Saturday, February 25

Songs of Love and Hate - Leonard Cohen (1971)

"Songs of Love and Hate is one of Leonard Cohen's most emotionally intense albums -- which, given the nature of Cohen's body of work, is no small statement. While the title Songs of Love and Hate sums up the album's themes accurately enough, it's hardly as simple as that description might lead you to expect -- in these eight songs, 'love' encompasses the physical ('Last Year's Man'), the emotional ('Famous Blue Raincoat'), and the spiritual ('Joan of Arc'), and the contempt in songs like 'Dress Rehearsal Rag' and 'Avalanche' is the sort of venom that can only come from someone who once cared very deeply. The sound of the album is clean and uncluttered, and for the most part the music stays out of the way of the lyrics, which dominate the songs. ..."
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