terça-feira, 6 de setembro de 2016

LEONARD COHEN: "Various Positions"

Original released on LP Passport PB 6045
(CANADA, December 1984)


Nobody is going to make the mistake in calling "Various Positions" Leonard Cohen's best album, but there is enough on here to recommend to the casual Lenny fan, despite some shaky production work. "Dance Me to the End of Love" is the sound of French Canada. It has a romantic European aura, and it's a little bit cheesy. Most of the album has to do with old Cohen standbys like heartache and loneliness. But, despite the universal themes, Cohen expresses with a sharper and deeper slant than maybe anybody has since the phonograph was invented. "Heart With No Companion" breaks no new ground in subject matter, but few can say "I feel your pain" like Cohen can: «And I sing this for the captain / Whose ship has not been built / For the mother in confusion / Her cradle still unfilled.» The "Hunter's Lullaby" is another example. A sad tale of a runaway father, could easily sound maudlin in the hands of other artists, but Cohen can keep the emotional intensity without resorting to cliche heart-tugging. Instead, of making the father out to be a negligent ogre, he writes of a man whose soul has to be on the move. Having been covered by everyone this side of Heaven itself, "Hallelujah" has been heard by all of us, maybe too many times. However, it's hard to tire of imagery as beautiful as a woman bathing on a rooftop under moonlight: «Your faith was strong but you needed proof / You saw her bathing on the roof / Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you / Hallelujah.» There is a touch of filler in "Various Positions" (but not much) that keeps it from playing together as a cohesive whole, but Cohen's filler is better than most artists Greatest Hits. Fans will enjoy this album - multiple listens reveals more and more hidden nuggets of beauty (in RateYourMusic)

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