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|Leonard Cohen||Primary Artist|
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|Phil Spector||Producer, Audio Production|
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Posted October 1, 2010
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There was a British sitcom called "The Young Ones" and one of the characters, a depressed hippie named Neil once remarked, "I would say something right now but it wouldn't do any good because nobody every listens to me anyway. I might as well be a Leonard Cohen record!"
While it's true that Leonard Cohen's albums haven't sold all that much, his talent and his influence has now become undeniable. If people wonder where alternative rock performers like Morrissey, Hope Sandoval and The Jesus & Mary Chain got some of their inspiration from, they can look straight to Leonard Cohen. The Canadian-bred singer-songwriter originally wanted to be just a poet. Yet, his songs can be considered poetry. Nearly all of his songs deal with lost love, missed opporutnities and even death. Compared to the beginning of his career, Cohen's voice has become deeper, almost Barry White deep, you might say. But would White ever do a song about terrorism like "First We Take Manhattan"? Or "A Singer Must Die"?
For those coming late to discover Cohen's talent, "The Essential Leonard Cohen" is an excellent place to start. It covers every aspect of his career, including when he was almost pidgeonholed into being a folksinger on songs like "Suzanne" and "That's No Way To Say Goodbye". There are a few songs that are now familiar to people since they have been included in a number of movies, such as "Hallelujah" (in the movie "Shrek") and "Waiting For A Miracle" (in the movie "Natural Born Killers"). There is also a 3.0 version of this collection that features a third disc of worthy material, including "Death Of A Ladies' Man", Cohen's aborted sessions with producer Phil Spector, which sounds unusually like a Pink Floyd song. The 3.0 version is worth having just to hear that.
True, Cohen's subject matter, which is rife with sadness, is not for everyone. Yet, you listen to any Cohen song and you know right away that it's him and only him. How many singers today are capable of doing that?
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