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Songs From A Room

Leonard Cohen

1969

Songs From A Room

Album Summary

Songs from a Room is the second album by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen, released in 1969. It reached No. 63 on the US Billboard Top LPs and No. 2 on the UK charts.

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Rating

3.17

Votes

5292

Genres

  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

I was actually dreading the inevitable Leonard Cohen album, since I feel he is kind of the epitome of a singer/songwriter who cares more about song than sound, a topic I discussed a few reviews back. And sure enough, the album was what I expected it to be: a collection of barely-sung poetic lyrics over simple music. What I didn’t expect was how much I didn’t hate it. The feeling I got was kind of like a more melancholy version of the way I felt about the Sinatra album: it was just a nice thing to have in the background that doesn’t really intrude. My only disappointment was the lyrics. All the reviews and notes refer to his wit and wordsmithing in superlative terms, but honestly I feel like a lot of more recent lyrics, especially rap lyrics, are more impressive. He does tell a good story through. My personal enjoyment: 2.5/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Leonard Cohen's first album was an unqualified triumph which announced the arrival of a bold and singular talent, and many who heard it must have wondered what Cohen could do for an encore. By comparison, Cohen's second album, 1969's Songs from a Room, was something of a letdown. While it's a fine LP, it ultimately feels neither as striking nor as assured as Songs of Leonard Cohen. Bob Johnston stepped in as producer for Songs from a Room, and his arrangements are simpler than those John Simon crafted for the debut, but they're also full of puzzling accents, such as the jew's harp that punctuates several tracks, the churchy organ line in "The Old Revolution," and the harsh synthesizer flourishes on "A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes." Johnston also had trouble coaxing strong vocal performances from Cohen; his singing here sounds tentative and his meter is uncertain, which regardless of how one feels about Cohen's much-debated vocal prowess is not the case with his other work. And finally, the quality of the songs on Songs from a Room is less consistent than on Songs of Leonard Cohen; as fine as "Bird on a Wire," "You Know Who I Am," "The Story of Isaac" and "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy" may be, "The Butcher" and "A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes" simply aren't up to his usual standards. Despite the album's flaws, Songs from a Room's strongest moments convey a naked intimacy and fearless emotional honesty that's every bit as powerful as the debut, and it left no doubt that Cohen was a major creative force in contemporary songwriting.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

What an album! Always heard the hype but never really listened to Cohen--I understand now. A great listen, I can picture a recently divorced man who lost everything but his sense of self sitting on the porch smoking a cigarette on a cold gray winter morning. Calmer and muted for a 5 rating for me but truly there's no reason not to give it its due.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Cohen is so very good at the melancholy thing, and I love it. On later albums he gets even better, as his voice ages he grows into it more and it's just beautiful. This album is a lovely listen, full of stories. I enjoyed it lots. I thin it only misses out on being a 5 because I know he gets even better.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

"The Partisan" is a hauntingly beautiful song. I really appreciate the song-writing quality of Cohen. Very much in the same vein as Dylan, you're listening for the poetry and the lyrics more than the flow of the music.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Loved this. Proper spoken word story telling. Great songwriting, emotive delivery from someone I only got into after he died. 4/5

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Another brilliant Leonard Cohen album. I love the spare arrangements. Songs are all memorable. His idiosyncratic voice is perfect to express the beautiful lyrics. 4.5 stars

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

I do love Leonard Cohen, even if in the grander context of 70s Folk icons he falls behind the likes of Dylan and Joni. This album in particular has some of his most stripped back and bare songs that hit hard like 'Seems So Long Ago, Nancy'. Also, there is The Partisan which might be my fav Leonard song. The rest of the album is a little hit or miss for me.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Another excellent record from Leonard Cohen with a couple of all-timers in the mix. It feels of apiece with Songs of Love and Hate. Musically, it's very stark, and the lyrics standout more than any of the melodies or arrangements. It kind of makes it difficult to grade on a similar scale as other albums on here that are more musically interesting because it feels like it's a different artform altogether. This isn't a record I have a lot of experience with and I suspect my appreciation will stretch and deepen over time the more the lyrics sink in, as is the case with many of his records. For now, it's siting comfortably at a 3.5. Favourite songs: "Bird on a Wire" and "The Partisan"

