11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adam Cohen no longer shies from comparisons to his father, Leonard Cohen. Like a Man opens with the beautiful "Out of Bed," a tune with simple acoustic guitar and careful orchestration that sounds like a lost track from his father's 1967 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen. Father and son also share a producer in Patrick Leonard, who handled many of the duties on the elder Cohen's Old Ideas. While such stylistic proximity might have created genuine anxiety in a younger man (and it did when one considers how far Adam strayed from the family trademark with The Low Millions), Adam, now 39, takes the similarities in stride and explores the natural inclinations of his genetic code. The lyrics are smart and heartfelt, while the music is small but detailed. Melodies are reined in until they reach the biblical heft of his father's touch. The title track evokes the dour countenance of dear old dad. "Sweet Dominique" has a romantic flair for the spiritual and the flesh. The tradition has been handed down through the generations, and it continues to make deep inroads in the elusive beauty that each musician and poet forever chases.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adam Cohen no longer shies from comparisons to his father, Leonard Cohen. Like a Man opens with the beautiful "Out of Bed," a tune with simple acoustic guitar and careful orchestration that sounds like a lost track from his father's 1967 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen. Father and son also share a producer in Patrick Leonard, who handled many of the duties on the elder Cohen's Old Ideas. While such stylistic proximity might have created genuine anxiety in a younger man (and it did when one considers how far Adam strayed from the family trademark with The Low Millions), Adam, now 39, takes the similarities in stride and explores the natural inclinations of his genetic code. The lyrics are smart and heartfelt, while the music is small but detailed. Melodies are reined in until they reach the biblical heft of his father's touch. The title track evokes the dour countenance of dear old dad. "Sweet Dominique" has a romantic flair for the spiritual and the flesh. The tradition has been handed down through the generations, and it continues to make deep inroads in the elusive beauty that each musician and poet forever chases.

TITLE TIME
4:55
3:19
3:29
3:31
4:42
3:10
4:15
2:39
3:28
2:20
3:24

About Adam Cohen

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Adam Cohen gained plenty of practice performing as a member of a number of rock groups in New York during the early '90s. By the mid-'90s, he had moved to Los Angeles, and ended up signing a solo contract with Columbia Records in 1997. One year later, he released his debut album, a self-titled offering that carried 12 impressive adult contemporary tracks. It was quickly followed by the EP Tell Me Everything.

Cohen was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1972. The son of acclaimed songwriter Leonard Cohen, he spent his childhood living all over the world, spending time in Canada, France, the United States, and Greece. Early piano lessons didn't have as much of an influence on him as his exceptional home life did, which exposed him to not only his father's music and writing, but to all forms of art and music brought in by family friends and acquaintances.

As a young adult, Adam Cohen moved to New York and started college. He also began his professional musical career there, joining up with several rock bands where he tried out his skills at both singing and songwriting, and later even guitar playing. After moving to Los Angeles near the end of the '90s, he was offered a chance to sign with Columbia Records, the label his father worked with for many years.

When the time came for a debut album, Cohen teamed up with producer Steve Lindsey. They brought in a number of strong collaborators, such as Brock Walsh, Phil Roy, and Dillon O'Brian. Adam Cohen gave fans and music critics something to chew on. The album hit the market in July of 1998, the same year Bette Midler released her version of Cohen's "Lullaby in Blue" for her album Bathhouse Betty. Several years later, Cohen recorded a French-language album, released on Capitol in 2004 as Mélancolista. He also formed a band, Low Millions, whose debut album, Ex-Girlfriends, appeared the same year. In 2009, a cover of his father's "Take This Waltz" appeared on the charity compilation War Child Presents Heroes, but by then he had begun a long recess from music.

Cohen finally returned in 2011 with his fourth album, Like a Man, which contained more of his father's influences than he had ever displayed; it also performed better commercially than any of his previous work. After a long tour, he began work on a follow-up. Recorded largely in a house on the Greek island of Hydra where Cohen spent much of his youth, We Go Home appeared in September of 2014. ~ Charlotte Dillon

  • ORIGIN
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    Sep 18, 1972

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