10 best Leonard Cohen covers: Aidin Vaziri | Leonard Cohen is such an amazing songwriter that, at last count, more than 1,500 covers of his tunes were floating in the universe. The only problem is that 99.333 percent of the reinterpretations are awful, as envisaged by everyone from flailing “American Idol” screamers to Bono at his most pompous. So in anticipation of the 74-year-old singer’s arrival in the Bay Area this week for shows at the Paramount Theatre, we’ve narrowed the playlist down to those versions that actually honor Cohen’s wry romantic vision, terminal gloom and hair-raising delivery. Here are the 10 best. Continue reading.