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

I get that he was a great talent but I'm not so hot on this album

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Reminds me of Bob Dylan. Sounds like a storyteller.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Another Cohen album, another review that says pretty much the same thing. Namely that, while Cohen was a world-class songwriter, his songs are best when someone else performs them. He really can't sing and the guitar playing on this album is pretty dismal as well. At first listen, there's nothing to really recommend the album... until you really listen to the lyrics. Because those are brilliant. Shame Cohen can't perform worth a damn.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
1

"hmm after i take another hit of this crack pipe maybe i should pick another album for the list" 1

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

AAAAHHHHHHHH

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Wed Sep 16 2020
5

Great lyrics should check out more

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Fri Sep 18 2020
5

Thanks for letting me cry, Leonard

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Thu Oct 08 2020
5

love it

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Y

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

One of best witnesses of the era... might got stuck between two masterpieces, but it's still a very brilliant album.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Nick: not a fan

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Creo que ya se había dicho, pero pues sí, grandes letras.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Excellent storytelling

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Fantastic album!

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

excellent

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

His voice is so not mainstream, but then neither is the writing... so yeah.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Que bello csm

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Que genialidad Leonard Cohen, y como se reinventó en su cambio de voz. Escuchás las canciones de este disco y las comparás con los mas nuevos y pensás que es otro cantante directamente. Espero hayan mas discos de el en la lista. Particularmente este disco no es de mis favoritos pero no es malo bajo ningun punto de vista. Además está The Partisan que es uno de sus mejores temas. Entiendo como a la gente podria no gustarle pero bueno. Nada, loco. Hizo el hallellujah, no jodamos.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Lo adoro profundamente pero no tengo la cabeza puesta para escucharlo ahora. Tiene un tono de voz y unas letras, como las de Tom Waits, que me llevan a un lugar al cual no tengo muchas ganas de ir ahora. El disco es espectacular, ya lo había escuchado hace mucho pero no lo voy a escuchar todo ahora. 10/10 ludomatics.

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Fucking fantastic!

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Sat Aug 14 2021
5

Another solid classic by LC

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

beautiful

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

I like this.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

I don't think I've ever heard a bad Leonard Cohen album and this is just as good. Just completely heartfelt and it makes me feel so many emotions, grief and joy and elation and sadness, over and over.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

A bit melancholic, but overall very pleasant to listen to.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

The Partisan

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

Poesía de Cohen. Sólo por The Patisan ya se merece un 5.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Very relaxin and interesting lyrics.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

Great album, loved it.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Bird on a wire ist songwriting-Maßstab!!!

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Will never say no to Leonard. Another clsssic.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Très bon

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

han bliver aldrig dårlig

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Wonderful

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Masterpiece. Love his poetry. Not as good as his debut (not sure any album is) but is still soooo good 9.5/10

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Also love Leonard Cohen

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Sun May 01 2022
5

Sometimes the jaw harp is super annoying but damn this is good.

