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First Play: Adam Cohen, We Go Home

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

We Go HomeAdam Cohen's fifth album, follows up 2012’s Like a Man, which marked a major breakthrough for an artist who was otherwise largely known only as the son of his famous father, Leonard.

Like a Man, which featured plenty of love songs over nylon guitar, went gold and led the younger Cohen on a successful worldwide tour. It also upped the pressure for a new album, one that would continue to establish Adam as a musician in his own right. After scrapping an initial effort — “It didn't feel honest,” he says in a press release — he headed to the place you would least expect an artist trying to differentiate themselves from their father would go: he went home. Adam recorded the new album on both the Greek island Hydra, where he spent much of his childhood, and in Montreal, in the home where he was born and spent his earliest years.

"I knew I was painting a target on my back, making my album in the so-called homes of Leonard Cohen, but they're my homes, too,” he says. “These are the walls that saw me grow up the most and that I needed to come back to. My muse is my home."

We Go Home is the result, featuring songs that “chronicle conversations I’ve either had with my old man, or want to have with my boy,” Adam says.

Pre-order Adam Cohen's We Go Home, available Sept. 15.

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