Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
It's sometimes easy to dismiss the offspring of legendary musicians, but not Adam Cohen. He may have learned to write music around the kitchen table with dad Leonard, but this 25-year-old with a bohemian upbringing has car... more »
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It's sometimes easy to dismiss the offspring of legendary musicians, but not Adam Cohen. He may have learned to write music around the kitchen table with dad Leonard, but this 25-year-old with a bohemian upbringing has carved a voice distinctly his own on his self-titled debut. Not desperately seeking fame but diligently working toward making a credible entry into the industry, Cohen spent most of the decade leading up to his first album playing in various bands and putting together demos. The result is a poignant collection of songs that, while both mellow and darkly seductive, have a bite that separates him from the pack of faux-sensitive artists currently in oversupply. Cohen admits the CD is largely autobiographical, albeit a bit exaggerated--which may be a good thing, considering the intense jealousy that imbues "Quarterback" and the confrontation of "Tell Me Everything." --Rebecca Wallwork
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Good song writing makes a comeback with adam cohen's cd
Ron Johnson | Fleetwood, NY United States | 01/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Adam Cohen CD is uncompromisingly good. I hope Adam has more in store for music lovers like me. A friend gave me the CD, but i hesitated to play it because, hearing Adam's music for the first time, I thought it would be commercial and shallow much like a lot of music I hear today. I buy very few new releases fearing the new releases won't compare to the rock I love from the late '60s and early to mid '70's when artists had something to say about the turbulence of the times. Adam Cohen surprised me. Listening to the CD over and over, he continues to surprise me. He's good. Very good. Don't take this the wrong way Adam, but I hope you don't become a big star. If you do, please don't sell out."
A promising debut from an exciting new voice
Ron Johnson | 09/11/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's no doubt difficult following in the footsteps of a singer/songwriter as beloved as Leonard Cohen. But think, for a moment, about how many friends you have with sons. Are you friends with their sons as well? Or, how many of you are friends with your friends' fathers? Leonard has his generation and Adam has his own. And Adam's generation will no doubt fall in love with this crisp and promising debut. Adam writes radio-friendly, catchy hooks throughout the project, and his lyrics are competent enough on love songs like "Beautiful as You" and "Amazing." But when Adam is irritated, challenged, or downright pissed off, his anger and torment provide a springboard for darkly passionate art. "Tell Me Everything" has him confronting a friend who his girlfriend is sleeping with, "Sister" deals with a friend that dated Adam's sister because it was the closest he could get to sleeping with Adam (a 90's twist on a love triangle if ever there was one), and the chilling "Quarterback" (the album's hands-down best song) finds a disturbed narrator lamenting the love of his life falling for a more popular guy. But Adam doesn't only make good music when he's angry. "Down She Goes" paints a melancholy and touching portrait of a soul on the edge, "Cry Ophelia" offers tender advice to a troubled soul, and the starkly beautiful "Opposites Attract" depicts a less than perfect love affair. The production is eclectic and gorgeous throughout, and Adam's voice is effective in either a low, breathy register or a powerful midrange. No matter who this guy's father is (which, by the way, has as much to do with this project as Bob Dylan has to do with The Wallflowers...think about it), this polished and addictive debut places Adam Cohen with Fiona Apple, Duncan Sheik, and Alana Davis as one of the most promising debuts of recent years. Not that it should matter to us, but I'm sure Dad is proud."
Genes will out...even if it takes awhile.
Elaine Bergstrom | Milwaukee, WI United States | 07/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I admit that I am a huge fan of Adam's daddy, and that I discovered Adam via the Leonard Cohen home page. As a writer, to me the lyrics are everything, so I bought the CD at a place where I could preview the cuts and make certain I could understand the words. First play didn't impress. Though it is engineered beautifully, it was too pop for my taste. On later plays, the soul hidden beneath the rhythms grew on me. It's now one of my favorites for long drives. In one respect, he is far too much like his father. Adam, how long do we have to wait for CD #2?"