE most wonderfully luscious voice, which can climb and dive with the birds with grace and power. Gorgeous :-)
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great rendition!
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I'm sorry but this girl has no voice, she's forcing emotion through the end of a toothpick.
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someone explain to her that the words are already magical. vibrato does not equal feeling. you ruined the tune!!
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Yep. Sorry Nicole but you're missing it somewhere. Thanks for trying though.
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if you know her work you'd know that she sings with vibrato on all of her songs. thats just the way she sings. i love it.
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wonderful voice!
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What a pale version! Please, leave it to the greatest Monsieur Cohen !
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Bravo Nicole.
Thank you for that.
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Nevermind the haters, Nicole... that was EXCVELLENT!!! Can't wait to see you live!
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very very good
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Prachtig !!!
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