Hallelujah! (Holly Johnson song)

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"Hallelujah (The First Cut Is the Deepest...)"
Single by Holly Johnson
from the album Soulstream
Released 1998
Format 12" single
Genre Dance
Label Pleasuredome
Writer(s) Holly Johnson, Nick Bagnall
Holly Johnson singles chronology
"Love and Hate"
"Disco Heaven"

"Hallelujah" is a promotional single from former Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson, from his 1999 album Soulstream.[1] The single was released as two different 12" vinyl releases, where the first was subtitled "The First Cut Is the Deepest..."[2] and the second subtitled "The Second Cut is the Neatest...".[3] Both releases featured the same artwork. Additionally, the song's title is sometimes written with an exclamation mark to read "Hallelujah!".

It reached the top ten in the Record Mirror Club chart and top fifteen in their Pop Tip chart.[4]

The song was written by Holly Johnson (lyrics and music) and Nick Bagnall (music).[1]

Track listing[edit]

12" Promo Single #1 (The First Cut is the Deepest...)
  1. "Hallelujah! (Soundscapers, Jazzed Up Club Mix)" - 6:52
  2. "Hallelujah! (Eric Kupper, 12" Pump Mix)" - 6:17
  3. "Hallelujah! (Eric Kupper, 12" Pump Mix Dub)" - 6:17
12" Promo Single #2 (The Second Cut is the Neatest...)
  1. "Hallelujah! (Frankie Says... 12" Disco Mix)" - 7:10
  2. "Hallelujah! (Frankie Says... 7" Pop Mix)" - 4:21
  3. "Hallelujah! (Eric Kupper, 12" Pump Mix)" - 6:17
  4. "Hallelujah! (Soundscapers, Jazzed Up Club Mix)" - 6:52

Critical reception[edit]

Jon O'Brien of Allmusic spoke of the song in a review of the Soulstream album, stating "The retro stylings are more forgivable when Johnson's distinctive, powerful vocals and life-affirming lyrics are let loose on the dancefloor, with the infectious camp Euro-disco of "Hallelujah" and "Disco Heaven"."[5]

Upon release of the Soulstream album, a review by The Guardian wrote "The hedonism of the Frankie years now just a glitzy memory, his new philosophy runs something like: "Radiate light, love power, set free your soul." That's from Hallelujah!, whose rather pat optimism resurfaces on The Best Invention and All U Need is Love. The message would resound more profoundly if it were accompanied by some decent tunes, rather than colourless beats-by-the-yard that do nothing for Johnson's reedy voice."[6][7]

Remixes and B-sides[edit]

  • "Hallelujah!" (Soundscapers, Jazzed Up club mix)
  • "Hallelujah!" (Eric Kupper, 12" Pump mix)
  • "Hallelujah!" (Eric Kupper, 12" Pump mix dub)