Adam Cohen
Adam Cohen
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Singer Adam Cohen has a famous father: Leonard Cohen. But he plans to carve his own niche with a completely different musical style.

Breaking a long silence of nearly six years, Adam Cohen is poised to release at the end of 2011 what he sees as his “best work to date”: Like A Man, a fourth and more mature album. This is a strong follow-up to his early work: the eponymous album (1998), then Ex-Girlfriends (Low Millions) and Mélancolista – featuring ‘Happiness’, a duet with Virginie Ledoyen, both of which came out in 2004.

The son of the legendary Leonard Cohen, Adam Cohen has long been determinedly seeking his own musical space, away from the omnipresent shadow of his father. "I was never terribly preoccupied with living up to the family name,” he says, “and not until I was sitting at the dinner table with my father to my left and my two-year-old son to my right, did I realise I really wanted to, and was ready to." From boy to man, from son to father, Adam Cohen has dedicated himself to deliver Like A Man.

Intimate, romantic and skilfully rendered, Like A Man does at times bring to mind his father, just as any child evokes an echo of the parent. But this really is Adam's album: he is a singer with a distinctive and unique voice and a straight-speaking style, delivering the words with disarming candour. "Like A Man is steeped in my recognising that I am in the family business. Despite my efforts to carve out a different identity,” he explains, "really I belong to a long line of people who have embraced their father’s business. And to have my father pronounce that I have world-class love songs on my record – ‘Like A Man’ and ‘What Other Guy’ – is a deeply gratifying compliment."

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