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Thu May 05 2022
5

The difficult second album: a quick primer. One phenomenon critics are wont to diagnose is that of the difficult second album, of a lesser album following a sledgehammer of a debut. Critics are also swift to attribute this to the shift in gear a successful debut imposes: you have your whole life to write your first one, and one year for your second. And critics routinely admit a failing on their part: oft the second album isn't that bad, but they see it as diminished when stood against the first. Now, large parts of that earlier paragraph are bollocks. Some groups peak with their debut, of course, but some require time and succour to blossom fully: Second Coming may not have equalled The Stone Roses, but the Happy Mondays' first album, Squirrel and G Man 24 Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile White Out, proved the working prototype for the Mondays' future glories. Also, the first paragraph is a touch slanderous on critics; at least the critic knows the other albums. Anyway, Leonard Cohen's second album, Songs from a Room, is excellent, but not as good as his first. This makes it sound as if Songs from a Room perhaps lacks some of the majesty or the power of Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen's first album, when it doesn't. Nor is the songwriting a step down; Leonard Cohen was glaringly one of the great songwriters to emerge in the 60s, Bob Dylan's morose brother, the main dispute being who felt more breasts. I have since got drunk, and have concluded that this would be a five-star album in the hands of any other. Just because I incrementally prefer the first to the second doesn't mean this in any way disappoints in how it blends the sacred with the base, or how Bird on the Wire nods to Bukowski, or how The Story of Isaac answers Highway 61 Revisited by reminding us that God left Isaac tormented with the threat of murder. So, a five-star album. Perhaps not as immediately brilliant as the first, but I have persuaded myself. I feel rather mature.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Difficile de donner moins que 5 étoiles au (allons-y) plus grand auteur-compositeur-interprète de la fin du 20e siècle.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Austérité. Esotérisme. Prefs: Bird on the Wire, Story of Isaac, A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes, The Partisan, Seems So Long Ago, Nancy, The Old Revolution, The Butcher, You Know Who I Am, Lady Midnight, Tonight Will Be Fine Moins pref: Rien

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

was already a top 100 album of all time for me coming into this. depending on the day it can eek up into the top 30 or so. amazing lyricism. such simple melodies and yet, every mood leonard is trying to transfer to the listener comes crashing through. absolutely wonderful album.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

Great to see early Leonard Cohen catching his vocal wavelength occasionally, and the songwriting is superb as always.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Leonard is a treasure, even if its not his greatest work it is truly masterful in its own right

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

beautiful

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

amazing album it’s a trip hearing early Leonard Cohen, back when his voice was higher and he pretty much sounded identical to Nick Cave the production was a lot nicer than his first album but I think the quality of the songs are pretty much just as amazing definitely a 10/10 for me

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

22nd July 2022 Listened on Friday but finished on Saturday. Had Seb and Justo to stay for the weekend, Fromebridge, Stroud Market and the Woolpack. Just beautiful, I could listen to Leonard Cohen all day every day.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

This one surprised me. Some tracks actually cut deep and I find his voice chilling and dark. Other had a very fun charming quality

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

I don't really like Leonard Cohen's music, however I do like many "similar" music. This album was good. It is a 4 for me, but I give it a 5 because The Partisan made me pick up the guitar during work hours... :)

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

This album is almost perfect, absolutely spellbinding. One of the best.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Favourite track(s): A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes; Seems So Long Ago, Nancy; The Old Revolution Cohen's vocals are just so humane - as if he was telling stories to a friend. The guitar and bass guitar are the perfect accompaniment, supporting but never taking the spotlight. The first album of the project which I enjoy without reservation.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Day 2!! Loved loved loved Songs from a Room by Leonard Cohen. I played it in the car and my mom immediately recognized and loved the album. I can definitely see how this 1969 work of art influenced future artists.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

There are ten songs here. For me, six of them are worth 5-stars, so I rate the album similarly. I love his poetry and there’s plenty to enjoy here. Opening with Bird On The Wire sets a pretty high bar. On the surface, it’s addressed to a lover that he’s not treating well, but it’s so much more than that. As is the other great love song - You Know Who I Am. He loves using the word naked, as he does here and also in the more light-hearted Tonight Will Be Fine. Then there are the songs addressing war and the youth. I assume he wrote a lot of these songs in 1968, when the anti-war movement in the U.S. was at it’s peak. The biblical Story Of Isaac and The Butcher fit in here. The Partisan, which he didn’t write, was an unofficial anthem of the Free French in WW2. I only saw him once, in early 1980, at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. It was his first tour to Australia. And the only other concert I’ve attended where emotions were so high was the first Brian Wilson concert at the State Theatre early this century. The love for the performer was palpable. I remember that people were constantly screaming requests, and I remember that a lot of them were for Nancy. For me it is one of his greatest compositions. Love this album.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Wow. Such a good album. I know many see it as not as good as his first album (Songs of Leonard Cohen), I would take a sophomore effort by Leonard Cohen over the vast majority of albums out there. Powerful, austere, spiritual, melancholy. It's hard to date by its sound because the production is so minimal and therefore always feels fresh and relevant to me. 5/5

