Monday, 24 August 2015

Review: Leonard Cohen - Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour

Can't Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour is a grab bag of performances from Leonard Cohen's most recent tour that includes rarities, covers, and a pair of new songs rehearsed during soundcheck. Don't let what could be perceived as a cynical attempt to empty the vault of any usable scrap come between you and this collection. The cut-and-paste mentality prevents this from being a cohesive album but doesn't stop it from being an incredibly satisfying listen.
The less frequently played songs are likely to be the attraction to diehard Cohen fans and they won't be disappointed when they hear the master and his band offer up "Field Commander Leonard Cohen Live In Dublin.jpgCohen," "Joan Of Arc," and "I Can't Forget." These three sound so good it's impossible not to wish they were more frequently played. "Stages" is another treat built on a clever monologue from Cohen about the stages of men's attractiveness to women that is mashed up against a soundcheck version of "Tower Of Song." It's a shame we only get an excerpt of that as the arrangement is substantially different from the one heard on Live in Dublin from this same tour.

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