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."

One of his notable novels, Beautiful Losers (1966) received a lot of attention from the Canadian press and stirred up controversy because of a number of sexually graphic passages. 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."

Cohen's first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded "Bird on the Wire") and Songs of Love and Hate (1971). His 1977 record, Death of a Ladies' Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound. In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. "Hallelujah" was first released on Cohen's studio album Various Positions in 1984. I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992, Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest. Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. In 2006, Cohen produced and co-wrote Blue Alert, a collaboration with jazz chanteuse Anjani Thomas. After major success of his 2008-2013 world tours, Cohen released the highest charting album in his entire career, Old Ideas, to uniformly positive reviews. On September 22, 2014, one day after his 80th birthday, Cohen released his 13th studio album, Popular Problems, again to superlative reviews.

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Discography

Album

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 3
2001 Ten New Songs 3 5
2004 Dear Heather 4 6
2012 Old Ideas 4 3
2014 Popular Problems 2

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 1
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

Single

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

Other

Year Title Rating Releases
2011 The Complete Studio Albums Collection 1

Compilation

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

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