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Leonard Cohen

Canadian Leonard Cohen is undoubtably one of the greatest lyricists in the history of music - many argue that he is THEgreatest.

It is perhaps not so surprising that Cohen is so highly regarded as a songwriter: he was first a poet and a novelist, publishingfour volumes of poetry and two novels before releasing his debut album, "Songs of Leonard Cohen", at the age of 31 - much,much later than the other singer-songwriters of the 60's (Cohen's birth actually predated that of Elvis Presley by three years).

His debut is the most popular of his albums, but he failed to ...read more

Canadian Leonard Cohen is undoubtably one of the greatest lyricists in the history of music - many argue that he is THEgreatest.

It is perhaps not so surprising that Cohen is so highly regarded as a songwriter: he was first a poet and a novelist, publishingfour volumes of poetry and two novels before releasing his debut album, "Songs of Leonard Cohen", at the age of 31 - much,much later than the other singer-songwriters of the 60's (Cohen's birth actually predated that of Elvis Presley by three years).

His debut is the most popular of his albums, but he failed to capitalise on this with his next album, "Songs From A Room",which was considered too similar to its predecessor. Cohen's work became darker from his third album, "Songs of Love andHate", onwards. Cohen released several albums without much critical attention, but interest was re-sparked by the fact thatCohen was working on an album produced by pop maestro Phil Spector, entitled "Death of a Ladies Man".

"Death of a Ladies Man" was recorded under tumultious conditions; during the recording process, Spector got drunk onkosher wine, held a handgun to Cohen's head and said, "I love you Leonard". Cohen allegedly replied, "I hope you do, Phil". Thealbum was later dismissed by Cohen as "grotesque".

Whereas most folk singer-songwriters move to rock (think Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel), Cohen moved to electro synth-pop withhis 80's album "I'm your man", and followed it up with another synth-heavy offering, "The Future" in 1992. After hits, Cohenjoined a Bhuddist commune in LA for 8 years, before returning to regular society to record 2000's "Ten New Songs". Cohenreleased "Dear Heather", his latest album, in 2004, at the age of 70. « hide

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LPs
Old Ideas
01/31/2012

3.4
65 Votes
Dear Heather
2004

3
34 Votes
Ten New Songs
2001

3.6
39 Votes
The Future
1992

3.6
59 Votes
I'm Your Man
1988

3.7
74 Votes
Various Positions
1984

3.6
37 Votes
Recent Songs
1979

3.2
32 Votes
Death of a Ladies' Man
1977

3.3
29 Votes
New Skin for the Old Ceremony
1974

4
58 Votes
Songs of Love and Hate
1971

4.3
238 Votes
Songs From a Room
1969

4
118 Votes
Songs of Leonard Cohen
1968

4.4
277 Votes
Live Albums
Live in London
2009

3.8
24 Votes
Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979
2001

3.8
6 Votes
Cohen Live
1994

2.5
7 Votes
Live Songs
1973

3.6
14 Votes
Compilations
The Best of Leonard Cohen
1975

4.1
26 Votes

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