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Stark and stunning

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Love his voice and his songs. Poetic and calming and still tension in the air

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

What an album for today I am passive towards life rn

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

I prefer Songs of Love and Hate, but its still a damn good album. His voice is beautiful. Closer to a 3.5

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

Good album, pretty somber but it wasn't my style

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Great lyrics, great songs

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I've never heard of the artist, but ended up impressed.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Sounds pretty different from the later stuff, but really good nonetheless

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Beautiful. Enjoyed this way more than I expected!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

less boring. bob had better songs, leonard had a better voice

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Love lyrics and music

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

I liked this one pretty well.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

very good

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Une deocuverte, different de ses derniers alb7ms. J’aime bien 4*

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Thoughtful, slow, bit gloomy, beautiful lyrics

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Super slow and sad.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Otro del bardo Cohen (?), me gustó menos que Songs of Leonard Cohen, pero sostengo que no es para mí. Hay momentos muy padres en el álbum, un gran letrista, pero por lo general, no me emociona tanto. La gran excepción (y mi canción favorita del disco) fue "A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes". Fan de la canción, la letra, la instrumentación, la interpretación. 7.5/10

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

he doesn't have any bad albums. I prefer "songs of Leonard cohen" but this is still good.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Thought this would be a three as a bit slow, but very beautiful songs which stuck in my head

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Enjoyed this album, easy listening while working. Great songwriting and voice, I'd take Cohen over Dylan any day of the week.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

zZzZzZzZzZz (well, “You know who I am” was pretty cool, and has hit me quite hard. Serendipity is quite a thing, eh?)

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Cohen hé. Je weet wat je kan verwachten :)

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Está bueno pero no es su mejor disco, me parece. De todos modos es mejor que 3/4 partes de la mierda que salió en su año y la que sale en 2021.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Some of his best

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Good

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Not his best but I still love any Leonard Cohen stuff

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Net zoals een van de vorige albums, zou dit album beter tot zijn recht komen na meerdere keren luisteren. 3.5 sterren

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Enjoyed this Cohen record, felt like a continuation of his first record for the most part, with his signature strumming and lyrics that can hit you like a brick ("I have tried in my way, to be free"). There's definitely a bit more country feel to it, though. Fav Tracks: Bird on a Wire, Story of Isaac, and The Partisan. Rating 3.5/5

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Fri May 14 2021
4

A beautiful and melodic folk album. 8.3/10

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Fri May 07 2021
4

dry and sardonic but overall pleasant. mouth harp made me laugh.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Poetic. Lyrical. An album to return to at different times of your life. New meaning will be found. Beautiful songwriting, utterly enchanting.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

great

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

This was great. I haven't been disappointed by a Cohen record so far. Lyrically, sonically, it just worked for me.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

It's 1969 and Cohen has released a singer-songwriter album. Very brave. Against the prevailing mood, carving a niche for a kind of subdued, lo-fi, intimate, personal lament. He's brilliant. (7/10) Favourite tracks: The Butcher, Bird on the Wire

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

good. sometimes boring, sometimes great.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Rätt nice sound

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Мелодичные баллады, основная ценность в лирике.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

8/10. The simplified music to emphasize the lyrics is a good style for Cohen, but I didn't enjoy most if the songwriting as much as I liked Songs of Leonard Cohen

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

7/10 I enjoyed this, although it didn't really grip me. Leonard Cohen's songwriting is always cool and thought provoking.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Quite chill, nice background music.

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Just a delightful listen.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Beautiful song writing.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Superb.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Very nice

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Well Bird On A Wire is a great opener. Gloomy as hell, but mordantly funny with it. I love the partisan, but I am always a sucker for French. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy is a heartbreaker. The Old Revolution is once again a great funny one, "Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows" is a bloody brilliant lyric. And there isn't enough jaw harp in popular music! You know who I am is glorious and complex (AND HAS MORE JAW HARP).

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

I actually really liked this album

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Schönes Album, toll zu hören!

