Songs of Love and Hate is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971, through Columbia Records.Wikipedia
god this is dreary. someone should introduce this guy to some Sponge Bob.
What a voice, what a poet. Famous Blue Raincoat is a melancholy masterpiece - it doesn't matter how many times it is played.
Probably stomached enough of Leonard by this point. If this was a footballer, it'd be Phil Neville.
Don't even need to stick this on to know it's a five. More if it was allowed. Not even his best album, but still holds many moments of transcendent beauty.
Unquestionably a masterpiece. My favorite of Cohen’s albums. This is what Bob Dylan wishes he sounded like
“Songs of Love and Hate” by Leonard Cohen (1971) I recommend that you don’t play this album as background music while you’re working. This album should be listed to on a cold and/or rainy day, wrapped in a blanket and drinking herbal tea—staring out the window. I’ve never listened to this album before, although I’ve long respected Cohen’s work, chiefly his more popular works like “Suzanne”, “The Future”, “First We Take Manhattan”, and “Democracy”. This album does not disappoint. Cohen is a poet and a prophet (in that order). His genius in this album is found in the dark musical and lyrical moods which he crafts with an entrancingly low baritone voice and skillful acoustic guitar stylings. His production team has found the perfect combination of echo and reverb to accentuate his unique vocal style. Cohen strugglers with pitch control, but more than compensates with sonority. His backing instrumentals and vocals are first-rate (including, I was pleased to learn, Charlie Daniels on bass and fiddle). But the focus here is on the lyrics. The listener is compelled to think about each line, and Cohen’s slow tempo and metrical space provide opportunity for this. The word pictures are evocative, prompting his audience to enter into the narrative as a front row observer, if not a participant. The symbolism is rich and imaginative, if not always decipherable, and finely tuned to the overall theme and mood of each composition. I recommend “Avalanche” and “Joan of Arc” for a serious listen. In his lyrics, he frequently makes reference to historical, literary, and cultural markers in order to serve his poetic expressions, revealing an intellectual engagement with the human drama that is as deep and sonorous as his voice. The lyrics of “Avalanche” would stand alone as poetry, inviting the hearer to consider how his or her physical imperfections affect one who has pity. He writes this poetic monologue in such a way that virtually everyone can relate to both sides of a pointedly touching encounter. The line “You must learn what makes me kind.” is hortatory without being preachy. I’d love to lie on the couch in his office. “Joan of Arc” is a wonderfully inventive love ballad imagined between St. Joan of Arc and the fire that consumed her as she was executed by being burned at the stake. It plays on the theme of ‘love as a flame’, with echoes of St. John of the Cross “The Dark Night”, stanza 3, and “The Living Flame of Love”: “¡Oh llama de amor viva! . . . Matando, muerte en vida la has trocado.” The serious listener will make a penetrating if tearful comparison with Loreena McKennitt’s “Dark Night of the Soul”: “The fire ‘twas led me on . . “ I need a break. Anyway, this album is very good. If you’re interested in digging deeply into your soul, Leonard Cohen is standing there with two shovels. And a match. 4/5
This was absolutely hauntingly gorgeous. Cohen's voice is incredibly emotive, and the often bare-bones instrumentation really brought that out.
A masterpiece. Lyrical poems, and what a voice.
FIVE Solid stars. Always a favorite of mine.
5/5. Big Leonard Cohen fan! Always great to see his albums on this list. Best songs: Avalanche, Joan of Arc, Dress Rehearsal Rag, Love Call You By Your Name, Diamond in the Mine,
A personal favorite.
I really like poetry despite not knowing what it means most of the time. I just think word soup is cool. This album is no exception.
Wonderfully mellow guitar sound and Leonard perfectly front and centre without being obtrusive. Genuinely poetic. So many simple but subtle production details with backing instruments and vocals.
