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1* CoveredUp: "Hallelujah" (from ''Music/VariousPositions''), notably; "Suzanne" (from ''Music/SongsOfLeonardCohen''), "Bird on the Wire" (''Music/SongsFromARoom'') are also popular choices.** "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" (from ''Music/NewSkinForTheOldCeremony'') has been treated to a handful of high-profile cover versions as well.** "The Partisan" was originally [[ written in 1943]] by two exiled French Resistance members, but his version is the best-known one.* DorkAge: The middle point of his career, between ''Music/NewSkinForTheOldCeremony'' and ''Music/VariousPositions'', is considered by some to contain his weakest work, and the period was marked by diminished public and critical esteem. He got better.* HarsherInHindsight: During a concert in 1985, Cohen reminisced about collaborating with influential producer Music/PhilSpector (for Cohen's album ''Death of a Ladies' Man''), as well as their shared interest in firearms: "[He was a] delightful chap. You really get to know him, you really did get to know him. And I had a Walther PPK. He had just an ordinary .45." In 2009, Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson with a handgun, after what was apparently a long history of abusive behavior and threatening people (including, as it turns out, Cohen himself) with weapons.* NarmCharm: The extensive use of [[TheEighties '80s]] synth and drum machine on ''I'm Your Man'' can be... a lot to take in, with "Jazz Police" being probably the most egregious example. It's a great album all the same. His later live performances tended to dial it back.* NightmareFuel: Cohen actually managed to make folk music disturbing on ''Music/SongsOfLoveAndHate''. The suicidal self-loathing lyrics from ''Dress Rehearsal Rag'' are horrifying together with the stressful, endlessly repeating melody (the only "breaks" are the chorus). Even worse - [[CreatorBreakdown Cohen was feeling like that at the time]]. And then we have the darkly comical ''Diamonds in the Mine'' where the vocals get increasingly unhinged as the song progresses, and by the end it's pretty much angry screaming. Both are listed under SanitySlippageSong on the main page for good reason.%%* SignatureSong: "Suzanne" or "Bird on the Wire" early in his career, "Hallelujah" since TheNineties.----


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