The Future (Leonard Cohen album)

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The Future
Studio album by Leonard Cohen
Released November 24, 1992
Recorded January – June 1992
Genre Folk rock
Length 59:37
Label Columbia
Producer Leonard Cohen, Steve Lindsey, Bill Ginn, Leanne Ungar, Rebecca De Mornay, Yoav Goren
Leonard Cohen chronology
I'm Your Man
The Future
Cohen Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

The Future is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released in 1992.


The actress Rebecca De Mornay, who dated Cohen in the early 1990s, was credited as a co-producer of the album along with Cohen himself. The album includes Cohen's covers of the Irving Berlin song "Always" and the Frederick Knight song "Be For Real." The Future is also the only Leonard Cohen studio album to include an instrumental Cohen composition ("Tacoma Trailer").


The album charted as high as #36 in the U.K. and was phenomenally successful in Canada, going gold, platinum, and double-platinum.[4] Cohen also won the Canadian Juno Award for Best Male Vocalist in 1993 for The Future. In his acceptance speech, he quipped, "Only in Canada could somebody with a voice like mine win Vocalist of the Year."[5] The music video for Cohen's song "Closing Time" also won the Juno Award for Best Music Video in 1993.[6]

Film soundtracks[edit]

Three songs from this album ("Waiting for the Miracle", "Anthem", and the title track) were prominently used on the soundtrack for Oliver Stone's 1994 film Natural Born Killers. Songs from the album have also appeared in the films Wonder Boys starring Michael Douglas and The Life of David Gale starring Kevin Spacey.

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version of "Light as The Breeze" by Billy Joel appears on the tribute album "Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen" released in 1995. Leonard Cohen acknowledged the version as better than his original one.[citation needed] Billy Joel included his version on his compilation "Billy Joel Greatest Hits volume III" in 1997.

A cover version of "Anthem" appears on the album Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen released by the Canadian singer Patricia O'Callaghan in 2012.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Leonard Cohen, except where noted. Orchestral and background vocal arrangements by David Campbell.

  1. "The Future" – 6:41
  2. "Waiting for the Miracle" (Cohen, Sharon Robinson) – 7:42
  3. "Be for Real" (Frederick Knight) – 4:32
  4. "Closing Time"– 6:00
  5. "Anthem" – 6:09
  6. "Democracy" – 7:13
  7. "Light as the Breeze" – 7:14
  8. "Always" (Irving Berlin) – 8:04
  9. "Tacoma Trailer" – 5:57