Like A Man CD
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The son of the legendary Leonard Cohen, all his life Adam had sought an artistic space beyond the reach of his father s looming shadow. But in January 2007, at the age of 34, Adam Cohen owned up to his legacy. After years of declining to sing in public so much as a single note written by his father or to participate in any tribute, on stage in Barcelona, Adam sang Leonard s classic song Take This Waltz in Spanish. Intimate, romantic yet shrewdly reflective, Adam s songs on Like A Man evoke something of his father just as in any child you can discern the echo of the parent. But there is Adam s own unique and distinct voice and perspective too a plain-speaking style freighted with disarming candour. Like A Man is steeped in my recognizing that I am in the family business. Despite my efforts to carve out a different identity, really I belong to a long line of people who have embraced their father s business. And to have my father pronounce that I have world-class love songs on my record Like A Man and What Other Guy is a deeply gratifying compliment. Born in Montreal, Canada in 1972 to Leonard Cohen and his then-wife Suzanne Elrod, Adam has been a musician ever since he could walk, always banging on teacups and the backs of chairs, stomping my foot and trying to whistle . A home full of instruments encouraged Adam s unabashed musical fearlessness and, though only formally tutored on violin, he taught himself to play drums, piano and guitar moderately well . Adam grew up immersed in Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman and Bob Marley albums, unless I was hanging out with my dad when the turntable skewed more to Hank Williams, or, with my mother, to Marvin Gaye. Adam is not alone as a musician both helped and burdened by the legacy of legendary parents. I've spent time with Jakob Dylan and Sean Lennon. Chris Stills and I have long been close friends, and Rufus Wainwright is now part of my family he fathered my sister s child. I can assure you there is no secret handshake in the sons of club. Yes, we all inherited good names, and possibly even some talent. But when you're in a room alone, your last name is not writing songs for you or making good decisions for you. Stronger than your last name is your personal ability and strength to forge your own voice. Rufus, for example, really found his voice early. I came to mine embarrassingly late. .
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Sat at home on a peaceful Sunday evening I pressed play and let the opening track fill the air sounding very much like Nick Drake. The guitars and the strings. Sometime later I'd listened to the album all the way through, three or four times. It was one of those albums. Beautiful.
"What Other Guy" is typical of the lyrical and musical content of this album, but also of Adam's voice. But it's an album (and not just a couple of singles with some filler) and you really do feel the need to play it from start to finish. A welcome surprise discovery for me, and it can be for you.
It reminds me a little of Lloyd Cole, Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley. But his voice is unique and the feel of the album is his own.
I'd thoroughly recommend it.
Top tip though, listen to it at home on a good stereo with little background noise. It really doesn't work in the car at 70mph!
Not that this is a bad album by any means. "What other guy" is a good song, and so is the title song. "Sweet Dominique" and "Matchbox" are quite charming. Many of the others are fine to listen to a few times, but I do not feel the need to keep playing them. The little booklet inside contains only the necessary product information, no lyrics or interesting notes.
Hopefully this album will do well. Maybe I'm just too old to really appreciate the work of the younger Cohen. He's got the talent, I'm sure as time goes by he will get well-known and much-loved all over the world.
Like A Man is romantic, sexy, passionate, sensitive, observant and I find that one playing is never enough! The lyrics are not as poetic and mysterious or allegorical as Leonard's, but then Adam isn't Leonard! A few Leonard Cohen purists can't find space in their hearts for Adam, but a lot of us do....we recognise the accent, we love the melodic voice, we appreciate the charm and graciousness of his style, which he may owe to his father, and we are going to the gigs, and loving this CD.It is definitely wonderful appealing listening.
giant among giants and it is in many ways impossible to think about
one without consideration for the other but this need not trouble us.
Adam Cohen has more than enough talent as a singer/songwriter to
stand steady on his own two feet and face the listening multitude.
'Like A Man' is a lovely album; a recording to be truly proud of.
There are ten songs in the collection; the mood is low-key and
reflective. Mr Cohen's voice lacks the rough edges of his progenitor;
it is a mellifluous instrument, dark brown and very mellow in tone;
a voice to ease us towards slumber on long, cold winter evenings.
The arrangements are sympathetic and uncluttered; the backing vocals
well-organised and soulful, which allows Mr Cohen to stand forward in
the mix and shine securely. All-in-all the project is a real pleasure.
Although he barely breaks a sweat throughout we are left with the
impression of an artist fully in command of his not inconsiderable gift.
The album opens with a beautiful number, 'Out Of Bed'; a sleepy song
with an enchanting melody and words which partly belie the feelings
he is trying to communicate; a curious admixture of love and longing.
The economical use of strings adds to the mood of ambiguous emotion.
'Matchbox', too, plods along gently in its own time, delivering some
wistful but acute observations about the nature of a new romance.
The title track, 'Like A Man', is a real highlight; a grown-up story
in which Mr Cohen considers his own reflection in life's mirror and
concludes that, among his kind, he may, indeed, be worth knowing!
The bitter-sweet lyrics of 'What Other Guy' make it yet another strong
contender for top track. The double-bass, organ and guitar accompaniment
frames one of our host's finest and most laconic vocal performances.
The spirit of Paul Simon seems to be smiling quietly in the wings during
the enchanting 'Girls These Days' and and in 'Overrated' Mr Cohen decides
that love may be worthwhile after-all despite the many risks involved!
Final track 'Stranger' will strike a chord with anyone who has tasted loneliness.
Mr Cohen needn't worry about his old man. There's more than enough talent
on offer here for us to know that walking in your father's footsteps
need not be an encumbrance to making one's own way forward in the world.
If I hadn't hesrd his first album, I know I would love this, but this album isn't anywhere near as deep lyrically as the first and I felt disappointed. I love 'What other Guy', 'Girls these days' and 'Like a Man' but the others just don't do anything for me. I don't feel much in the way of emotions when I listen to this album. I'm glad he;s obviously happier than when he wrote the first album, but I can't love this as much as I want to. It feels shallow in comparison.
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