ADAM COHEN - WE GO HOME
Singer-songwriter and musician Adam Cohen was born in Montreal in 1972 and is the son of Canadian legend Leonard Cohen. After his parents separated, Adam Cohen lived with his American expat mother in France, the Greek islands, Greenwich Village and Los Angeles. He taught himself to play guitar, drums and piano by age 12 and in 1996 he decided to focus on a music career, signing with the same label as his father, Columbia Records. His elegant, intimate and commercially successful album Like A Man reflected his deep personal as well as his musical relationship with his father. We Go Home, his fifth album, was recorded in the little white house on the Greek island of Hydra, where he spent much of his childhood, as well as in the house in Montreal where he was born and spent his earliest years. ‘I want the songs to speak for themselves’, says Cohen, ‘but what I can say is that the songs on this record mostly chronicle conversations I’ve either had with my old man, or want to have with my boy’, Adam’s son Cassius, ‘and, of course, there are love songs.’ What’s different is the tone - richer, fuller and more diverse, making the most of the three-piece band and three-piece string section from his tour. The title track’s tenderness and self-mocking humour recall one of Cohen’s other great musical influences Randy Newman. You could win Adam Cohen’s CD We Go Home by answering the following question: Which review in New Classics features the music of Solomon Burke? Send your answer on the form below by 17 August 2016 and the best of luck.