The Future (Leonard Cohen album)
|Studio album by Leonard Cohen|
|Released||November 24, 1992|
|Recorded||January – June 1992|
|Producer||Leonard Cohen, Steve Lindsey, Bill Ginn, Leanne Ungar, Rebecca De Mornay, Yoav Goren|
|Leonard Cohen chronology|
|Robert Christgau||A− |
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. 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." The music video for Cohen's song "Closing Time" also won the Juno Award for Best Music Video in 1993.
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.
A cover version of "Anthem" appears on the 2011 album Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen recorded by the Canadian singer Patricia O'Callaghan in 2011.
All songs written by Leonard Cohen, except where noted.
- "The Future" – 6:41
- "Waiting for the Miracle" (Cohen, Sharon Robinson) – 7:42
- "Be for Real" (Frederick Knight) – 4:32
- "Closing Time"– 6:00
- "Anthem" – 6:09
- "Democracy" – 7:13
- "Light as the Breeze" – 7:14
- "Always" (Irving Berlin) – 8:04
- "Tacoma Trailer" – 5:57
- Fielder, Christopher. The Future (Leonard Cohen album) at AllMusic
- Robert Christgau review
- Rolling Stone review
- "Back in the game: Leonard Cohen makes his return to working life". The National Post. Canada.com. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2013-05-20.