Leonard's lyrics have always been the best of the best but, except for the album Phil Spector produced, the instrumentation on his LPs before Various Positions was rudimentary. While some of this is due to his music drifting away from pure folk in later years, I expect another reason is that Hallelujah brought him money so he could afford more studio time to add more layers to the sound. Joan of Arc, my favourite song on the album, is an excellent example. You can see how the song evolved by comparing the album version and the version on his 1994 LIVE album. Avalanche is a haunting song and the instrumentation doesn't need to evolve one inch. It's my favourite song on the album. Leonard plays the classical guitar. His guitar playing is underrated and he was somehow able to play this and sing at the same time when they played this live. Last Year's Man is another gem lyrically. It's also my favourite song on the album. I like how the children's choir is brought in to sing back up but just for the sixth minute of the song. I guess they didn't have any more rehearsal time lol. The children make another cameo in the last quarter of Dress Rehearsal Rag. Side 2 has Famous Blue Raincoat which is definitely definitely definitely my favourite song on the album. The songs that I didn't mention as my favourite are also quite good. Esp Dress Rehearsal Rag, Diamonds in the Mine, and Sing Another Song Boys.--
The first time I've heard this for the astonishing work it is. I can't believe it's taken this long. Maybe I was on too much of a Cohen bender first time around, or I didn't have a wide broad enough frame of reference. In a way, it's Cohen at his most rock and roll. Spiritually and emotionally it's raw, aggressive, even violent. The guitar picking--which for all the world should sound delicate, even timid--is somehow muscular. It's got *ass*. As for the imagery: "That's a funeral in the mirror and it's stopping at your face."
I don’t think I’ll ever understand the appeal of Cohen.
I would have bet a fool’s seventh gonad that I would enjoy this, but it was pretty bland and annoying
No Leonard Cohen
Great for listening to when you've had a heavy night on the crack pipe
Wow this was a nice surprise
Наконец сразу сразу веет лёгкое дуновение того, что слушаешь что-то подлинно охуенное. Лаконичные атмосферные аранжировки, харизматичный вокал. Вероятно, и тексты дохуя умные, жаль, не понимаю, а читать лень. Вероятно, именно в этом альбоме были подняты темы, что позже получат развитие в альбоме Фэйса "Hate Love", который я также ожидаю увидеть в рамках изучаемого нами списка. По звучанию альбом напоминает лёгкие "неосновные" треки Pink Floyd в альбомах The Wall и The Final Cut. В Diamonds in the Mine вокальная партия интересная, почти что протопанк. Самого напрягает, что ставлю одни тройки и четвёрки. В Famous Blue Raincoat нехило залип, можно уже за неё пятёру ёбнуть.
На ютубе есть такой музблоггер, Руди Аюб. У него был скетч про то, как играть музыку «с чувством», в конце которого его просто заставляют брать одну ноту и плакать на протяжении всей песни. Это, в принципе, описывает моё отношение ко многим музыкальным попыткам в «душевность». Но здесь ситуация повернулась совсем по-иному. Иногда действительно достаточно только акустической гитары, немного струнных, немного пианинки, немного бэков и полного боли голоса. При абсолютной «немузыкальности» подобного направления иногда оно достигает своей цели — передать сырые, живые эмоции и погрузить слушателя в густую прокуренную атмосферу. Каждая песня выросла во мне с повторными прослушиваниям, создавая этакий мрачный вязкий бэкграунд для углубления в свои мысли. Иногда даже появлялись ассоциации с более поздним периодом творчества Скотта Волкера, что, без сомнения, один из лучших комплиментов для музыканта. Особенно хочется отметить Sing Another Song Boys — концовка просто невероятно волшебная и эмоциональная. Ну и, конечно, Dress Rehearsal Rag — беспросветная суицидальная сюита, отдающая вайбом самых тёмных летовских песен. Ну и интересные гитарные пассажи в Avalanche и Love Calls You By Your Name сразу привлекают внимание. В целом Песни любви и ненависти идут в коллекцию альбомов, к которым я возвращаюсь редко, но когда возвращаюсь — получаю несравнимый балдеж. 5/5
A drunken affair
