|1. First We Take Manhattan|
|2. Ain't No Cure For Love|
|3. Everybody Knows|
|4. I'm Your Man|
|5. Take This Waltz|
|6. Jazz Police|
|7. I Can't Forget|
|8. Tower Of Song|
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I'm Your Man
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Leonard Cohen did it again on this 1988 album! Backdrops of pulsating rhythms and keyboards flood songs such as First We Take Manhattan; Everybody Knows; Jazz Police; Tower of Song , plus many more!
Even the production, laden with synthesized strings and cooing female choruses, is wry on I'm Your Man, a definitive Leonard Cohen album. Though still touched with the tragic ("Take This Waltz," based on a Garcia Lorca poem), the album often achieves its high points by combining Cohen's world-weariness with black-humored evocations of social and romantic ills and artistic quandaries. "I was born like this, I had no choice," the gravelly Cohen intimates at disc's end. "I was born with the gift of a golden voice." --Rickey Wright
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Cohen is a poet and a great poet at that, but he is a poet before he is a songwriter and this might explain it all.
In "I'm your man" everything falls together. The lyrics have the capability to grab anyone no matter what his mood or musical predisposition. The music is a perfect match and not only for the time it was written. I heard this album just this week in year 2002 (it was written in 1988) and i thought "hmm, if this had come out this year it would still be a huge hit".
Which is why this album became a big commercial success. But you see, not all commercial music is cheap.
What to mention first concerning the songs on offer here? The memorable "First we take Manhattan"? You would have to avoid not knowing this song and if you somehow have you have missed a true classic!
But songs of great stature are in abundance in "I'm your man": the eponymous song of the album is a monument of Cohen's song writting ability, a very emotional song and a love song that manages to be great without being cheesy. The "Tower song" is a bitter recollection that a lot of people will relate to regardless of age and "Everybody knows" is a doomy one that will please the conspiracy freak in you (which you SHOULD have)...
But all in all there is no song that falls below par, there is no "filler". There is no song in this album that you would want to skip.
All that combined with Cohen's at times cold and at times emphatic delivery make the whole a classic album. In fact, if i were asked what in my opinion would qualify for a perfect album then "I'm your man" would be one of the first examples that would pop in my mind.
"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded...."
So, that's what I was expecting. BUT! I was pleasantly surprised when I heard this, the first time I really listened to a Leonard Cohen album. The sound is very 1980's, with early synths all over the place, and some girly backing singers here and there (actually, when I heard it, I reckoned it was probably circa 1981, from the sound of the synths, and not 1988, but if that's the way he wanted it.....). Cohen's voice is deep and gravelly, and he seems to be singing softly with the mike right up to his face, but, again, if that's how he wanted it, fair enough. What I heard, though, were funny, catchy songs, with nice musical licks - the total opposite of what I expected!
But the really good thing about this album is the lyrics. The lyrics are witty and funny, but not too clever. He sings about himself and women quite a bit, but tongue in cheek and with a lot of irony. They're the kind of lyrics you could quote to people, and some of them are quite thought provoking. Some samples:
"They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom For trying to change the system from within I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin", or
"Ah but a man never got a woman back Not by begging on his knees Or I'd crawl to you baby And I'd fall at your feet And I'd howl at your beauty Like a dog in heat And I'd claw at your heart And I'd tear at your sheet I'd say please, please I'm your man".
See what I mean? A lot better than the usual syrupy drivel about "love" that you usually hear! Overall, this is a very interesting album, but one that you would have to listen closely too the first few times until you got to know it well. After that, I suspect that you would stick it on every now and then whenever you wanted a bit of cheering up, believe it or not!
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