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4.0 out of 5 stars A middling tribute album
After spending the last few years wandering other musical landscapes, I rediscovered Leonard Cohen this year (years after being a mega LC geek in school) and especially wanted to seek this album out again.
Compared to Famous Blue Raincoat (much shorter but much, much more luminous), I'm Your Fan is middling. What's up with the two covers of Tower of Song? Why is the...
Published on July 11 2004 by cynarae

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1.0 out of 5 stars Beg to differ...
This album is a perfect example of why tribute albums should be illegal. I can't imagine what the other reviewers saw in this. Bluntly, its 99% garbage. Either rote recitation or half hearted attempts. As the one bright spot, the Pixies (I Can't Forget)seem to be the only ones even excited about the idea of covering Cohen. The rest is just awful and will disappoint fans...
Published on April 9 2001 by Matthew Carpenter


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1.0 out of 5 stars Beg to differ..., April 9 2001
This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
This album is a perfect example of why tribute albums should be illegal. I can't imagine what the other reviewers saw in this. Bluntly, its 99% garbage. Either rote recitation or half hearted attempts. As the one bright spot, the Pixies (I Can't Forget)seem to be the only ones even excited about the idea of covering Cohen. The rest is just awful and will disappoint fans of both the bands or Cohen.
In addition to original sins, this disk suffers sins of omission. There are many incredible Cohen covers (ex: Concrete Blonde "Everybody Knows"), that were available at the time, that are missing.
Just go the next CD on your list. Now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A middling tribute album, July 11 2004
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"cynarae" (The Beautiful South, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
After spending the last few years wandering other musical landscapes, I rediscovered Leonard Cohen this year (years after being a mega LC geek in school) and especially wanted to seek this album out again.
Compared to Famous Blue Raincoat (much shorter but much, much more luminous), I'm Your Fan is middling. What's up with the two covers of Tower of Song? Why is the cover of Suzanne so freaking boring? But then there are the beautiful plusses -- A Singer Must Die, the funky cover of Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On (who wouldn't want to hear THAT at a wedding?) and the oft-mentioned version of Hallelujah. I really like the French version of Avalanche (I didn't get the original for many years after this and was very surprised as my hand translated version was very different).
Bottom line: if you want 1 LC tribute CD, get Jennifer Warnes's. If you want 2, get this one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have, Dec 10 2003
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J. Holsinger "Hamlet" (Dallas, TX USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
I bought this CD when it first came out in the 90's, as part of my R.E.M comprehensive collection. Since that time, this has stayed constantly near or in my CD player. Each interpretation of his songs highlights the beauty of the lyric he composed.
I would be hard pressed to find a favorite track. I am a die hard R.E.M fan, but I don't think theirs is the best (near the top, maybe). But I would have to agree with most about The Pixies rendition of "I Can't Forget".
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best cd in the world, March 25 2003
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A. Dan "simoril" (israel) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
i got this as a gift, and since i enjoy leonard cohen music, i expected to enjoy this too, it's wasn't too dissapointed, but most of the interpetations to his songs are either trying to sounds just like leonard cohen or just too strange or unfit to the songs in my eyes.
if anyone's looking to a good introduction to leonard cohen, i suggest "the best of" or just spending your money on any other leonard cohen cd, in this case i think, the sorce's still much superiour to the reflection, yes, the nick cave interpetation is great, but it doesn't justify getting the whole cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price just for three songs alone, Jan. 6 2003
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Brendan J. Foreman (University Heights, Ohio United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
1. That Petrol Emotion doing "Stories of the Street"
2. A raucous "Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on" by David McComb and Adam Peters
3. The now classic version of "Hallelujah" by John Cale.
Like many tribute albums, this has its down moments (REM sounds like a self-parody here) and its mediocre moments (Lloyd Cole does a "nothing to write home about" version of "Chelsea Hotel"). But most of these tracks give us different, often intriguing interpretations of some superb music. The fact that they can withstand these differing perspectives certainly speaks to the integrity and overall excellence of these songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the compilation tribute genre, Dec 13 2001
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S. McDuffie (Pueblo, CO) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
REM has been so inspired by Cohen for so long, that their rendition of "First We Take Manhattan" simply sounds like an REM song. It is, however, excellent and is one of the best, most powerful cuts on this record.
The Pixies, arguably one of the best bands of the last 20 years, have covered Cohen's "I Can't Forget" superbly. Their version of this song is a fantastic hard rock rave-up. I don't think that the words exist that will enable me to accurately describe how I feel about their take on this song. The Pixies are a great cover band anyway (listen to "Evil Hearted You", "Head On", and "Cecilia Ann", "Wild Honey Pie" and "In Heaven (Everything is Fine)" from their own catalog, and this song is certainly their best cover song, and could be the best cover song ever.
