Ryan Bingham's 'Hallelujah' video: Watch an exclusive premiere on the Music Mix!

ryan-binghamCrazy Heart Oscar winner Ryan Bingham’s new album Junky Star is already an EW-Approved Must List™ Item. Now we’re proud to premiere this video for one of the most gut-wrenchingly beautiful songs on the album, “Hallelujah.”

Bingham’s demolished voice tells the tale of a man shot in a mugging by someone he mistook for a friend. I called it “desperately hopeful” in my review: the narrator is dying, praying for one more chance in life, praying for a chance at angelic redemption, then more or less deciding he’s probably not gonna get either of those things. “Hallelujah,” he sings, “is just a song.” That line kills me. Given the canonical status of a certain Leonard Cohen tune, you may not think you are able to love another song called “Hallelujah,” but that’s what growing up is all about: opening your heart to the world and letting it surprise you. Or something.

This video comes from an acoustic series called “Bingham Bootlegs”; you can watch the first video, “Depression,” here. (He’ll also be performing that tune on Letterman tonight.) Click through the jump for the “Hallelujah” bootleg, check out the full band version on Bingham’s MySpace, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Comments (9 total) Add your comment
  • Tex

    I was in a fragile mental state anyway and that pretty much shredded it. The guy just gets better every album.

  • Robin

    all I can say is “HALLELUJAH” … I love all of Ryan’s music & can hardly wait to see him perform his new stuff “live” ! good luck & best wishes with the release of “Junky Star” -

  • Zach

    I first saw Ryan last year at Coachella. I’ve been a fan ever since and have followed whenever he comes into LA. He puts on the best show. He sounds exactly like his album and is so appreciative of his fans. Last week he had a pre-album release party for his fans in LA. About 100 peeps if that, and he played his new album all the way through, took a break, and then continued to another hour playing crowd favorites. He and his band are amazing.

  • Bull Dunham

    Bingham, I am glad to call you my friend…Keep up the great work, I’ll see you when I get back from Iraq

  • Ken McClain

    Love The New Music!!!!!!

  • LK

    Great music, Ryan.

  • Nathan Garr

    Outstanding, you are truly an inspiration Ryan! I just saw Ryan and the Dead Horses here in Boise ID and was stoked to hear this song in his set.

  • Kim Walker

    Wow, This song brings chills to my spine.. Great voice! Inspirational!!

  • Scout

    What an awesome way to explain this-now I know eyverthnig!

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