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

I'm looking forward to listening to this album. I've always meant to listen to more Leonard Cohen. Great poetic lyrics but not catchy tunes. Wonderful soulful voice, so compelling to listen to. Requires attention when listening since the songs are very much stories. Would be nice for still quiet time like on an airplane. The other page says the album should be \"you want it darker\" and that album is much more interesting musically, but the same evocative lyrics full of pathos and perfectly honed turns of phrase.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

a lovely album

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Before starting this project I just know one or two of Cohen's songs and know that he was considered a great songwriter. Listening to his songs gave me the opportunity to truly start to like his work. English is not my main language so I'm not able to get all from his songs, however with this second album listened to on this list I start to get why he is so important. One or two more albums and I'll be a real fan. :-)

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

so simple and pretty. didn’t like the last songs that much though

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Fucking awesome, but praise the Lord it's so sad! Even my girlfriend cried!

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Neato

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Songs from a Room is an album I already own, but its not a working album I don't think! Definitely a sit and reflect over whiskey album, still great though!

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

Great album that I'm very familiar with. More a 'sink into a comfy chair with a scotch' listen

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

I like how short it is. I don't have much else to say though.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

I like the how he sings slower

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Definitiv keine Musik für das 21. Jahrhundert; Ich habe gestern versucht das Album auf dem weg zur Universität anzuhören und trotz Kopfhörern Leonard Cohen kaum gehört. Sagt das mehr über die Gesellschaft als über Songs From a Room? Wer weiß. Einige sehr gute Songs. Auf eine Art das Gegenteil von einem Konzeptalbum: Der Themensprung suizidale Jugendbekanntschaft zu Eichmann wird in einem Songwechsel vollzogen. Insgesamt nicht ganz mein Ding weil Lyrics mir nicht das wichtigste an Musik sind, aber denke ich werde das bestimmt nochmal anhören.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Wasn't expecting to really like this, but this album cast a spell on me; it has a certain magic to it. Made me a bit emotional I really liked all the songs in minor keys, especially The Partisan. That song is pure enchantment to me

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

There were moments of this that I loved. I think I would listen to it again but it just barely made the cut. It's pretty and sweet enough to be worth some more of my time.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Another Leonard Cohen album. 4 🌟

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I only really knew Leonard Cohen's older, gravely voice before listening to this. Very interesting to hear him as a younger man, but with the same talent as a songwriter and lyricist.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Leonard can fucking write man. His voice isn't always the best at times though. But I really fuck with him.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Production is spare but still pretty. (Personally, I would like a little bit more grit in it, but you can't have everything). mostly simple acoustic guitar and bass arrangements, augmented with occasional strings, distant organ, even a little bit of fuzz guitar. And Jew's harp, for that extra bit of spice. Leonard's voice is not great, but he can (usually) sell the damn song. I think the weakest vocal performance is Bird on a Wire. I think he was intimidated by the song (and a really world-class standard song it is), and it took him another 10 or more years to settle into it. The songs are so great. They are so evocative. I realize that he almost never talks in generalities or abstract concepts. He tells the story through vivid and concrete images. I love that approach to lyric writing.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

Good, solid Lenny but not his best.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

Though this album isn't as good overall as the ones preceding and succeeding it, the first track is one of the most low-down gut punches you'll ever hear opening an album. I wish I'd not read some random review calling attention to the fact that the mouth harp is used on every track, because now I can't unhear it. I guess it was always just something in the atmosphere of the music for me, but now it's center stage. Like all Cohen's records, this one is delicate, intimate, and oh-so confessional. A kind of gentle yet earnest wrestling.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Similar to Songs of Love and Hate. Not quite peak Cohen

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Wasn’t he a nirvana lyric?