Kolejny folkowy album o ktorego pojeciu bym pewnie nigdy sie nie dowiedzial, gdyby nie listowe losowanko, songs of love and hate to trzeci w bogatej dyskografii, bo az 15 studyjnych nagran, album Leonarda Cohena, ktory tworzy swoje ballady po angielsku, jak na kanadyjczyka przystalo, jednoczesnie nie brzmi on w ogole jak kanadyjczyk, nie chodzi mi o uzywany jezyk, czy wymowe, ale o kontent tworzonej muyzki, bo ostatnio tyle nawiazan biblijnych w tekstach slyszalem u Dylana, a nie wydaje mi sie zebym mijal sie z prawda okreslajac Cohena kanadyjskim Dylanem po przesluchaniu tego materialu, bo tak napakowanych kontentem lirycznych tekstow ciezko szukac u kogokolwiek innego, dlatego takiej plyty nie da sie przesluchac raz i o niej zapomniec, bo zawsze znajdzie sie inne spojrzenie na sluchany kawalek w zaleznosci od posiadanej wiedzy lub materialow pomocniczych, bo genius jest tutaj dobrym wsparciem dajacym drogowskazy w ktora strone mozna ciagnac interpretacje, tytul dobrze oddaje zawartosc ktora mozna znalezc w srodku, sa piosenki o dwoch bliskich sobie uczuciach milosci i nienawisci, nie tak oczywistej jak na wyjcach panterowych, ale o nienawisci czy tez milosci do samego siebie, swoich slabosci, opowiadanych podczas kontemplacji golenia, ktore jest zaproszeniem do slaszowania swietego mikolaja po kablach, a to tylko jeden osmiu kawalkow, wsrod ktorych brak jakichkolwiek zapychaczy, po zwikowaniu pana Cohena troche sie wyjasnilo skad tak mocno odcisniete sa tutaj motywy biblijne, pomimo obywatelstwa kanadyjskiego jego przodkowie maja mocno litewsko zydowskie korzenie, na tyle mocne zeby byc jednym z ojcow zalozycieli kanadyjskiej rady zydow, wiec czuc tutaj mocny wplyw wychowania wsrod ortodyksyjnego judaizmu, co do strony instrumentalnej plyty, to jak przystalo na muzyke folkowa dominuje akustyk Cohena, na kolejnym planie najmocniejszymi akcentami jest pianino Johnstona, ktory byl takze odpowiedzialy za produkcje materialu, a jest to ta sama osoba ktora nagrywala z Dylanem, Byrdsami, czy chcby ostatnimi Waterboysami, kolejny raz zrobil on swietna robote, bo album oszczednie uzywa zasosbow instrumentalnych, jednoczesnie nie jest ani surowy, ani nie odciaga uwagi od glownego dania plyty czyli kontentu lirycznego, skoro muzyka rokowo folkowa jak u dylana, to nie moglo zabraknac akcentow harpy ustnej, czy okazjonalnego banjo, no i traka z elektrykiem, trzeba jeszcze wspomniec o backujacych wokalach, ktore dobrze zostaly wplecione na produkcji, wiec jesli wokal Cohena leci na obu kanalach, tak zza jednego mozna uslyszec backujace szepty lub nawet cale chorki, w tym jeden dzieciecy chor, wszystko jest, wsrod 8 kawalkow znajdzie sie takze jeden zapisy wystepu live, to jest sing another song, boys, bedacy przedostatnim trakiem, dodajac na plejke kawalki ktore musialy sie tam znalezc dodalem polowe plyty, numery 1, 3, 4, 8, jak na 44 minuty materialu, czyli dosc standardowo album na dwie strony vinylaka to chyba plyta ktora ktora mozna sluchac calkowicie wyrywkowo, a i tak bedzie sluchalna, a jednoczesnie stanowi przemyslana kompozycje biegnaca jak wykres oscylografu z swoimi lowami i nastepujacymi po nich downami, no i jest to kolejny swietny argument za teza, ze narod zydowski wydaje na swiat najlepszych bardow naszych czasow
Love Leonard. 5/5
I know a lot of Leonard Cohen's greatest hits. But I will admit to not being so familiar with his complete discography. This early album gave a real insight as to where Leonard came from as an artist. A very enjoyable listen. Will be adding it to the regular rotation.
This was such a pleasure to listen to today. Cohen is on the list of artists like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits who I had to age into. I appreciate him in a way that was never possible before. I have a two-disc Leonard Cohen Essentials CD but haven't ever listened to any of his studio albums. So glad to be doing it now. The guitar work is exquisite, the lyrics emotionally deep. The chorus of children's voices is particularly effective but not overused. I favorited every track.
Leonard Cohen was someone I was hoping and expecting to listen to in this project. I have always wanted to explore his earlier music. I had owned a 1991 tribute album which was how some of his songs were most familiar to me. My favorite song from that compilation was “Avalanche,” sung in French by Jean-Louis Murat. I played it a lot. It sent chills to hear Leonard Cohen’s version with its classical guitar sound and his resonant voice opening this album. I wish I knew why I am so seized by that song. And the rest of the album seized me, for that matter. I walked into work late just to finish a song first. “Famous Blue Raincoat” completely pulled me out of the world and took hold of my heart. This album makes me really, really feel; like I’m plugged in to something beyond myself while I listen.
Haunting. Not something I want to hear regularly but I understand his appeal and influence now.
