Songs of Love and Hate
The first time I heard Leonard Cohen’s voice I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Here was the nasally voice of God, visited upon my friend’s stinky basement, delivering the most beautiful lyrics I’ve ever heard. The song was “Nancy” off the album Live Songs. I was obsessed. The next day I submerged myself in his first three albums. Initially, Songs of Love and Hate wasn’t my favourite but it has had the most staying power. I love how “Dress Rehearsal Rag” vacillates between hilarity and horror.
(Jed Gauthier, guitar and vocals)