My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Songs of Leonard Cohen was recorded in August of 1967 and fully released in February of 1968. It is the debut album from Cohen who had released several books of poetry prior to this album.
What I think: I have some mixed feelings about this album and it all has to do with Cohen’s singing style. When he really sings I really enjoy the music, but when he does it as more of a spoken word piece I have trouble getting into it. It’s really interesting, because he goes back and forth in the same song. That being said, there really isn’t anything bad here. I tend to favor the popular choices of “Suzanne” and “So Long, Marianne” which have such amazing melody to them that make my brain squirm (in a good way of course). On a final note, the backing vocals of Nancy Priddy are some of the most gorgeous I’ve ever heard.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no doubt that this should be here, its the beginning of a music career that has been going for nearly 50 years and has influenced every generation in that span.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (94/117)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%