Cohen’s amazing music career can be summed up into his 14 albums from the 1960s all the way to 2016. Here are Cohen’s top three albums of all time.
Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
With his debut album, Cohen took the music world by surprise with his mystifying lyrics and specific tone of voice. The album is mostly inspired by Cohen’s personal experience with life, love, pain and everything in between.
The album included Cohen’s iconic songs “Suzanne” and “So Long, Marianne.”
Both songs were inspired by two women who caught Cohen’s heart throughout the 1960s. The album up to this day is considered to have one of the best melancholy vibes. His debut album didn’t only introduce Cohen as a great songwriter but also as an amazing acoustic guitarist.
The guitar arrangements for most of the songs in this album like “Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “Winter Lady,” and more are truly fingerstyle excellence. Cohen was one of the best when it comes to fingerstyle or plucking. He knew his way around every note and chord to create a significant vibe for each song.
To see for yourself, just listen to his songs from his first and final album.
You Want it Darker (2016)
Cohen’s final album was the last hurrah for a truly brilliant career in music. When it was released in 2016, it debuted number 10 on the Billboard 200. The title track “You want it Darker” gave Cohen a Grammy award for Best Rock Performance in January 2018.
On his first album, Cohen sang about life, love and pain. In this final album, he talked about God, humor, death and life. The album was composed with 9 tracks written all written by Cohen himself.
I’m Your Man (1988)
Cohen’s eighth album “I’m Your Man” is without a doubt his best album. Cohen experimented with modern sound to create 8 songs for this album to be completed and this is evident with the funky bass riffs and drum machines.
Just like in most of his albums, Cohen had a little help from a choir to exert boldness in his music as he did when he first started writing songs. All 8 songs in this album took the world but “Everybody Knows,” “Ain’t No Cure for Love” and “First We Take Manhattan” were the top dogs.
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