Yet another perfect album. Like many others I became aware of Leonard Cohen through the movie Pump Up the Volume and Nick Cave. I though this album was a compilation at first as it has a number of my favourite Cohen songs on it
Well, I stepped into an avalanche, it covered up my soul … Four o’clock in the afternoon, And I didn’t feel like very much … I thought you were a racing man, Ah but you couldn’t stand the pace, That’s a funeral in the mirror, And it’s stopping at your face … And you passed the summers, Picking all of the berries that grew there It’s four in the morning, The end of December, I’m writing you now, just to see if you’re better … Ah, the last time we saw you, You looked so much older, Your famous blue raincoat, was torn at the shoulder …
Great storyteller. Kind of have to listen to words, not just jam to music. Low 5
What an incredible album. Cohen at his darkest and with some of his greatest songwriting (which is saying a lot). One of the best singer-songwriter albums of all time
Excellent - a personal; favourite
Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
Downbeat, sparse, that voice...a classic, best listened to at 3am after a fair amount of Old Fashioneds. Avalanche and Famous Blue Raincoat are highlights but everything is just pure quality.
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Vraiment un classique intemporel, texte et musique, un chef d’oeuvre 5
I love you, Leonard. I hope you're fairing well.
The perfect album to begin a heroin addiction to.
I've never listened to this album by Leonard Cohen before. It's a beautiful experience. Very raw.
Not my favourite album of his, but he is one of my favourite artists and this album contains my favourite song of all time 'Famous Blue Raincoat'
Christ, bad choice of day for this. Been dealing with the emotional fallout of a former colleague being a serial sexual harasser, followed by talking about how to address the horrible effects of inequality of children's services, and trying to find affordable solutions when our government gives no f***s and pennies (I have a weird job). Then I think, well that was harrowing, I'm going to listen to my album to cheer up and it's... Leonard Cohen. It is incredibly depressing. But brilliantly so. Famous Blue Raincoat and Dress Rehearsal Rag especially so. Lyrically brilliant, use of a children's choir. He's also hilarious if your humour skews dark. Can't fault this album.
I had never listened to Cohen before this list. And honestly he has quickly become on of my favorites from this list. So far this one seems like his best work I've heard yet.
5.0 + The most emotionally intense and deeply atmospheric Leonard Cohen album, and also my favorite of his. Absolutely arresting in its poetry, delivered with a dry baritone and hushed finger-picking guitar. Standouts: "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Last Year's Man", "Avalanche", "Love Calls You By Your Name."
Oh, yes. Well, this was predictably great.
28th July 2022 Listened in the morning and finished the morning after. Full day at the second river. Poet Cohen. What a joy.
Good lord this man can write a song! Wish I could travel back in time to the point I started diversifying my musical tastes and slap the Dylan out of my hand and put this in it instead. Not that Dylan is so terrible, or anything, but man I woulda enjoyed discovering Cohen at an earlier age.... Fave track - "Avalanche" is just absolutely tremendous. "Famous Blue Coat" is wonderful... A bunch of the others, too....
Most of my exposure to Leonard Cohen was from the Natural Born Killers soundtrack and newer stuff. This album is incredble and definitely makes me want to dig deeper.
Classic LC album (certainly his first four are all 5 stars and this is number 3).
Brilliant album - great songs.
hell yeah, Leonard Cohen is GOATED 10/10
Bob Dylan of Canada ;) Excellent compositor, deep music - good for your soul. CLASSIC
It took me a while before I could appreciate Cohen's work, and this is the album that finally made me a fan. Avalanche is one of my favorite songs of all-time and the whole album has a dark and cynical feeling that I really like.
Legendary singer/songwriter and solid album I hadn’t heard before.
This is poetry Leonard Cohen, what a songwriter, what a poet. This man could write a song that makes you feel something. His voice is so unique, so dark and dramatic. The lyrics are true poetry that hits you so deep. I knew of Cohen before this projekt but im so glad I got the oppurtunity to really dig into his music
A écouter pendant qu’on est ni dans un haut ni dans un bas
Love Leonard Cohen, but admittedly I 'm not a frequenter of his albums, and there's plenty I've left undug. Including this, so this was welcomed. Avalanche is just an incredible piece of work. Unsettlingly atmospheric guitar and strings, gripping songwriting and delivery. Anyone unaffected, by this, I don't understand. Last Year's Man is as mournfully beautiful as Avalanche was unsettling. The vitriol in Dress Rehearsal Rag! It seems pointless picking out further individual tracks, they're all of such high quality. Obviously, Famous Blue Raincoat, well, words can't express. Cohen at his best outstrips Dylan, and he does so here. This is the best album this project has presented to me in quite some time. Glorious.
I didn’t think I was going to like this album, but I was blown away. Leonard Cohen has an amazingly powerful voice and the backing music complements him perfectly
Diamonds in the Mine is unbelievable. He starts off with a sardonic, Dylanesque voice. But it finishes with this coarse shouting. Try and ignore that if you can. The whole thing is just ridiculously brilliant.
