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The Future [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Christopher Fielder
As with most every Leonard Cohen album, a new record means a new means of musical exploration. With The Future, Cohen adds chiming synthesizers and eerie orchestrations to his brooding anthems about life's darker half. One of the last of Cohen's full-length albums, The Future is definitely one of the most direct. More notable tracks include "The Future" and "Waiting for the Miracle," both of which were featured on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Closer to spoken word poetry set to music than simply songs, the entire album is one long manifesto calling all to challenge the concepts of righteousness and despair in our modern world. Regardless of the music behind ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christopher Fielder
As with most every Leonard Cohen album, a new record means a new means of musical exploration. With The Future, Cohen adds chiming synthesizers and eerie orchestrations to his brooding anthems about life's darker half. One of the last of Cohen's full-length albums, The Future is definitely one of the most direct. More notable tracks include "The Future" and "Waiting for the Miracle," both of which were featured on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Closer to spoken word poetry set to music than simply songs, the entire album is one long manifesto calling all to challenge the concepts of righteousness and despair in our modern world. Regardless of the music behind the man, Cohen still manages to bring to The Future what he brought to his earlier recordings: one man against the world with nothing but a gruff voice and a cause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972369822
  • Catalog Number: 723698
  • Sales rank: 16,693

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Future (6:43)
  2. 2 Waiting for the Miracle (7:43)
  3. 3 Be for Real (4:32)
  4. 4 Closing Time (6:00)
  5. 5 Anthem (6:09)
  6. 6 Democracy (7:14)
  7. 7 Light as the Breeze (7:16)
  8. 8 Always (8:04)
  9. 9 Tacoma Trailer (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Cohen Primary Artist, Violin, Saxophone
Jennifer Warnes Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Strings
Mike Finnigan Organ
Peggi Blu Vocals, Background Vocals
Sid Page Strings
LA Mass Choir Choir, Chorus
Tony Warren Vocals, Background Vocals
Edna Wright Vocals, Background Vocals
Cynthia Bass Choir, Chorus
Bob Blaub Bass
David Campbell Strings, Conductor, Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion, Tambourine
Julie Christensen Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ronald Clark Strings
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Larry Corbett Strings
Jim Cox Piano
Steve Croes Synclavier
LaVan Davis Choir, Chorus
Joel Derouin Strings
Brenda Lee Eager Choir, Chorus
Aladrain Elmore Choir, Chorus
Brandon Fields Tenor Saxophone
James Gadson Drums
Berj Garabedian Strings
Bill Ginn Synclavier, Track Performer
Bob Glaub Bass
Yoav Goren Track Performer
Ed Greene Drums
Dennis Herring Electric Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Jean Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Raven Kane Choir, Chorus
Suzie Kattayama Strings
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Steve Lindsey Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Steve Meador Drums
Bob Metzger Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Weissenborn
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Vocals, Background Vocals
Lon Price Tenor Saxophone
Lee Sklar Bass
Greg Smith Baritone Saxophone
Greg "Frosty" Smith Baritone Saxophone
Donald Taylor Choir Director
Anjani Vocals, Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg Trombone, Trumpet
Carmen Twillie Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Warner Background Vocals, Track Performer
Maxine Willard Waters Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters Choir, Chorus
Perla Batalla Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bob Furgo Violin, Saxophone
Daniel Smith Strings
Thomas Tally Strings
Julia Waters Choir, Chorus
Lashanna Dendy Choir, Chorus
Suzie Katayama Strings
Jacquelyn Gouche-Farris Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Gigi Bailey Choir, Chorus
Sonya Griffin Choir, Chorus
Patricia Finnie Choir, Chorus
Nysa Larry Choir, Chorus
Jeff Fisher Keyboards, Track Performer
David Morgan Vocals, Background Vocals
Peggy Blue Background Vocals
John Barnes Bass, Synthesizer Bass
Donald Ferrone Strings
Raymond Tischer Strings
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Arranger, Programming, Producer
Mike Finnigan Contributor
Tom Winslow Engineer
Airiq Anest Engineer
Ray Blair Engineer
David Campbell Arranger, String Arrangements
Richard Cottrell Engineer
Steve Croes Programming
Rebecca de Mornay Arranger, Producer
Enrico DePaoli Engineer
Bill Ginn Programming, Producer
Yoav Goren Arranger, Programming, Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mark Guilbeault Engineer
Richard Kaplan Engineer
Steve Lindsey Arranger, Producer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Duane Seykora Engineer
Talley Sherwood Engineer
David Shoeber Engineer
Donald Taylor Director
Ian Terry Engineer
Lee Thornburg Horn Arrangements
Leanne Ungar Producer, Engineer
Jennifer Warner Arranger
Ben Wallach Engineer
Chad Blinman Engineer
Jeff Fisher Arranger, Programming
Rob Hart Engineer
Michael Petit Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cohen: The Prophet

    Leonard Cohen is the only sage left. We must seek his advice. That's why listened to this adnosiatom. Like all the great Jewish prophets, Cohen on this album gives humanity a choice through a narrative story. Either we can go totalitarianism, "Give me Stalin and St. Paul/Give me back the Berlin Wall..", the way of The Future. Or we could go the way of the American Dream, "The cradle of the best and worst..." Democracy. That his choice and as we have seen the Godfather of Gloom has predicted what we thought a brave new world turned into a diabolical age of terrorism, rampant global corruption, drugs on the loose, so on. Remember: LC is always first to the crime scene, you just get the details from him and your case is set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A little wild bouquet

    This a really great album, for the music and for the lyrics. And forget the silly review posted by bn.com - the reviewer obviously never listened past the first song. The apocalyptic vision of The Future will shock you into listening properly to the rest of the album, which is much more positive and optimistic, without ever falling into being comforting. A sample: 'Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfet offering / There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in.' Or: 'I'm stubborn as those garbage bags that time cannot decay / I'm junk but I'm still holding out this little wild bouquet.'

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