Some of my favorite Cohen songs are done badly by musicians I love ("Take this Longing" by Peter Astor, once touted as the "new Bob Dylan" and "I'm Your Man" by Bill Pritchard are forgettable) and some Cohen songs that I don't like are done badly by musicians that I can't stand (Don't Go Home With Your Hard-on by David McComb & Adam Peters). This is why I gave it 4 stars. On the upside, some of my least favorite Cohen songs are done very well by artists I love ("Halleluiah" by John Cale was a nice song); some of my favorite artists cover Cohen classics very well (Pixies, REM and Nick Cave). Did you get all that?
One great benefit of this album, one way in which it has helped me to be more eclectic is that many songs I love are done very well by artists I had never of prior to buying this CD. I have since bought CDs by many of the artists paying tribute to Cohen on this album and I am quite happy I did. Geoffrey Oryema, The Lilac Time, James and That Petrol Emotion are immensly talented musicians and are a great antidote to the bland tripe that accountants at gigantic record companies want to shove down your throat these days.
I always wondered what Cohen's work would sound like with a better singer. Now I know. I thank those responsible for the recording and distribution of this CD.
If you love Cohen, buy this album, if you love even one of the artists who contributed to this effort, buy this album, and if you are looking for great music that will probably never get played on the radio, buy this album. It is remarkable. Buy it soon however, such a good record is destined to be discontinued prematurely. (...) In fact, I am surprised it is still available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different light, Nov. 23 2001
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"slack33" (Brooklyn, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
There are two schools of thought when considering tribute albums. Make sure the artists don't do too much with the song so that it's unrecognizable and second don't do too little so that it sounds too similar. This one strikes a near perfect balance. I particularly like the inclusion of (now) fairly anonymous bands who Cohen has actually influenced: Pixies, Lilac Time, Fatima Mansions, That Petrol Emotion etc. My favorite song on the album: The Pixies' devastating rendering of "I can't forget" which has the punch of their own material yet keeping the lyric right up front (where it belongs in any Cohen song). Jeffrey Oryema's take on Suzanne has forever altered how I listened to Cohen's original. Lloyd Cole's version of "Chelsea Hotel" is the perfect blend of the two qualities of tribute albums that I mentioned earlier: not too much, not too little. This album is well worth a try for those who are fans of Cohen (like myself) and also for people who are looking for a alternative entry way to listening and understanding one of the finest songwriters of our time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They were his fans, Aug. 22 2001
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S. Maruta (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
Leonard Cohen was rocking -if I may say- my craddle and I still love the old cracking LPs I stole from my mother. Hence the shock in 1991 when my then fav' magazine (Les Inrockuptibles, then a glossy Paris fanzine with an obsession for English/US alternative music, now a more muddled catch-all weekly)somehow managed to get some of the most influentials indy artists of the late 80s to pay a tribute to the old master... THe result is now interestingly dated, as many of the bands are well past their prime or have disappeared (who the h*** was Robert Foster any way?). Although none of the songs here approach the iconic status of Jeff Buckley's rendition of Hallelujah, some are extremely good (Ian Mc Culloch's Hey that's no way to say goodbye, Who by fire by the House of Love or That Petrol Emotion's Stories of the Street - my personal favourite on the album) and some are funnily anachronistic duds (James's trademark yodelling).
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5.0 out of 5 stars brings some light and fun to some brilliant words, April 5 2001
This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
Right now I'm listening to the man himself, "I'm Your Man", and I guiltily caught myself thinking that I actually prefer the REM version of "First We Take Manhattan" on "I'm Your Fan" to the artist's own rendition. I think for those of my generation (I'm 27), the heavy background vocals and synthesizers of LC's later work (ironic though it may be) is hard to digest, although we can manage to get past it through sheer love of his work. He is certainly a poet first and a producer second - though his acoustic work has a raw power that's hard to match. Also I find that LC tends to over-emote his own songs (for my taste anyway) - I prefer a delivery that is a bit lighter-handed and dispassionate, which most of the tracks on this cover album have. They let the power of the song (pun slightly intended) speak for itself, and give us kids the gift of these songs which many of us might never be able to palate otherwise.
I do think there are some snoozers on here, but none of the tracks really make me cringe (though I generally fast-forward past "Suzanne" as I find the approach a bit heavy and dull. It's hard to bring anything new to that one, it's been done so well by others. I love the cover of "Take This Longing", also "A Singer Must Die", and although others disagree, I adore REM's track. I can't even talk about John Cale's "Hallelujah". As a side note, I strongly urge people who like his track here to buy his "Fragments of a Rainy Season". His songwriting is absolutely compelling to me, though don't try it if you like to be handed obvious meanings on a plate. He accompanies himself on acoustic piano or guitar, creating a gorgeous and chilling atmospheric space, perfect for a rainy afternoon. But I digress.
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3.0 out of 5 stars get it for John Cale, Feb. 25 2001
This review is from: I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By... (Audio CD)
John Cale is a wonderful, overlooked artist who is better known for his work with the Velvet Underground and for his work as a producer for such bands as The Modern Lovers, The Stooges, and Patti Smith.
His version of "Hallelujah" is one of the most beautiful songs i have ever heard.
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