8 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Unfairly maligned upon its release for not being what a "typical" Leonard Cohen album sounded like, Death of a Ladies’ Man has received an open-eared reassessment over the years by new generations of listeners (including Cohen’s daughter Lorca), who deem the album an important and overall pleasing release. The controversy started when stories flew that producer Phil Spector had locked Cohen out of the recording process and mixed the album without his cooperation, featuring in many cases, rough “guide” vocals that were to be rerecorded before the album’s completion. It does sound like that in spots; however, the songs overall are very strong, and a tune like “True Love Leaves No Traces” benefits from its pop arrangement. “Iodine” excels with its female vocal choir and saxophones adding to the chaos, while songs like “Paper Thin Hotel,” “I Left a Woman Waiting,” and the title track would be classics on any album that featured them.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Unfairly maligned upon its release for not being what a "typical" Leonard Cohen album sounded like, Death of a Ladies’ Man has received an open-eared reassessment over the years by new generations of listeners (including Cohen’s daughter Lorca), who deem the album an important and overall pleasing release. The controversy started when stories flew that producer Phil Spector had locked Cohen out of the recording process and mixed the album without his cooperation, featuring in many cases, rough “guide” vocals that were to be rerecorded before the album’s completion. It does sound like that in spots; however, the songs overall are very strong, and a tune like “True Love Leaves No Traces” benefits from its pop arrangement. “Iodine” excels with its female vocal choir and saxophones adding to the chaos, while songs like “Paper Thin Hotel,” “I Left a Woman Waiting,” and the title track would be classics on any album that featured them.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

DaveyChuck ,

The product of inspiration and madness

This is one of the most difficult to love albums ever recorded. The gritty and concise Cohen is paired with the eccentric, purplish Spector and the result is simultaneously camp, weird, and unforgettable. Both parties make all the "wrong" choices making for a sort of punk take on sensitive songwriter attitudes. You can almost hear the drugs and insanity of Spector pushing Cohen's work beyond what anyone ever imagined possible.

MontrealJazz ,

A forgotten Cohen gem

An excellent and highly overlooked album from Cohen in his middle years. Recently this forgotten album has become somewhat of a cult classic for younger alternative singer songwriters. If you are a Cohen fan this is highly recommended.

The genius of truth ,

One of his most unique

This album by Leonard stands alone in many ways. Due to Phil Spectors involvement it definitely sounds different than any of Leonard's other records. Leonard disowned this album but I think it's a true gem in his catalogue.

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