Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby Adrian » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:49 am

Last.fm also has a "Similar Artists" page, which is continually recalibrated based on listening patterns of folks - http://www.last.fm/music/Leonard+Cohen/+similar

The current top ten looks like this:

Bob Dylan 100

Tom Waits 88

Nick Drake 76

Neil Young 76

Simon & Garfunkel 63

Johnny Cash 63

Joni Mitchell 63

Nick Cave 62

Van Morrison 53

Joan Baez 51
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby Undertow » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:59 am

The only artist that comes to mind is Nick Drake. I got into both Cohen and Drake at the same time (Was a pretty sad time as you can imagine) and both are very very good.

Nick Drake's Pink Moon is absolutely perfect. Please do go listen to it if youre looking for a credible alternative to Cohen.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby UrPal » Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:08 pm

If you are looking for someone who is doing something musically which has a lot of the features of Cohen's early work, and who has a similarly deep voice, then you might try the music of Jim Yamouridis, an Australian of Greek descent now living and plying his trade in France (at least last time I looked). He's a friend and long time working associate of Conway Savage, pianist with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. You can try some of his music on stream here:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... c301b109b5

He used to be in an obscure Melbourne based band called The Stream, who were less LC but no less worthy of a listen:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu ... =135109195

In terms of artists in modern music who share Cohen's ability to spin words with music in quite magical ways, the most prominent in my list would be:

Jacques Brel
Lou Reed
Nick Cave
David McComb
Tom Waits

I expect there might be one or two more but very few with as consistent a body of work as those named.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby temporal_twilight » Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:49 am

One artist that I love for the same reason's that I love Leonard Cohen is Josh Ritter... though I'm sure I'd say the music is similar, he does credit Cohen as one of his major influences.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby friscogrl » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:57 am

I would say Chris Rea too. Especially The Road to Hell; great lyrics and that deep textured voic.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby remarkblz » Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:09 am

In a number of aspects: John Hiatt. In fact, I'm surprised he hasn't been mentioned yet(but then he doesn't seem to be well known at all, undeservedly).

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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby Undertow » Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:11 am

temporal_twilight wrote:One artist that I love for the same reason's that I love Leonard Cohen is Josh Ritter... though I'm sure I'd say the music is similar, he does credit Cohen as one of his major influences.
Oh good God why did I not listen to you earlier?!

His lyrics may not be as poetic as Cohens, and his music not as sparse, but wow some of those songs are unbelievable, the lyrics really astonished me.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby Kush » Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:50 am

In a number of aspects: John Hiatt. In fact, I'm surprised he hasn't been mentioned yet(but then he doesn't seem to be well known at all, undeservedly).
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby remarkblz » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:53 am

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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby conoalias » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:10 am

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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby Bartleby » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:10 am

Too stressed out to listen to Leonard in the run up to the great ticket sale I was listening to Lee Hazlewood's final CD "Cake and Death" last night. Struck by how similar Lee's voice sounded to Leonard's.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby dharma » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:47 am

Bartleby wrote:Struck by how similar Lee's voice sounded to Leonard's.
i've got hazy memories of mistaking Leonard for Lee when i was aged about 11 or 12 :oops:

i kinda suspect the production on Songs of Love & Hate, especially with the heavy reverb on the vocals, was influenced by Hazlewood

the very special world of lee hazlewood (1966) is well worth a listen - it has pre Nancy & Lee versions of sand and summer wine

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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby tupelo » Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:58 pm

Gianmaria Testa, what a voice, it makes me melt. I don't speak Italian, so have no real idea what he sings about, but when I first heard 'Da Questa Parte Del Mare' (album) it totally blew me away. I also really like the instrumentation on his songs.

You can check him out here: http://www.myspace.com/gianmariatesta

Play 'Seminatori Di Grano'

I can totally recommend the above album.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby thin_gypsy_thief » Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:38 pm

What about Will Oldham (mentioned only once here)? I find the "I see a darkness" album deeply Cohen-ian. I love his voice here, its sense of dramaticity and soft bitterness.
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Re: Artists similar to Leonard Cohen

Postby Knickerless » Tue May 27, 2008 5:22 pm

well, whenever I finish a song the first thing that goes through my head is "would Leonard play that", so I guess I better put it out there,

http://www.myspace.com/nickmarksmusic

Of the others, i cant stand Nick Cave though I must admit he certainly puts in the hours when it comes to trying to be like cohen. Tom Waits, obviously and my random selection would have to be... the guy thats sings in Alabama 3, sorry his name slips my mind right now.

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