Various Positions Leonard Cohen
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- 1Dance Me to the End of Love04:38
- 2Coming Back to You03:32
- 3The Law04:27
- 4Night Comes On04:39
- 6The Captain04:06
- 7Hunter's Lullaby02:24
- 8Heart with No Companion03:04
- 9If It Be Your Will03:42
Info for Various Positions
„Various Positions“ proved to be a transitional album for Cohen, poised halfway between the classic balladic style of „Recent Songs“ and the cool electronic backing of „I‘m Your Man“. It was certainly Cohen's slickest production to date, though it seems practically spartan compared to later recordings. The slinky, European feel of the minor-key romantic plea 'Dance Me to the End of Love' is Cohen at his most sensual and persuasive. 'The Captain''s shifting perspective navigates a conversation between two characters musing on the personal cost of war. Most significantly, new vistas in Cohen's work are opened up by 'Hallelujah' (a highlight of Jeff Buckley's debut album nearly a decade later) and 'If It Be Your Will.' These two songs present themselves as musical prayers, and their fragile spirituality is a refreshing, largely unprecedented development in Cohen's dark artistic legacy.
„Recorded with vocalist Jennifer Warnes (who later cut the album Famous Blue Raincoat, a collection of Leonard Cohen compositions), Various Positions is a stunning return to form -- Cohen's strongest work since New Skin for the Old Ceremony. Cryptic and spartan, the set continues in the eclectic vein of recent efforts, but with greater clarity and focus, resulting in an intriguingly diffuse collection ranging from the Serge Gainsbourg-esque pop of 'Dance Me to the End of Love' to the boozy, country-inflected 'The Captain.' (Jason Ankeny, AMG)
Leonard Cohen, vocals, guitar
Jennifer Warnes, vocals
Sid McGinnis, guitar
John Lissauer, piano, keyboard orchestrations, backing vocals
Richard Crooks, drums
John Crowder, backing vocals, bass
Anjani Thomas, backing vocals
Crissie Faith, backing vocals
Erin Dickins, backing vocals
Lani Groves, backing vocals
Merle Miller, backing vocals
Ron Getman, backing vocals
Yvonne Lewis, backing vocals
Recorded in June 1984 at Quadrasonic Sound, New York
Produced by John Lissauer
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