Antony Hegarty’s (of Antony and the Johnsons) cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” may be the most stunning performance from the entire concert that makes up “I’m Your Man,” the wonderful documentary about the legendary singer/songwriter. Keep in mind, the other performers include artists like U2, Rufus Wainwright and Nick Cave (and Leonard, himself) , so it is no minor feat to be the stand out performer.
I think he earns the distinction by a country mile, though, with his spine-tingling vibrato and the tangible pathos that he interjects into the song. There are other unexpectedly great performances throughout the film (Teddy Thompson and the Handsome Family are personal favorites) that makes watching the whole film and owning the soundtrack an absolute must for Cohen fans. And why wouldn’t you be a Cohen fan?
But again, it’s Antony’s show stealing rendition of “If It Be Your Will” that stops me in my tracks. I’ve never had the chance to see him perform live, with or without his band, so for now, this has to do. And that ain’t too bad.