“[The Future] cements Cohen’s reputation as wry nineties ironist & all-round spokesman for the human condition. Little short of a bloody marvel.”

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This excellent new album continues the stylistic experiments inaugurated with I’m Your Man, with only a few nods to the jaundice folkiness that made him so popular with hypochondriacs and raving paranoiacs in the first place. Likewise, his lyrical concerns have broadened beyond familiar themes of seduction and betrayal, with numerous forays into the political amphitheatre and committed stabs into the belly of the cynical, hard-boiled nineties.quotedown2

 

From Leonard Cohen: The Future by Cliff Jones, Rock CD, December 1992. Found at Rock’s Backpages. Access full review at the link.

One Reply to ““[The Future] cements Cohen’s reputation as wry nineties ironist & all-round spokesman for the human condition. Little short of a bloody marvel.””

  1. Violeta

    One of the most important piece of the Future album -Democracy could be updated in the new
    political amphitheatre.It’s enough to take in the consideration the scenario after November 2016:new alliaces,new actors,new auspices,new challengies and new expectations.In this new context we deeply feel the L.Cohen’s absence.