Friday, June 27, 2008

612. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man (1988)

Track Listing

1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Ain't No Cure For Love
3. Everybody Knows
4. I'm Your Man
5. Take This Waltz
6. Jazz Police
7. I Can't Forget
8. Tower Of Song


So this is the great come back album by Mr. Cohen. Well it certainly is a good one, and it is a rare case where the song are just so good that you are obliged to look over it's quite glaring faults. I'd much rather Cohen would have remained the same guy with the little decorative acoustic guitar and back-up vocals... but no.

Cohen introduced a much synthier sound here, and that does not always work, and one song in the album is just terrible (Jazz Police), but other than that all the tracks are such great songs that you end up loving the album.

The lyrics are of course the best thing here, closely followed by Cohen's voice, and you never really listened to his albums for anything else, unfortunately the back-up can be quite distracting at times, but the songs are so good. Is this a great album or a pretty shitty one? It depends on how much you can overlook the crappy arrangements really, but I go for the first option, the songs are just too good for it to be anything less than a great album.

Track Highlights

1. I'm Your Man
2. Take This Waltz
3. First We Take Manhattan
4. Everybody Knows

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

It was widely considered Cohen's "comeback" album, after the poorly promoted Various Positions in 1984. The album also marked Cohen's further move into modern musical textures, with many songs having a synthpop-style production. I'm Your Man reached #1 in Norway.

The song "Everybody Knows" was one of Cohen's first writing collaborations with Sharon Robinson, who would become a frequent collaborator in the future. Most notably, Robinson co-wrote every song on Cohen's 2001 outing Ten New Songs.

In "Tower of Song", Cohen discusses songwriting and acknowledges the influence of Hank Williams ("a hundred floors above me").

Secretary to the sound of I'm your Man... Not Safe For Work obviously:

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