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Leonard Cohen i sooo good

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Very good

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

To bardziej zbiór utworów poety niż piosenkarza. Cohen zabiera nas w emocjonalną wędrówkę przypominającą rozmyślenia o życiu po kilku głębszych podchodząc pod cienką granicę doomerstwa. Album kończy się równie szybko jak się zaczął i człowiek łapie się na tym, że nie do końca go docenił i należy go odsłuchać jeszcze raz.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

There's something charming about this album. Maybe it's the melancholic vocals, the soothing guitar, or both. Didn't know much about Cohen's music, but gotta say - after listening to "Songs From A Room" I want to explore more of his works. Hooked by the style, I guess. Or maybe I needed some intimate, toned music at the time of listening. Definitely not an album for every occasion, but a delightful treat for when it's needed. Highlight: The Partisan

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Bird on the Wire - uuughh Story of Isaac - YES A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes - meh. Good hook, appealing story, aggresively infuriating instrumentalisation The Partisan - YE-oh it's french. godddamnit. YE-meh on this one, closer to YES than meh Seems So Long Ago, Nancy - pleasant tune The Old Revolution - why banjoooo The Butcher - meh. uninspired. the album starts to drag, here tunes tunes good ending

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

This is very sweet

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

Beautiful

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Only the beginning… impressive!

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Undeniably a force in songwriting.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Best Song: The Partisan. Haunting lyrics paired with sparse instrumentals, further assisted by the French chorus, which contrasts and elevates Cohen's ruddy, nasal voice. Worst Song: Story of Isaac. Lyrically beautiful, but this is Cohen, who can have a tendency towards vocal timidity, at his most quiet and disinterested in his delivery. Overall: Although I prefer Cohen's later work, when his voice was coarser and his lyrics darker, this is a good entry into Cohen's canon. Cohen's music is best listened to intentionally, not as background music. Quiet, contemplative poetry set to music. One of the best singer-songwriters of our time.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

nicely miserable montrealian gravelly nasal monotone

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

I think these songs would be great in a movie. For a studio album, though, the melodies are a bit too bare.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Róleg og notaleg plata með góðum textum. Fínt svona á mánudagsmorgni.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

My favorite thing on this album is definitely the jaw harp. Really adds to the atmosphere and almost sounds like a synthesizer at times. Surprised that an instrument which seems so simple, almost like a toy, is able to be so expressive and versatile.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Such a poet. Something careful and precise about his music. Coincidentally I just heard "Bird on a Wire" on the radio and it filled me with hope and calm. His influence is obviously wide ranging but it made me think specifically of Walter Martin (listen to "Bird on a Wire" back to back with "Old as Hell" and I think you'll hear what I mean, if nothing else in the way he's singing).

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

This isn’t my favorite Leonard Cohen album, but it’s nice to hear him with a more stripped down sound. As great as his songwriting is, it’s hard for me to get into his 80s sound due to the extremely dated synth and drum sounds. This album however is acoustic and sparse, having been produced by the same producer that produced much of Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel’s mid 60s output. Though this is just his second album, Leonard Cohen’s thoughtful songwriting shines through.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Ljúfir tónar frá Leonard Cohen. Frekar gott bara.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

He wrote a shrek song

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

I mean, this is fine, but it's all a bit... pleased with itself. Feels like a guy at open mike night at a pizza place with some very well off friends.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Así me entero que Leonard Cohen tuvo cosas en las que no todo era cantar lo más lento y grave posible… Aunque no es algo que tendría en rotación, sí fueron canciones que algo me transmitieron mientras escuchaba. Especialmente los detalles instrumentales, más que la voz, pero igual vale la pena. En especial me gustó The Partisan.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

Sedate

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

When nobody got my back, I know a new Leonard Cohen album got my back, CAN I GET AN AMEN

