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the best of Cohen
on 10 June 2016
Leonard Cohen is an exceptional singer-songwriter, and this album offers 17 of his greatest hits. This is the re-mastered version of the album, from 2009, with a new track listing (as the original version was released in 1975). It covers the period of Cohen's first ten studio albums - from "Songs of Leonard Cohen" (1967) through to "Ten New Songs" (2001). His songwriting is complex and varied, dealing with a range of issues and topics - from love to politics, from sexuality to religion. Often, his songs appear as poetry set against music - and they're wonderful. But more than anything, it's Cohen's distinct voice that makes his music unique. His work has been both commercially and critically successful, and he's a defining contributor to the folk rock genre. If you're new to Cohen, I thoroughly recommend this album. For existing fans, this is an opportunity to gather many of Cohen's best songs on a single CD.
The track listing is as follows: "Suzanne"; "So Long, Marianne"; "Sisters of Mercy"; "Famous Blue Raincoat"; "Everybody Knows"; "Waiting for the Miracle"; "Who by Fire"; "Chelsea Hotel #2"; "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye"; "Bird on the Wire"; "A Thousand Kisses Deep"; "The Future"; "Closing Time"; "Dance Me to the End of Love"; "First We Take Manhattan"; "I'm Your Man"; and "Hallelujah".
While not every 'great' song from Cohen's work is included here, this album presents a good and varied selection. At under £4 (as I review), it's a bargain!