Cohen has an incredible way with words and his talk-sing manner fit perfectly with within this context. The focus of the album are the stories. Stand-outs: Diamonds in the Mine, Joan of Arc
The deep vibrating voice of leonard cohen and the amazing and simple guitan make a calm and strong 45 minutes of an amazing album.
Fuck, this was good right from the first line. "I step into an avalanche. It covered up my soul" Leonard Cohen is what I feel like I should be hearing when I put on a Bob Dylan record. I honestly don't have much to say about this album. It goes by in a blur, but every song is good. No one knows how to pick the bit of diamond out of a fist-sized lump of coal the way that Cohen does. Every song is dark, imperious, but beauty always shines through. I will definitely come back to this one (4/5).
Boring but in a good way
Really good shit to be honest
4/5. Some of my favorite Cohen material (Avalanche, Dress Rehearsal Rag, Famous Blue Raincoat) and some of my least favorite (Diamonds in the Mine)
Reminds me of Sun Kil Moon.
Occupies the same place for me as a lot of Bob Dylan songs. Really interesting to see Cohen develop from his second to his third album. "Diamonds in the Mine" was a great ending, as was "Sing Another Song, Boys"
The big man. It feels like this album kind of references itself a lot. Mood shifts a lot which is cool. Diamonds in the mine & Love calls you by it's name absolute stormers. V v good just don't think it's for me, too manly x
Would have chosen another one
More serious and darker not a bad album just not for me
Some smooth songs
Aptly titled. Soft and full of emotions, enjoyable ride.
Man this is dark. Not so much enjoyable but it’s really powerful
Atmosphere and story. Need to revisit.
My kind of Cohen. The depressive Dylan. How great is the yelling on “Diamonds in the Mine?” I would completely listen to an entire album of that. Anyway, off to watch McCabe & Mrs. Miller…
Very emotional and unlike current music today
Leonard Cohen sings as if he is in prayer, his poetry lilting somehow from his baritone, like Dylan but less absurd. The orchestration is sparse but his gypsy jazz guitar is what shines. When you open with a song like Avalanche you know you're enraptured. And all of a sudden, I'm with you in the east village, you walking away in your famous blue raincoat. This is beauty and pain. Love and Hate.
Varying in quality wildly.
Not my sort of music, but Leonard deserves stars
Heeft een aantal zeer mooie liedjes maar ook wat minder mooie liedjes
I love his voice, it's soothing, but without Halelooya (no, I'm not spell checking) it's lacking. 3.5 stars
This is the Leonard Cohen we know and love. Moody and brooding, ecstasy and sorrow. It might be a bit one dimensional, but I like that dimension
Avalanche is a beautiful song, interesting vocal deliveries. That goes fit most of this album, beautiful, raw, interesting expressionist vocal delivery. I wonder if his early music was so good and so overwrought and sincere that he had to go into parody mode in later life, a call and response. One critique is that this blurs the line between music and spoken word. Still good, much better than previous Cohen album.
I like Leonard, but some of these are depressing and hard to listen to.
Ite sadish prob listen more here ***
I really love this era of Leonard Cohen. He's at the top of his game. Favourite track: "Famous Blue Raincoat"
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This album fit my mood very nicely today.
odustah na pola plakyy, ali respect his depressed ass
Melancholy, slow paced. Reflective lyrics. Good for a candlelit dinner/journaling if needing some introspective ambiance.
Moving and powerful. Don't like 'Diamonds in the Mine' though. Atypical and unhinged.
Actually really good. Cohen might not have vocal chops, but his songwriting is beautiful and artistic.
Nice, subtle. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but I still don't really get the lyrics.
First time listening to a Leonard Cohen album and I really enjoyed it. Will be coming back to this one for sure
I get the criticism. Like many others, I didn't think too highly of the music or the lyrics. But there will come a time—it wasn't today, but it will be some day, maybe even years from now—when I am going to need this album, and only this album will do. On that day... it will be perfect.
VERY HIPPY, BUT GOOD
This is an album I’ve previously heard, and I really love it. Brilliant songwriting and great performances of Cohen’s signature sparse guitar playing.
