Canada, 1969, contemporary folk / singer-songwriter

Leonard CohenSongs From a Room

Though this album isn’t as good overall as the ones preceding and succeeding it, the first track is one of the most low-down gut punches you’ll ever hear opening an album. I wish I’d not read some random review calling attention to the fact that the mouth harp is used on every track, because now I can’t unhear it. I guess it was always just something in the atmosphere of the music for me, but now it’s center stage. Like all Cohen’s records, this one is delicate, intimate, and oh-so confessional. A kind of gentle yet earnest wrestling.

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