Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate
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Release date: 30 November 1969
King of misery returns from monastry with synthesizer.
Even his most optimistic fans could've been forgiven for thinking that they'd heard the last of Leonard Cohen, the most urbanely depressed of rock's elder statesmen. After all, he's just turned 67, hasn't released an album in nine years and, most pertinently, appeared to have found contentment of sorts living as a Buddhist monk in California. Fears of a red wine...
- Oct 16, 2001
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- Last Year's Man
- Dress Rehearsal Rag (Album Verson)
- Diamonds In The Mine
- Love Calls You By Your Name
- Famous Blue Raincoat
- Sing Another Song, Boys
- Joan Of Arc
- Dress Rehearsal Rag
Cohen has lost none of his passion
- Jan 27, 2012
A return of his molasses-thick voice
- Dec 6, 2011
Ah yes, the Spanish festival with guaranteed sun that’s a stone’s throw from the beach. Bliss. Castello De La Plana, Spain (July 17-20)
- Aug 1, 2008
'I've Got A Secret' borrows words from another unreleased song, 'Feels So Good'
Singer changes Leeds and London shows in September as they were were scheduled on days of solemn religious observance
Legendary Canadian singer will play a string of dates in August and September
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love And Hate: Wikipedia Album Entry
It doesn't get darker than this. Though Leonard Cohen had already established himself as the doyen of doom with his first two albums, his third, SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE, finds him kicking off the 1970s with the sharpest repudiation of the '60s peace-and-love/flower-power ethic the world had yet seen from the "sensitive troubadour" corner of the music map. Though it's not really a "concept album," SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE feels like a guided tour through one man's battle-scarred love life. The utter emotional degradation of "Avalanche," the suicidal frenzy of "Dress Rehearsal Rag," and the bitter regret of "Last Year's Man" all sound like stops on the same ill-fated journey. The arrangements are wisely based around Cohen's world-weary voice and hypnotic acoustic-guitar patterns, with occasional orchestrations rising like dark clouds in the background. Possibly Cohen's finest album, LOVE AND HATE would stand as a monument to explorers of the musical Dark Side for decades to come--such as Nick Cave, who memorably covered "Avalanche"--and to anyone nursing a bitter, broken heart.
Personnel: Leonard Cohen (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ron Cornelius (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bubba Fowler (acoustic guitar, banjo, bass instrument); Charlie Daniels (acoustic guitar, fiddle, bass instrument); Bob Johnston (piano); Corlynn Hanney, Susan Mussmano (background vocals).
Rolling Stone (9/2/71, p.43) - "...the record as a whole has not the charm that his first develops after a long while--it is not as likable, because it is frequently down and out depressing..."
Q (p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The record itself is a masterpiece of bitterness and cynicism....The self-lacerating honesty makes it the most fascinating album of his early career."
NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.28) - Ranked #5 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...[His] most vicious, lonely and unforgiving album....Much, much more than the sum of its dark, monumentally crafted parts, and a soundtrack to a generation of bedsit breakups."
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