4.5 / 5 I hadn't listened to Leonard Cohen that much until now, and I really thought he was great. It is clear that Leonard did not have the best voice in the world, in fact I am not even sure that he was singing, but reciting the lyrics in several songs, however, he can convey a powerful feeling, which made my skin crawl. This album may be a bit heavy at first, but you get used to it fast. In short, I really enjoyed it, especially for the lyrics. Fav tracks = Diamonds in the mine, Sing another song boys, Dress Rehearsal Rag
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Great album. Cohen begins to branch out from his normal finger picking style. Possibly my favourite album of his. Best Tracks: Avalanche; Diamonds in the Mine; Famous Blue Raincoat
Leonard Cohen, the great singer/songwriter from Canada, is on his third album here. He's continuing the dark and somber feeling from his last album, Songs From a Room, and knocking it out of the park. Each song here stands on their own in excellency. He weaves incredible stories and drenches them in ambience, not just in his guitar but in little flourishes of strings and backing vocals as well. Beyond instrumentation, Cohen will sing with an unbridled passion, even in the quieter and more subtle moments. Some might find him boring but I find his stuff compelling. I mean, Cohen will always be considered one of the best. He's just too damn good.
I really enjoy this artist, always had a soft spot. I always have to listen to every lyric when he sings and his tone and delivery are perfect. Great album
A lot like Dylan, in that his voice isn't great and sometimes the covers are better, but he writes amazing lyrics.
I’m a big Cohen fan going way back, I have memories of pulling this LP out of the stacks for one of my college radio shows back in the 90s (I was particularly fond of inserting Tonight Will Be Fine from Songs from a Room into a midnight to 2 am show). For that, I never owned this one, and was surprised at how unfamiliar I was with the deeper tracks. Some surprising gems (Diamonds in the Mine displays Cohen in a shade of crazy I hadn’t encountered before). The standout hits are what they are for a reason though, Last Year’s Man and Famous Blue Raincoat stand well above the rest here.
it's refreshing to hear full 5 to 6 minute songs. reminds me very much of Piero's music. very relaxing, the music is beautiful.
I am not familiar with Leonard Cohen's catalog. I heard a cover of one of his songs done by some friends once and have always thought that I should dig in and examine his work. Unfortunately, my day today did not lend itself to a focused listen on the lyrics, so I think that I may be missing some of the beauty in his art. I found the music pleasant though and will continue to explore this and other albums in the future.
Pretty good actually, but I think you need to be in the mood.
Much preferred to the other Cohen album on here, found this one a great listen
It's got Avalanche and Famous Blue Raincoat on it; what more do you want?
Does what it say on the tin which is no mean feat. I prefer the more synth type numbers from his later career though.
Beautiful lyricism, musical arrangements that are like Ringo - not overly flashy but perfect for the song, and Cohen’s moody baritone. I love it.
Always hard hitting and sincere. There are some lovely songs but also some which are too sparse to be genuinely enjoyable.
I don't know. I liked it a bit better than You Want It Darker but track to track my enjoyment varies pretty widely, so minus one star for that. Of course this doesn't change the fact that Cohen is an excellent songwriter, and ultimately that is why you listen. Fave track: Avalanche
I like Leonard Cohen, and this is a good album. I always feel morose after listening to this though.
Really enjoyed this one. Not your typical album when it comes to lyrics or vocals. Refreshingly unique at a time when the genre had a lot of good albums to stand up to.
It's usual Leonard Cohen. 8/10
7/10 nice album but not my favorite of his.
Don't know this album at all. My primary experience with Leonard Cohen is his overplayed Hallelujah which I run from screaming at this point. Hmm, even with the lyrics, some of the songs are hard to understand the story / concept he's trying to get across. Seems like you'd need several listens and maybe even some outside information to finish solving the puzzle.
Love a bit of Leonard!
Sad, somber, sweet
Liked it for the most part minus the Bible references which I didn't understand. Being a huge Bob Dylan fan, this was a welcome surprise to discover a similar sound that I like about BD.
Quem não se arrepia e se emociona com Leonard Cohen? Dói fundo no coração. Sempre.
I actually really enjoyed the bit where he yelled about no chocolates in the box! Also I love the way the guitar sounds all twingly and pretty
1 down 999 to go baybeeeey I liked it a lot!!!! I’ve never listened to a full Leonard Cohen album all at once before. I’ll be honest it’s not exactly jam packed with Bops, and when ol Lenny started yelling about how there’s no chocolates in the box Spoons got spooked. However Avalanche slapped, the lyrics across the album slapped, I did tell Len to cheer up but that was one time and the song was six minutes long so forgive me. Overall? Very good! (But fr cheer up Lenny)
dude sounds gnarly as fuck in that diamonds song jesus other than that nice
Amazing how Cohen can tread a dual path that leads in opposite directions, yet he follows them both simultaneously: one leading to nothing but a scrapbook of women, the other to a place where love calls him by his name. I can't imagine he didn't understand the full meaning of love calling someone by his name. This is dangerous music because if you're alone and have access to alcohol, this could be...unhealthy. The music is so close, so corporeal, and the lyrics are so detailed they're confessional. No one succeeds at failing at love the way Cohen does. And he's got a huge crush on Joan of Arc. But why? Because of her bravery, her conviction, her virginity? No, because her heart is a fiery brand. He longs (lusts) for that fire, but he fears getting burned. Unlike the saint, though, he is not fearless.
