Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. In 2011, Cohen received a Prince of Asturias Award for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen's overall career in popular music by asserting that "[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late '60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making … Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century."

The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen's overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that "[Cohen's] successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen's poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics … While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines."

On September 22, 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen will release his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, on Columbia Records.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1967 Songs of Leonard Cohen 5 9
1969 Songs From a Room 4.5 8
1970 Songs of Love and Hate 4.5 9
1974 New Skin for the Old Ceremony 5 2
1977 Death of a Ladies' Man 5 4
1979 Recent Songs 5
1984 Various Positions 5 5
1988 I'm Your Man 4.35 4
1992 The Future 3.65 2
2001 Ten New Songs 3 5
2004 Dear Heather 4 6
2012 Old Ideas 4 3
2014 Popular Problems 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 So Long, Marianne Compilation 2 2
1975 Greatest Hits Compilation 4 8
1975 The Best of Leonard Cohen Compilation 2
1980 Liebesträume: Leonard Cohen singt seine schönsten Lieder Compilation 1
1981 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1982 Highlights Compilation 1
1992 Los 60 de los 60 Compilation 1
1997 More Best of Leonard Cohen Compilation 2
1997 More Best of Compilation 1
2002 The Essential Leonard Cohen Compilation 5
2003 An Introduction to Leonard Cohen Compilation 1
2008 The Collection Compilation 1
2009 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2010 The Essential Leonard Cohen Compilation 2
Best Compilation 1
Best Of Compilation 1
Golden Hits Compilation 1
The Best of Leonard Cohen Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Live Songs Live 4
1994 Live in Concert Live 3
2000 Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 Live 2
2009 Live in London Live 5 3
2009 Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 Live 2
2010 Songs From the Road Live 2
2012 Angels at My Shoulder Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1988 I'm Your Man 1
2011 Show Me The Place 1

EP + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2012 Live in Fredericton Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2011 The Complete Studio Albums Collection 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2011 All Time Best Compilation 1
Hit Collection Compilation 1

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