Leonard Cohen – “Songs of Love and Hate” (1971)

December 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm (Leonard Cohen, Music, Reviews & Articles)

This review was written by Arthur Schmidt in the Sept. 2, 1971 issue of Rolling Stone (issue #90)…

Songs from a Room, Cohen’s second album, was for me a great improvement over his first because of restraint in the use of strings, clarions and angelic choirs, and because the compositions themselves were fairly even in quality (with “Bird on the Wire” and “Story of Issac” two really tight, clean stand-outs). And short — he shouldn’t be straining the frail but frequently quite lovely melodies to five and six minutes, as he does on Songs of Love and Hate. But this record, alas, goes back to all the trash that cluttered up the first album — schlock horns, schlock strings, schlock chorus — as if to make of it a style. Recognizable, yes no one but Leonard Cohen could have come out with these arrangements but a style, no. Read the rest of this entry »

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