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Songs of Love and Hate [Original recording remastered]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Cohen’s third album is his most emotionally intense, dark and moving. Songs like "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Avalanche" are haunting and among the iconoclastic Cohen's most enduring. -- S. Duda

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Import 180gm vinyl LP re-pressing of the singer/songwriter's 1971 album. Nine tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Death Folk Dec 15 2003
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Without a doubt this is one of Cohen's best records. His most ambitious & perhaps his most depressing. I think he inadvertently created a whole new genre here---Death Folk. Self proclaimed fans range from Kurt Cobain to Nick Cave. So, if you're looking for the flower child nostalgia of of "Suzanne", proceed immediately to the latest greatest hits collection.
"Avalanche" definitely veers on the hate side of things. Lyrically speaking, it's like stumbling across Richard The Third in an abandoned mineshaft. Toss in some stark, flamenco guitar & you get the picture. A dark start to a harrowing album. "Last Year's Man" is a fitting tribute to any old Casanova whose seen his 15 minutes come & go. If that doesn't lift your spirits, how about a nice little ditty about suicide? Don't worry it's just a "Dress Rehearsal Rag". The only thing missing is a knout & a hairshirt. On "Diamonds In The Mine" he sounds like he just gargled with Drano. Dino eat your heart out.If you're feeling angry & disgusted, crank this one up. "Love Calls Your Name" has to be one of Cohen's most epic & underated ballads, while "Famous Blue Raincoat" is perhaps one of his most devastating. Jaded sarcasm comes to a fore on, "Sing Another Song, Boys" & "Joan Of Arc" ends it all on a superaltive note.
Pretentious, cynical & pissed off---this is the sound of Cohen strumming his six-string with an open vein. He's never done anything like it, before or since.
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Ultimately the title gives you a fair idea of what to expect from this title...but the delivery will certainly take you by surprise, as anyone that can sing about Santa Clause, Orgies, Blue raincoats, Betrayal..in a deceptively angst-ridden way, that at first seems like an apparently sparse & Gentle song of Love, emotion and poignant melodies, and then gradually digresses into a bitter, gloomy, brooding tale of hate, distrust, melancholy & contempt...with an unobtrusive string arrangement lending weight to Cohen's nihilistic rhetoric, that on several occasions, fools the listener into believing that somebody may have Changed the Cd, is fantastically realised, in the same way "Lou Reed" can take relatively simple subject matter, and inject it with venom & Bile, in a way few other artists can perform so charismatically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Dec 3 2013
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I think that all collectors and all Leonard Cohen fans must have a copy of Songs of Love and Hate.
I would argue that Cohen is one of the most important poets of our time. These songs are tough and poignant and I defy you to listen to Famous Blue Raincoat without shedding a tear.

In the summer of 2013 the Arts Wells Music Festival (British Columbia Canada) hosted a "Songs of Love and Hate" workshop as part of their Sad Songs program. There wasn't a dry eye in the house so curl up on the couch for a good sniffle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard lives on July 11 2013
By Milly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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He's great...no doubt about it...all of his music is worth listening to...and if you don't want to know how he feels...don't listen. He has no cares or so it seems and just sings it right out. He writes very good songs and so different from anyone else....can't help but love him for being him.
Milly, Mississauga, Canada
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