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Oddly comforting, with a real stripped back folky feel. Typical dark Cohen songs to sit down and feel sad to.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Some of his best.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Leonard Cohen's debut album was a masterpiece that came out of nowhere, announcing the arrival of a new singular wordsmith to the wider world--as well as a skilled crafter of timeless tunes. After such an unmitigated success, it was obviously harder for the Canadian songwriter to catch the same lightning in a bottle twice. While a fine LP, 1969's *Songs from a Room* ultimately feels less assured than *Songs of Leonard Cohen*. Compared to John Simon's illuminating production on the latter, the one Bob Johnston crafted for the debut is filled with quirkier choices--that jaw harp marking the beat on several tracks, those off-kilter synth sounds grinding their way in the background of "A Bunch Of Lonesome Heroes", or that bizarre recorder flute drunkenly supporting Leonard's whistling in the last 30 seconds of closer "Tonight Will Be Fine"... With such weird details around them, Cohen's characters sound even more like the true misfits they are. The intent is therefore topically interesting, but unfortunately music suffers from it. Depending on their mileage on such things, listeners might find those instrumentation choices we've just mentioned up there either charming or annoying, and the same goes for some of the vocal performances here. Cohen's singing and meter are more tentative and uncertain than on his other work from that period, especially the debut, and especially when he struggles to reach notes on the higher end of his naturally deep, low register. As for the overall quality of those *Songs from a Room*, surely it is a little more uneven than the ones on *Songs of Leonard Cohen* or *Songs Of Love And Hate*. "Seems Like So Long Ago, Nancy", "You Know Who I Am," and "The Story of Isaac" are for instance very nice, but "The Butcher" and "Tonight Will Be Fine" simply aren't up to his usual standards. Said standards are however aptly represented through two cuts that are now part of Cohen's classic repertoire, "Bird On The Wire" and "The Partisan". "Bird On The Wire" is, simply put, another quintessential Leonard Cohen song, as frail as the singer's voice is on this one--even if such flaws may also have their charms, as we suggested earlier... In keeping with the performance, the tune is moving, sardonic, touching, evocative and witty all at the same time. And speaking of performance, that minimalistic and yet heartwrenching cover of the war song "Le Chant Des Partisans"--including that coda Cohen is singing in the original French language, supported by female background vocals--proves the "less is more" philosophy can actually yield truly epic results. Despite the album's flaws, such iconic moments convey a naked intimacy and fearless emotional honesty that's every bit as powerful as the debut, and left no doubt that Cohen was a major creative force in contemporary songwriting in the early seventies. I stole those last words from someone else in this group, but it was so rightly put that I couldn't refrain from doing so. If I had to rephrase this idea my way, I'd say that as far as albums go, *Songs From A Room* isn't the most obvious entry point onto Cohen's oeuvre, but if we had to pick individual songs so as to prove the immensity of his talent, you and I can find gold there, too. I'm pretty sure the reviewer whose words I borrowed here would agree, at least... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 868 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 73 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 32 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 28

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Not every composition is strong enough to be held up by basically only Cohen's guitar and recognizable vocal, and the melody of 'A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes' borrows a bit too much from 'So Long, Marianne' off his previous record. That being said, an album containing 'Bird on the Wire' and probably my favourite Cohen recording 'The Partisan' will never go below 4 stars. Ever.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

I like the partisan and a bit of the folky-ness

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

What defined Cohen in this period is his signature lyricism and simple recordings based around his guitar playing rooted in classical playing. A soothing listen that captures his words well, but lacks some diversity in the songs to make the album a little grander. Enjoyable nevertheless as I am a fan of ‘60s folk.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Top notch song writing on this album but there wasn't anything that really jumped out at me. Favorite tracks were the story of Isaac, the old revolution, you know who I am, and tonight will be fine. Would have liked more dynamics.but that's not really the style. I want to give this album a 3.5 but it's good enough to bump to a 4.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

I can't decide whether I love this album or not. Leonard Cohen has a pretty depressing dreary voice - but most of these songs are most poems/stories, and extremely beautiful. I don't know what they are about but I was captivated.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

