Various Positions (studio album) by Leonard Cohen

Various Positions by Leonard Cohen
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 2,545th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Award Top albums of 1984 (45th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (403rd)
Award Best albums of all time (2,545th)

Leonard Cohen bestography

Various Positions is ranked 7th best out of 27 albums by Leonard Cohen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Leonard Cohen is Songs Of Leonard Cohen which is ranked number 155 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,405.

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This album is rated in the top 17% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.9/100, a mean average of 74.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.

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From 09/29/2021 02:38
Lyrically amazing and I love how he retooled his sound in the 80s. This was the first "casio" album and though it was a little out of left field it rejuvenated his career. I'm Your Man might be the more perfected version but Leonard 2.0 really starts here with Various Positions. In addition to the big three songs ("Dance Me," "Halleluiah," and "If It Be Your Will") there are some other great tracks. "Heart with No Companion" is a simple song with some of LC's best lyrics. "The Law," "Coming Back to You," and "Night Comes On," are some of his most theological/mystical meditations. "Hunter's Lullaby" and "The Captain" involve great story telling. When I first heard this album it showed me that pop music could go places spiritually that I had not imagined. There really is not a skip track.
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From 07/27/2021 14:44
Really great album. Contains 3 Cohen classics, "Hallelujah", "If it be your will" and "Dance me to the end of love". All other tracks are good as well with some great poetry; the lyrics to "Night Comes On" especially resonate with me. I'm surprised it isn't regarded higher by more reviewers. A must listen for poetry fans and one of Cohen's best.
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From 02/28/2018 18:10
This is one of the most criminally underrated albums ever, it contains 3 best songs of Cohen; Hallelujah, If It Be Your Will, and Dance Me To the End of Love as well as other great songs.
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From 02/16/2018 17:12
Really great album here, the only problem is the production, setting Dance me to the End of Love to such a heavy drum beat ruins it and this isn't the best version of Hallelujah (that would be the beautifu 7 minutel live performance that can be found easily on Youtube) but the songs are still great. The other songs are all good The Captain and When the Night Comes In being particularly good.

The best track her is the stunning finale "If it be Your Will", a lyrical masterpiece that really hits hard.
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From 05/26/2016 17:53
A lovely Leonard Cohen album. Obviously his voice is starting to deteriorate by this time but it kind of suits the music. There is some beautiful writing here on, dance me to the end of love, coming back to you, night comes in, and off course, hallelujah. The record closes with the excellent, if it be your will. A great laid back album.
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From 01/18/2015 01:30
Absolutely underrated, this album! Then again, aren't all of Leonards?
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From 01/18/2015 00:12
4 brilliant songs:"Dance Me to the End of Love", "Hallelujah", "Heart With No Companion", "If It Be Your Will".
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From 09/23/2014 13:02
Hallelujah alone makes this a must have. But the whole album is very worthwhile. It's a lot lighter and less morose than most of Cohen's stuff. Dance To Me To the End of Love and The Captain are fine examples of Cohen showcasing his more reverent side here.
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From 04/10/2014 19:12
it's always fascinating to hear leonard's breathy voice. it's so sweet and grumbling at the same time. good album for relaxed moments. on the other hand his voice is so dominant, that most of the songs sound a bit similar to me - therefor it couldn't be a really great album.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
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