Songs of Love and Hate by Leonard Cohen

Songs of Love and Hate was the third studio album by Leonard Cohen. It was originally released in 1971. It was produced by Bob Johnston who also worked with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Tracks include Avalanche, which has been covered by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the widely covered Famous Blue Raincoat and the single Joan of Arc.

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180g vinyl reissue LP on Legacy.

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Songs of Love and Hate by Leonard Cohen
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10/10 Tom 22nd May 2018

"Let's sing another song boys... this one has grown old and bit-ter".

From the opening flurry of Leonard Cohen's classical guitar on 'Avalanche' to the closing sigh of the plaintive 'Joan of Arc', Songs of Love and Hate is a masterpiece and the shining star in Cohen's back catalogue. It's the album that finds Cohen at the zenith of his lyrical prowess and his underappreciated musicianship, the two marrying perfectly on the likes of 'Love Calls You By Your Name' and 'Avalance' in which Cohen uses his infamous 'chop' to play brilliant, quick patterns on his classical guitar while delivering lyrical gold. While his lyrics maintain a poetry throughout, Cohen is also at his most pointed and direct on the devastating 'Dress Rehearsal Rag', 'Diamonds in the Mine' and one of his most iconic songs 'Famous Blue Raincoat.' The album even contains a live recording of 'Sing Another Song, Boys' taken from the infamous Isle of Wight 1970 (infamous because Leonard Cohen managed to soothe a very large and very restless crowd at four in the morning, following a Jimi Hendrix performance). Don't hesitate - this is a must-own record.

10/10 Jack 10th December 2016

I've listened to Songs of Love and Hate many times before, but never paid much attention to the cover. Cohen is there, standing in a black void and smiling. He's not supposed to be smiling. These are songs of anguish, mordancy, solitude, lost love, and desperation. Maybe he's just proud that his album turned out so well. The remastering brings Cohen's voice to the front of the mix a little more, almost as if he's whispering in your ear on the quieter cuts. That said, many of the subtle nuances of the instrumental parts are now clearer as well. In all, the remastering definitely improves upon CD versions.

10/10 Carl Customer rating (no review), 27th May 2020
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