Some classic Lenny tunes - not my favorite but still a great album.
Poesía musicada de Cohen. Ningún megahit. Un 4.
4 Saf7at Men 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky. Got Sick Zeda
Dásemd. Cohen klikkar ekki.
Another Leonard Cohen
This is my second Leonard Cohen album generated, and he has improved significantly since the last one.
Haunting and great.
Another solid string of Cohen folk pieces. Much darker, much more anxiety-inducing. None like "So Long Marianne" here. There are several reoccurring themes like the idolized Joan of Arc figure. "Avalanche" is a very eery opener, with the dramatic strings and that shifty plucked guitar at the forefront. "Diamonds in the Mine" is a crazy surprise, I really like Cohen's chaotic voice here. But of course the star of the album is Cohen's outstanding writing. Very poetic and dark, often melancholic. You really get a feel of Cohen's emotions through his choice of words and metaphors that project the intensity and images he sees in his head. This is best represented in his masterpiece "Famous Blue Raincoat." There are few songwriters out there who can tell such deep and involved stories, but Cohen has shown to be able to do so time and time again.
first listen lovely fingerpicking
I don't think famous means what Leonard Cohen thinks it means.
Another killer album from Cohen. He's remarkably consistent.
As unsubtle as LC’s voice is, the lovely and light-touch accompaniments make the record. Consider the quiet, pointed strings, barely audible aria-like vocals and picked flamenco riffs in the background of “Blue Raincoat.” The piano on “Sing Another Song” is more prominent, but plays the same role, both underpinning and elevating the emotional power, and enriches the quite engaging singalong. The lilting backing vocals on “Joan of Arc” (and another mini-singalong chorus).
Such a voice, *excellent* playing in the background.
I just love this album; no hate involved.
Cohen is always welcome in my ears
Love and hate are very close to the surface here, and Cohen sounds like he's defeated by them both. A dark and emotional album. The juxtaposition of a children's choir on the very dark subject matter of "Dress Rehersal Rag" is very striking. One of the few situations in which a children's choir is ever acceptable. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: Dress Rehersal Rag Date listened: 13/06/22
Thanks to that album, Cohen can be considered one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all times. There is all in there (7/10) FT: Avalanche, Famous Blue Raincoat, Diamonds in the Mine
Poesía musicada de Cohen. Ningún megahit. Un 4.
The back half of this album is full of some incredible songwriting (Songs I Love), while the front half has kids singing (Songs I Hate). Best track: Famous Blue Raincoat
Seems vastly ahead of its time
'lil rough, bit brittle, but pretty powerful.
Bit bummed, isn't he?
Great songwriter and music!
This album has one of the most beautifully dark and melancholic songs ever made, the brilliant "Famous Blue Raincoat." Most of the other songs fail to measure up to it, but this is still a solid collection. Cohen's rich vocals and penchant for writing vivid, poetic lyrics are at full strength on this album, and there is some really gorgeous guitar work. As is the case with much of Cohen's work, this album is a total mood and some may find it gloomy. Fave Songs: Famous Blue Raincoat; Avalanche; Joan of Arc; Sing Another Song, Boys
Some great songs on there, Cohen IMO is one of the greats, while not all of the songs may be my fav, they are all great.
Second Cohen record for me on the list.
Its good but not great.
This is my favorite Leonard Cohen album, and it's largely due to the unhinged quality of "Diamonds in the Mine."
Sad. Liked it.
I liked the instrumental. The only thing that I didn't like as much was his singing. He has a fine voice but he yells at some points that get kind of weird.
Really enjoyed it, need to listen again
The album gets off to a great start. Moody, dramatic and perfect for a drizzly September day. A couple of clunkers on the back half, but Joan of Arc is a good closer.
Don’t know if I’ve ever listened to a full Leonard Cohen album. Quite a delight.
He’s the more masculine bob Dylan and equally important to the genre. That being said his voice is personally grating to me
Soulful, deep lyrics and rich music. Cohen packs more emotion and meaning in one line than most do an entire album or career. His voice is a bit of an acquired one, but be patient…he is worth it.
