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leonard cohen

Holy shit this music rocks!



I don't know if I am just insane today, but this is the best damn music I've ever heard. I weep for the 26 years I've spent not knowing who Leonard Cohen was. I suppose I shouldn't call him my favorite artist yet since I've only been listening to him for approximately one day. But every song I hear just pretty much completes what I feel like I've always been looking for in music. Has my search ended? I suppose only time will tell.

He makes Trent Reznor look like a whiny little brat. He makes John Lennon look like a shallow amateur. He dwarfs even Kurt Cobain, a former favorite of mine from years past. Why have I never even heard his name before? Why have these other artists become so much more famous? Sometimes the world makes no sense.

I found Cohen's music by a strange circuitous route. My favorite album is the Natural Born Killers Soundtrack (before I discovered that, it was the Mortal Kombat soundtrack--not sure why I tend to like soundtracks better than LPs. I guess I feel like they've got more of a consistant theme going), and he happens to have the first song on it--which I already extremely love, but for some reason never bothered to look at who sang it. Then I watched Pump Up the Volume the other day, which was a really cool movie about a pirate radio station that I'd only seen a brief part of before--and it had this captivating song they kept playing throughout it--and the voice reminded me of the one on my beloved Natural Born Killers soundtrack. So while I went to my computer to write in my movies-to-buy list to buy the Pump Up the Volume DVD some time, I decided to try to track down who sang the song. After a few searches for lyrics I managed to locate an mp3, and sure enough it was by the same guy. The song stayed in my head all day yesterday, and now today I downloaded all the rest I could find. And every song I hear just gets better and better.

The main two new artists I've discovered in the past 2 years (and have been listening to the most) are Cruxshadows and Billie Holiday. And the weird thing is, although they are two very different genres (darkwave goth, and jazz vocals respectively) Cohen's music sounds to me like a perfect harmonious synthesis of Cruxshadows and Billie Holiday, or at least of the moods of each. I'm sure this is colored by the recency effect, but it seems ironic that the two I would use to mentally construct him are those two and they happen to be the two most recent I've discovered.

Well, there is no accounting for taste, so you probably think I'm crazy for going off on this. But hey... it's my journal so I'll write what I want :)

Now I want to get a poster of him for my room. And, obviously, all his albums. But I'm fairly hurting for cash now so that might have to wait.

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iwillfearnoevil
Jun. 9th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
:-) Everybody feels that way about Cohen the first time, i think...he really is terriffic and universal in a very powerful way.

spoonless
Jun. 9th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh good: I'm not crazy! :)
iwillfearnoevil
Jun. 9th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
ps: my uncle is on the Natural Born Killer's soundtrack....
spoonless
Jun. 9th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
I was pretty drunk when you started telling me who your uncle was, and you were talking pretty fast. All I remember is something about going to school with Feynman... or was that another uncle? So who is he? Pretty much every track on that CD ranges from excellent to outstanding, so if you're uncle is on it he must be cool :)
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spoonless
Jun. 9th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will definitely check them out! I forgot I was going to ask that.

To anyone else who knows Cohen: I am highly interested in suggestions because there's probably quite a bit of music I haven't been exposed to.
paideia
Jun. 9th, 2003 05:38 pm (UTC)
Leonard Cohen indeed rocks. I too am broke as hell, but there's one album in particular I've been jonesin' for... "I'm Your Man"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000026J6/qid=1055205393/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/102-3630321-9120164?v=glance&s=music&n=507846

I have "Various Positions" which is okay, but not as good as the other.

mmmm... love that voice.
mentaljewelry
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:32 am (UTC)
I am all about soundtracks as well and I think that's because there is so much variety plus I am a cinemaniac.

Leonard Cohen rocks.

Natural Born Killers and Pump Up the Volume rock.

Have you ever seen the film Exotica? Check it out on IMDB. It's pretty cool.

Some of my favourite soundtracks:
Queen of the Damned
Lost Highway
Pi
Run Lola Run
Showgirls [don't laugh, it's really good]
spoonless
Jun. 10th, 2003 08:29 pm (UTC)

Have you ever seen the film Exotica? Check it out on IMDB. It's pretty cool.

that movie looks really good from the description; definitely sounds like something I might like. thanks, I'm adding it to my movies-to-see list.


Some of my favourite soundtracks:
Queen of the Damned


I'm not familiar with the soundtrack but I've seen the movie. And as an avid Anne Rice fan, I was very offended that they used Korn as Lestat's band. I was all into the movie until it got to the rock concert, at which point the music (which was not even the right genre) sounded like such an insult to Lestat I could barely watch it any more. Sadly, this will probably keep me from ever giving the soundtrack (or the movie) another chance.


Lost Highway
Pi
Run Lola Run

yeah, I would imagine these would be good. I like that smashing pumpkins song "Eye" that's on Lost Highway. The Operation Swordfish soundtrack is very good IMO. As well as the first Mission Impossible soundtrack.


Showgirls [don't laugh, it's really good]

too late :) I already laughed.
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