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Songs From a Room

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Songs from a Room Leonard Cohen Label: Columbia Release Date: 5/19/2009 1 Bird on a Wire - 3:26 2 The Story of Isaac - 3:35 3 A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes - 3:12 4 Partisan - 3:26 5 Seems So Long Ago, Nancy - 3:39 6 The Old Revolution - 4:46 7 The Butcher - 3:17 8 You Know Who I Am - 3:28 9 Lady Midnight - 2:56 10 Tonight Will Be Fine - 3:47

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"I choose the rooms that I live in with care / The windows are small and the walls almost bare," Leonard Cohen sings in a particularly telling couplet in "Tonight Will Be Fine," one of the highlights in this aptly titled album from 1969. The Canadian poet-performer's sophomore release has the sub rosa feel of an attic hideaway, thanks in part to Bob Johnston's restrained production. Cohen's near-monotone vocals are suitable for conveying his finely honed, meditative musings but--at this stage in his development--not much else. Johnston's soundscapes aren't as beguiling as the ones John Simon created for Cohen's superior debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen, though lovely orchestral shadings flatter such Cohen classics as the oft-covered "Bird on the Wire" and "Story of Isaac." Songs from a Room is only a secondary effort when it's stacked up against its consummate predecessor, But by any other measurement, it's an exceptionally literate and enigmatic recording by a true original. --Steven Stolder


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024UF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Vyvyan Brunst on June 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I once spent the whole of a night in Vancouver, B.C. filling a small apartment with balloons as a gift to the woman I lived with at the time. I imagined her delight at opening the door to find the rooms crowded with inconvenient color. But she didn't come home that night.
Leonard Cohen's Songs From A Room played continuously until the sun rose. It was a perfect Cohen moment: pathetic but also comical, lonely but not altogether lost, in turn full of bright buoyant images and pale, creeping light.
He likes his rooms more spartan, but he would have appreciated the irony: Cohen's heroes often balance on a knife edge between sacrifice and suspicion; ready to give it all up for love one moment, and caught in wry resignation the next.
Although overshadowed by its haunting predecessor, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs From A Room is probably my favorite of Leonard's albums. It is - unbelievably - more personal than the first. It seems to begin and end in resolute introspection. As Cohen fans may agree, one almost wonders after living with his songs for years whether Leonard wrote them and sang them for you, or whether you wrote them and gave them to him - so much do they become a magnetic North for our own emotional compasses. In Songs Leonard seems to explore every human relationship: that of lovers certainly ("Tonight Will Be Fine"), but also father and son ("Story of Isaac," "The Butcher"), patriot and country ("The Partisan," "The Old Revolution"), and ambiguous, erotic friendship ("Seems So Long Ago, Nancy").
In this album more than in any other, one of Cohen's most consistent themes repeats: that of the revolutionary.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on February 25, 2003
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Cohen followed up his debut album with another masterpiece, this collection of magnificent songs of solitude, despair and resignation. Besides The Partisan, a song about the French resistance with its beautiful French verses and female vocals, all compositions are by Cohen. The most popular number here is Bird On A Wire that has been covered by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge, Tim Hardin, The Neville Brothers and Jennifer Warnes. For some reason, the opening lines of Bunch Of Lonesome Heroes makes me think of Frodo's journey to Mordor (in Lord Of The Rings): "A bunch of lonesome and very quarrelsome heroes/Were smoking out upon the open road." Other highlights include The Story Of Isaac and The Old Revolution, in both of which Cohen's characteristic Biblical imagery surfaces, and the somber Lady Midnight with its many levels of meaning. Seems So Long Ago is a wistful confessional dirge whilst You Know Who I Am is a delicate love poem with esoteric undertones:"I am the one who loves changing from nothing to one". The mood lightens up on the closing track Tonight Will Be Fine with its catchy melody, driving rhythm and erotic lyric to end the album on a more optimistic note, although even here the sadness is just a sigh away. Cohen's sublime music has a transcendent, spiritual quality. These haunting songs "from a room" have lost none of their poetic impact after 3 decades; their grace, elegance and beauty shine on.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Oostrijck on January 21, 1999
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This album is one of Cohen's classic albums and contains many brilliant songs. Still I prefere "Songs of Leonard Cohen" and "Songs of love and hate"over this one, but that's merely a matter of taste. Songs like "Bird on a wire", "The Partisan", "lady midnight"," You know who I am" and "Story of Isaac" are all classic and superb Cohen songs. No Cohen collection can do without this album. No bad songs on this one either. Buy it, love it, treasure it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
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Cohen is pleading yet matter of fact. Husky and lucid. His voice conveys the mood as his simple flamenco guitar melodies bring forth the full impact of the songs. The combination of his delicate hands and voice allow the listener to feel the power of this Norton Anthology poet. This is his second album and was recorded in Nashville around 1967. This is one of those albums where you can play it over and over again and never grow tired of it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wheres my Slippers on November 24, 2004
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I Dont know how I came to adore Leonard Cohen, I remember watching that movie "Pump Up The Volume" with Christian Slater and wondering who sang that song "Everybody Knows", and then later when I was searching through my fathers old record collection coming across him again. His voice is so deep and soothing and his lyrics are absolutely amazing. I read somewhere that Leonard was a accomplished poet and one can definitely tell. Ive tried to get into his later work but they just dont have the same beauty as this one. This album will never get old, its a necessity to every music lovers collection. Every song is wonderful.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on August 25, 2001
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Although not as good as his debut, Songs From A Room is an even darker and more melancholy affair. Cohen's near-monotone, backed with the sparse, vague musical accompaniment delivering Cohen's stark, bitter, heart-wrenching lyrics make for a near-claustrophobic atmosphere. Bird On A Wire still stands as one of Cohen's best compositions, and it has been covered countless times by other artists. Other standout tracks include Story of Isaac and Lady Midnight. The rest of the songs are good, especially when taken in the context of the album, but, personally, I don't like this as much as his other albums that I own. This is not a detriment to the album, it is a testament to the quality of Leonard Cohen's catalog as a whole. Leonard Cohen once wrote a book called "Beautiful Losers." It was in the pre-recording artist stage of his career, but it might as well have been describing his songs. As another reviewer has said, "They are beautiful; they're just not pretty." Many people still don't know Leonard Cohen, but, some day, he will be recognized right up there with Bob Dylan as one of the greatest songwriters of the century; this album being another gem in his canon.
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