While I do think the album is indeed rather quite sad, I think that's hardly a reason to rank the album so sad. His voice is sometimes a tad droning, but it often works with the tune of the song, and it only heightens the emotions when his voice raises in pitch, it shows he really does view his writing as something worth sharing. I think if you view these songs as poetry first this really is an excellent album.
bem agressivo e pesado, tanto os vocais e letras quanto o violão. é interessante também o sentimento de vazio que se cria quando só tem violão e voz violentos na musica. lembrou bastante Berlin do lou reed
Leonard Cohen is a master of words and feelings. It's hard not to be taken away by his music. This album is another proof of his talent and legacy.
Great songs with quite the depressive vibes I was hoping for the first days of October. Cohen is a true master.
Another good Cohen album in his unmistakable style, rich in atmosphere and a good listen despite missing lots of variety
I can't help but compare Cohen to Dylan and I just love Dylan way more. Happy to have heard this and definitely need to go back to it again.
Another great from Mr Cohen
Oh my good God I dream of being able to write lyrics and music as good as LC. Avalanche, what an opener, the guitar is freaking incredible I dream of being able to even play like that let alone write that. Beautiful poetry and beautiful music, beautiful album. I think I prefer Songs of LC to this album maybe because I've spent more time going into the inspiration of the songs on that album in the past, but it is still incredible.
i luv him
It's leonard cohen. I wish I could pay attention to the lyrics more.
"Songs of Love and Hate" is the third studio album from Leonard Cohen. It was recorded in Nashville, London and a live song at The Isle of Wight with his band The Army. Many of these songs were written years earlier. The songs were recorded at a difficult time for Cohen as he felt his life was falling apart and was in a state of deep depression. Well, this album starts dark and stays there. As with every Leonard Cohen album, just utterly brilliant lyrics. The music highlights his mood too. Critics found this album less varied than his previous albums but more focused. It is focused. A classic guitar with an uptempo pace starts "Avalanche." Strings build and add tension. Cohen's voice just sounds evil. He's in a state of depression and God isn't helping. "Last Year's Man" goes to an even starker place with acoustic guitar playing...barely. A jilted man with fantastic imagery to God, the Old Testament and Joan of Arc. Strings and a child chorus gives us a little hope at the end. This also a song Cohen never played live since he felt he could never get it right. "Famous Blue Raincoat" is one of his more popular songs covered by many artists. It's about a man writing a letter to another man whose wife he had an affair with. Another song where the strings and backing child vocals add to the emotion. The album ends with Cohen in more spoken word form in "Joan of Arc." He tells the story of a dialogue between Joan of Arc and the fire as she burns at the stake for heresy. Cohen said this song was about how you meet you destiny. Cohen starts singing "La-la-la" in a deep, depressed voice contrasted with female backing vocals. Beautiful. Strings add to the acoustic guitar as the story unfolds. I've never heard a bad Leonard Cohen album but this is my favorite. The emotion in his voice is stark and just incredible. The music is sparse but on on point to his lyrical themes. A very high recommendation.
It was a perfect morning for this album. Overcast and cool, the fog drifted through the trees, muffling the sound of traffic and laying a soft blanket of grey across the world. The conditions couldn't have been better for listening to "Songs of Love and Hate". And yet... I still can't get away from the feeling that any of these songs would be 100x better if they were performed by someone other than Leonard Cohen. Anyone else. The man is a songwriting genius. He has penned some of the most lovely songs ever here. But he's kind of awful at actually performing the things. I can't give it full marks but I also can't give it less than 4 stars. The songs are just so good.
A really beautiful album. It can start to feel a little one note over time, since he uses similar finger picking and vocal tone throughout but he has great lyric. I tend to gravitate more towards an album like "Death of a Ladies' Man" for my Leonard Cohen fix but this has some incredible songs on it. Standout Tracks: Avalanche, Last Year's Man, Famous Blue Raincoat, Joan of Arc
I love Leonard Cohen, but I prefer his later work. The lyrics are always great, but on the earlier songs I really dislike the sound of his voice. It's creepy and not very pleasant to the ears. Listening to this, I noticed some similarities to Lou Reed that I hadn't picked up on before. Strangely enough, the smoking made his voice much more interesting later on in his career. Also, I think his melodies got a bit catchier and more anthemic later on. Having said all that, this is still a great album. 4 stars.
Slow horny baritone vocals with a creepy gothic guitar accompaniment. Good lord, I'm straight and this album makes me horny for guys, gals, and non-binary pals. 4/5