In "First We Take Manhattan", Leonard Cohen recognized the shared appeal of extremism in politics and art as the allure of power.
Think pieces, fiery speeches, and fact-checking takedowns of a demagogue’s rhetoric can overwhelm the true power of great art -- specifically the strength of a song to save or change the world.
Leonard Cohen endures and conquers. But does he mean something different to Millenial audiences than he did to their parents? Can the legend of Cohen escape its own clichés?
This is a portrait of an artist attuned to notions of justice, lust, longing, loneliness, and redemption, and possessing the sort of voice and vision commonly reserved for the prophets.
In City and in Forest, which is a Leonard Cohen covers record, is a giddy, lilting album of beauty, which may come as a bit of a surprise given Cohen’s penchant for the sardonic.