Songs of Love and Hate [Bonus Tracks]

Songs of Love and Hate [Bonus Tracks]

by Leonard Cohen

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Teeming with self-loathing, self-doubt, and spiritual and sensual desolation, its arrangements often driven by the furious, unceasing strumming of a gut-string guitar, Leonard Cohen's aptly titled Songs of Love and Hate draws blood at every turn -- and most of it is his. Following two acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful albums that left him questioning not only his artistry but his very raison d'être, Cohen takes himself to task mercilessly. In the driving desperation of the album-opening "Avalanche," he describes himself as a "hunchback" and "a cripple," spitting invective at a lover whose empathy elicits only withering putdowns. As lush, hushed strings wash over his spite in "Last Year's Man," as an eerie, chanting children's chorus surfaces at the song's end, Cohen invokes biblical references and his über-muse, Joan of Arc, in a quest to understand the absence of spiritual balm at a time when all inspiration has fled ("The rain falls down on last year's man / an hour has gone by / and he has not moved his hand"). In "Dress Rehearsal Rag" he eviscerates himself incrementally (again with the haunting voices of that children's chorus chanting dirge-like at the end), starting with his own celebrity ("'Where are you golden boy, where is your famous golden touch?'"); on it goes, verse by verse, each one a more caustic commentary on what he's become, as writer and lover, until finally this eternal spiritual searcher and sometime skeptic belittles his own quest with the sarcastic query, "Why don't you join the Rosicrucians / they can give you back your hope..." And yet, at the end, there is a hint of light, in a plaintive query at the close of a wry, folkish "Joan of Arc." Good luck in getting there.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886970474122
catalogNumber: 704741
Rank: 26650

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ron Cornelius   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bubba Fowler   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Charlie Daniels   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Fiddle
Bob Johnston   Piano
Michael Sahl   Strings
Corlynn Hanney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Susan Mussmano   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer,Artwork,Additional Music
Paul Buckmaster   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ed Hudson   Engineer
Bob Johnston   Producer,Audio Production
Ed Kollis   Engineer
Neil Wilburn   Engineer
Bill Donovan   Engineer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
John Berg   Cover Design
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction

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