Dear Heather

Dear Heather

by Leonard Cohen

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Overview

Dear Heather

Leonard Cohen's Dear Heather is full of poetry, weighty themes, and lighthearted humor. Unlike some of his more slickly produced later work, Dear Heather has a light and spacious touch. Cohen still contrasts his gruff vocals with sweet-voiced women -- sometimes massed in choruses, often just either of his longtime collaborators Anjani Thomas and Sharon Robinson -- and the songs are more likely to rely on keyboards than the acoustic guitars of his classic recordings from the '60s. First, the poetry: Cohen turns Lord Byron's poem "So We'll Go No More A-Roving" into a sexy slow jam and recites Frank Scott's "Villanelle for Our Time," gradually adding an improvisatory piano backing; then, by changing his inflections and adding Thomas's heavenly backing vocals, he turns it into a song. Cohen still takes his role as elder sage seriously: "On That Day" is his 9/11 opus, but it's a brief one at just over two minutes (most of these songs are brief), and "To a Teacher" and "The Faith" rely on biblical allusions and provocative rhetorical questions. But Cohen's sense of humor is more prominent than ever on Dear Heather. In "Because Of," he notes, "Because of a few songs wherein I spoke of their mysteries / women have been exceptionally kind to my old age," and delightful comic touches are imparted by his Jew's harp in "Nightingale" and his carefully enunciated diction in the title track. Dear Heather shows that this elder statesman still has some new tricks up his elegantly disheveled sleeves.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969289129
catalogNumber: 92891
Rank: 4473

Tracks

  1. Go No More A-Roving
  2. Because Of
  3. The Letters
  4. Undertow
  5. Morning Glory
  6. On That Day
  7. Villanelle For Our Time
  8. There For You
  9. Dear Heather
  10. Nightingale
  11. To A Teacher
  12. The Faith
  13. Tennessee Waltz

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Jew's Harp,Vocals
Bob Sheppard   Tenor Saxophone
Mitch Watkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Bilezikjian   Oud
Roscoe Beck   Bass
Richard Crooks   Drums
John Crowder   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Friday   Drums
Ron Getman   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bill Ginn   Piano
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Paul Ostermayer   Flute
Anjani   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Raffi Hakopian   Violin
Sarah Kramer   Trumpet
Stan Sargeant   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sharon Robinson   Vocals,Various

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Arranger,Composer,Drawing
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Ed Sanders   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Scott   Composer
Anjani   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Leanne Ungar   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Byron   Composer
Sharon Robinson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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