The Future Leonard Cohen

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  • 1The Future06:41
  • 2Waiting for the Miracle07:42
  • 3Be for Real04:29
  • 4Closing Time05:58
  • 5Anthem06:06
  • 6Democracy07:12
  • 7Light as the Breeze07:14
  • 8Always08:02
  • 9Tacoma Trailer05:57
  • Total Runtime59:21

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Leonard Cohen's 1992 release, „The Future“, is both a cynical attack on civilization and a spiritual edification, with the gruff-voiced theme 'I've seen the's murder.' From the sinister whisper of the opening title track, the mood moves to the redemptive optimism of 'Light As A Breeze,' and the sardonic political march, 'Democracy.' There's a highly unlikely cover of Irving Berlin's 'Always'; peculiar for an artist known more for his lyrical poetry than for his interpretive skills. But Leonard Cohen's voice translates uniquely to interpreting pop standards, and he gives the song a highly original bluesy read. Another unlikely cut is the closing instrumental, 'Tacoma Trailer,' featuring fine Synclavier work by Bill Ginn.

„The Future“ is brimming with the tormented poetry for which Cohen is so well-known. His foghorn voice is close to a murmur on many songs, and he sets the mood (dark and foreboding), as he often does, through the able assistance of his omni-present female back-up singers. With the superb lyrics of songs like 'Waiting For The Miracle' and 'Closing Time,' Leonard Cohen remains rock's preeminent poet.

'...Cohen's basically an old folkie-poet-novelist, and regardless of his musical inclinations, the words are paramount....A lustrous album...' (Spin)

'...THE FUTURE is epic...[and] might as easily have been a book: A more troubling, more vexing image of human failure has not been written...' (Rolling Stone)

Leonard Cohen, vocals
Dean Parks, guitar, mandolin
Bob Metzger, guitar, bass
Paul Jackson Jr., guitar
Dennis Herring, guitar
Bob Furgo, violin
Brandon Fields, tenor saxophone
Lon Price, tenor saxophone
Greg Smith, baritone saxophone
Lee R. Thronburg, trumpet, trombone
Steve Lindsey, piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards
Jim Cox, piano
Greg Phillinganes, piano
Randy Kerber, keyboards, synthesizer
Jeff Fisher, keyboards
Bob Glaub, bass
Lee Sklar, bass
James Gadson, drums
Ed Greene, drums
Steve Meador, drums
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Lenny Castro, percussion
Bill Ginn, programming
Steve Croes, programming
Anjani Thomas, background vocals
Tony Warren, background vocals
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo, background vocals
LA Mass Choir, background vocals
Peggy Blue, background vocals
Edna Wright, background vocals
Jean Johnson, background vocals
Jacquelyn Gouche-Farris, background vocals
David Morgan, background vocals

Recorded from January – June 1992
Engineeed by Leanne Ungar
Produced by Leonard Cohen, Steve Lindsey, Bill Ginn, Leanne Ungar, Rebecca De Mornay, Yoav Goren

Digitally remastered

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