Album #114 – Songs of Leonard Cohen

Album #114

Finally, the first album on the list by a Canadian!!!! I have always loved Leonard Cohen. He is regarded as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. He was a poet and writer before he started his long music career. He claims he got into music to get girls. But, Cohen has stayed in the music business for more than that and he has had a great and long career that continues today. This is his debut album and it is nothing like what was being made musically in the 1960’s. There are no drums and electric guitars. Instead, there are strings, acoustic and flamenco guitars and other traditional instruments. This was seen by many as a reaction to the musical styles of the late 60’s folk music. Cohen does not have the greatest singing voice in the world but he does write amazing lyrics and his voice goes well with them and it fits rhythmically within the songs off this album. There are many famous Cohen songs on this album. Among them is Suzanne about a half-crazy woman who lives in Montreal. Other favourites are: Sisters of Mercy, Master Song, So Long, Marianne and Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye. Cohen is largely forgotten in the U.S. but in Canada and Europe, he is still performing to sell out crowds and his music has done very well in record stores. His recent tour and the accompanying live album and DVD Live In London show that Cohen still has a stage presence and can command an audience. Cohen makes me proud to be a Canadian. His songwriting shows just how artistic a nation we are. Canadians are diverse, but are very talented and creative people. Canadians have this way of clearly capturing their surroundings in stories and song. This album proves that. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.

Next: At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash

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