It's very Leonard Cohen

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

The potential on what could be forthcoming is clear.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Mycket fin platta med många fina spår. Inte hört denna platta förut.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Production is spare but still pretty. (Personally, I would like a little bit more grit in it, but you can't have everything). mostly simple acoustic guitar and bass arrangements, augmented with occasional strings, distant organ, even a little bit of fuzz guitar. And Jew's harp, for that extra bit of spice. Leonard's voice is not great, but he can (usually) sell the damn song. I think the weakest vocal performance is Bird on a Wire. I think he was intimidated by the song (and a really world-class standard song it is), and it took him another 10 or more years to settle into it. The songs are so great. They are so evocative. I realize that he almost never talks in generalities or abstract concepts. He tells the story through vivid and concrete images. I love that approach to lyric writing.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Only album so far I've listened to twice. Very good.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

listened to before truly a great poet and songwriter

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Another inexplicable hole in YT Music’s catalog. Honestly I wouldn’t mind it as much if there was just some website I could go to and find out what arcane IP infighting was responsible for the situation. I know that has nothing to do with the music but you know, it’s early career Leonard Cohen. If you like that you’ll like this. It’s not his strongest album in this era, there is some relative filler and it takes the austere sound to a fault, but there are some absolute essentials on it too.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

As usual the lyricism in Leonard Cohen's ballads is unmatched. His voice is amazing and yes it's half spoken but that somehow makes it better? Favourite songs: A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes, The Partisan, Seems So Long Ago, Nancy

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Leonard Cohen mi fa sempre scendere la lacrimuccia.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

i luv leonard cohen

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

4.5 Love me some Leonard Cohen!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Unpopular opinion: Leonard Cohen is much better than Bob Dylan in every sense. He is a poet and there is no fucking harmonica.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3.5

Tié beau Leonard

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Mon Oct 05 2020
3

nice classics!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Kinda boring

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

My favorite period of his but not my favorite album.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Bird on a wire is a true classic, but the rest is very standard Leonard Cohen.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Chill Cohen vibes

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Nice easy listening album

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

3 starts i think, but a strong 3

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Sun Jan 17 2021
3

It's basically an old time rapping. Music is just there to be a background for a guy to "sing" his poems. Quite enjoyable, melancholic in it's slow tempo and emotional lyrics.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

niet slecht, beetje country achtig

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Sun May 02 2021
3

I think Leonard Cohen is a brilliant songwriter and lyricist, but I just can't get past his voice on his earlier work. The later, gravelly-voiced Cohen is much better for me. I'll give this 3 stars, as there are some great songs on here, especially Bird on the Wire.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Perfect driving album

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

I like the dour downbeat vibe, but sparse folk songs still not my cup of tea

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Sat Jul 03 2021
3

Folk. Pelín triste y aburrido.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Highlight: The Partisan The strange mind of Leonard Cohen ranges from unlistenable to brilliant, sometimes even within the same song. I have a lot of respect for the his songwriting chops and its social commentary, but I have to be in the mood for it. Songs From A Room is no different, with the standout for me being The Partisan. This is probably the album I'd reach for if I was in the mood to listen to Cohen.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

Lovely vibes

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Thu May 13 2021
3

meh. Bird on a wire obviously class. the rest passes you by . think another 2 caught my attentions and i can't mind there names, This was half an hour ago. says it all. 3, just for bird.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Soft and interesting

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Hallelujah

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Good but not amazing. Preferred his later stuff I think

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Thu May 13 2021
3

More crackin' wise from Laughin' Len. Sounds like there's someone pinging a plastic ruler on a tabletop in the background of each song. Weird production choice. BT: Bird on a Wire, Seems So Long Ago Nancy, Lady Midnight

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

I'm biased as I had to hear this wayyy too much in the past and I wasn't really hyped to hear it again :P

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Een album om bij achterover te leunen en te luisteren naar de teksten. Kippenvel bij het Franse stuk in 'The Partisan'. Maar tegen het einde van het album had ik het wel gehad, moest niet veel langer zijn.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Enjoyed sitting through this one. Admittedly my favourite track was 'the partisan' which is a cover. 3.5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

The songs themselves were good, with fantastic lyrics. However, it doesn't work as well as an album. All the songs sound the same, and there's no real flow. OK album.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Cohen-esque halt. Schön und ruhig. Manchmal jedoch zu schön und zu ruhig.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Ich war nicht so ganz bei der Sache, aber ganz nett.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Nice album. Not as catchy as some of his other albums but strong lyrics. Some of the songs seem to have more of a country-folk feel. Great listen. Favorite songs: Bird on a Wire, The Partisan, A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes 3 stars

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