Leonard Cohen as our own personal Virgil
Cohen was channeling some deeper spirits of the human consciousness—these narratives weren’t simply songs; they were doorways into specific emotional catharses, with Cohen acting as our own personal Virgil as we are led through a series of revelatory experiences. Superficially, this album was fairly basic. The music wasn’t especially complicated, nor was Cohen’s technical skill far and away better than some of his peers (although the brilliance of his rhythmic simplicity cannot be understated). What set this album apart from so many others was the scope of its emotional connection with its audience.
The first half of the piece is a well-written but fairly standard brief biographical sketch of Leonard Cohen; the final three paragraphs, however, are an especially insightful take on the listener’s experience of Cohen’s first album.
The entire article is available at Record Bin: The austere beauty of Leonard Cohen’s debut, “Songs of Leonard Cohen” By Joshua Pickard (Nooga: October 4, 2014)
Note: Originally posted October 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric