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The Future

The Future

by Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen


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As with most every Leonard Cohen album, a new record means a new means of musical exploration. With The Future, Cohen adds chiming synthesizers and eerie orchestrations to his brooding anthems about life's darker half. One of the last of Cohen's full-length albums, The Future is definitely one of the most direct. More notable tracks include "The Future" and "Waiting for the Miracle," both of which were featured on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Closer to spoken word poetry set to music than simply songs, the entire album is one long manifesto calling all to challenge the concepts of righteousness and despair in our modern world. Regardless of the music behind the man, Cohen still manages to bring to The Future what he brought to his earlier recordings: one man against the world with nothing but a gruff voice and a cause.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972369822
catalogNumber: 723698
Rank: 6018

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist,Violin,Saxophone
Jennifer Warnes   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Strings
Mike Finnigan   Organ
Peggi Blu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sid Page   Strings
Mass Choir   Choir, Chorus
Tony Warren   Vocals,Background Vocals
Edna Wright   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cynthia Bass   Choir, Chorus
Bob Blaub   Bass
David Campbell   Strings,Conductor,Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Tambourine
Julie Christensen   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ronald Clark   Strings
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Strings
Jim Cox   Piano
Steve Croes   Synclavier
LaVan Davis   Choir, Chorus
Joel Derouin   Strings
Brenda Lee Eager   Choir, Chorus
Aladrain Elmore   Choir, Chorus
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Brandon Fields   Tenor Saxophone
James Gadson   Drums
Berj Garabedian   Strings
Bill Ginn   Synclavier,Track Performer
Bob Glaub   Bass
Yoav Goren   Track Performer
Ed Greene   Drums
Dennis Herring   Electric Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jean Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Raven Kane   Choir, Chorus
Suzie Kattayama   Strings
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Steve Lindsey   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Steve Meador   Drums
Bob Metzger   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Weissenborn
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lon Price   Tenor Saxophone
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Donald Taylor   Choir Director
Anjani   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Warner   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Maxine Willard Waters   Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters   Choir, Chorus
Perla Batalla   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bob Furgo   Violin,Saxophone
Daniel Smith   Strings
Thomas Tally   Strings
Julia Waters   Choir, Chorus
Lashanna Dendy   Choir, Chorus
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Leland Sklar   Bass
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Gigi Bailey   Choir, Chorus
Sonya Griffin   Choir, Chorus
Patricia Finnie   Choir, Chorus
Nysa Larry   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Fisher   Keyboards,Track Performer
David Morgan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peggy Blue   Background Vocals
John Barnes   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Donald Ferrone   Strings
Raymond Tischer   Strings

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Mike Finnigan   Contributor
Tom Winslow   Engineer
Airiq Anest   Engineer
Ray Blair   Engineer
David Campbell   Arranger,String Arrangements
Richard Cottrell   Engineer
Steve Croes   Programming
Rebecca de Mornay   Arranger,Producer
Enrico DePaoli   Engineer
Bill Ginn   Programming,Producer
Yoav Goren   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Mark Guilbeault   Engineer
Richard Kaplan   Engineer
Steve Lindsey   Arranger,Producer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Duane Seykora   Engineer
Talley Sherwood   Engineer
David Shoeber   Engineer
Donald Taylor   Director
Ian Terry   Engineer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Leanne Ungar   Producer,Engineer
Jennifer Warner   Arranger
Ben Wallach   Engineer
Chad Blinman   Engineer
Jeff Fisher   Arranger,Programming
Rob Hart   Engineer
Michael Petit   Cover Design

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The Future 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leonard Cohen is the only sage left. We must seek his advice. That's why listened to this adnosiatom. Like all the great Jewish prophets, Cohen on this album gives humanity a choice through a narrative story. Either we can go totalitarianism, "Give me Stalin and St. Paul/Give me back the Berlin Wall..", the way of The Future. Or we could go the way of the American Dream, "The cradle of the best and worst..." Democracy. That his choice and as we have seen the Godfather of Gloom has predicted what we thought a brave new world turned into a diabolical age of terrorism, rampant global corruption, drugs on the loose, so on. Remember: LC is always first to the crime scene, you just get the details from him and your case is set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a really great album, for the music and for the lyrics. And forget the silly review posted by - the reviewer obviously never listened past the first song. The apocalyptic vision of The Future will shock you into listening properly to the rest of the album, which is much more positive and optimistic, without ever falling into being comforting. A sample: 'Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfet offering / There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in.' Or: 'I'm stubborn as those garbage bags that time cannot decay / I'm junk but I'm still holding out this little wild bouquet.'