Definitely an "eye-of-the-beholder" thing.
I found that whole performance to be cliche, plastic, and downright cornball.
For me, her over-the-top, Las Vegas-style performance completely misses the the point of the song.
But that's how we all see things differently, and I'm sure many (most?) will think my opinion of this performance to be crazy.
"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." ~Bradley Millar
I'm afraid I have to agree with SoyMac. Bombastic works with some songs, but this particular one is best with the most basic, minimalist, from-the-heart type arrangements.
That's why people like the Buckley, Cale, and Wainwright versions so much. Though I generally like KD Lang, the versions I've seen of her doing the song have her "stylin'" the non-soaring parts too much, though she sure can soar, can't she?
For the record, my all-time favourite xmas songs are "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, "Coventry Carol," "I Saw Three Ships," "Litte Drummer Boy," "In Dolce Jublio" and "Gaudete."
It's sad, but most North Americans seem to have only ever heard of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Three Ships."
I wondered too about it being a "Christmas" song. I wonder if people are confusing it with the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah?
Possibly, but the song is filled with biblical references.
The first verse directly refers to David's harp playing for King Saul, the second his later affair with Bathsheba (the "bathing on the roof" line), Sampson and Delilah ("she broke your crown and cut your hair") and the third verse refers to "the name" (tetragrammaton), an oblique way of referring to the Hebrew name of God.
And thank you to whoever started this thread, gave me some enjoyable you-tubing today.
That was me, you're welcome. You might want to visit my music blog (link in my sig) over the next few days, as I will be presenting 12 of my favourite unplayed/underappreciated songs of the season, and this was one of them. Tomorrow, we'll look at a Christmas song from the 16th century!