Songs of Love and Hate

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1971 Ratings: #29 / 129
User Score
Based on 307 ratings
1971 Ratings: #10
Liked by 27 people
March 19, 1971 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Bob Johnston / Producer
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Leonard Cohen's 3rd album 'Songs of Love and Hate' is another one of his shining moments as a songwriter, with writing that's often times quite challenging, especially with it being even more dark and pessimistic than some of the writing that turned up on his previous work, some of which gets devastatingly emotional and haunting yet I'm here for it. I'm torn on whether this is my favourite Leonard Cohen album or not, but it's certainly a contender for me, as this contains some top tier songs in ... read more
Leonard Cohen is an artist that always centralises his works on his lyricism, acting as a distinctive poet in music history. Boasting a subdued and stripped back folk sound alongside effectively ominous vocal performances, Cohen's strongest attributes are his attempts to completely immerse his audience in his work, and his third album "Songs of Love and Hate" is a great testament to just how good he can be at that. Cohen casts quite the atmosphere over the record, one that made the ... read more
21 Albums to Listen to Before 1,000 Part 3: Songs of Love and Hate - Leonard Cohen

Before I hit 1,000 Albums, I plan to listen to 21 albums that I feel are essential. I will write a short review of my feelings for each record.

I knew from the moment I started this, it would be the hardest to write about. 'Songs of Love and Hate' is a very stripped back piece of folk music. You can find occasional backing vocals and riffs, but other than that, it's a man and his guitar. Deep and personal ... read more
God the poetry is incredible here, and the simple acoustic instrumentation alongside it works magically. Might be his best.

Standout: Dress rehearsal rag
Favs: Sing another song boys, Avalanche, Diamonds in the mine, Joan of arc, Last year’s man
Least fav: Famous blue raincoat
Godamn. I started writing my own poetry/songs recently to pass time through the Lockdowns just to see where it takes me. If I reach 1/8th of this guys talent/writing ability I'll be happy. Legendary.
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Track List

  1. Avalanche
  2. Last Year's Man
  3. Dress Rehearsal Rag
  4. Diamonds in the Mine
  5. Love Calls You by Your Name
  6. Famous Blue Raincoat
  7. Sing Another Song, Boys
  8. Joan of Arc
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Added on: March 16, 2013