Rising Stars [Issue
I'm Your Son By
I imagine it must
be difficult to be the child of someone famous and even more difficult to try
and achieve success in the same field. Some have been very successful (Rufus
Wainwright) and others not as successful (Sean Lennon).
Cohen, the son of legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and brainchild of
the band Low Millions, falls in the former category. Obviously blessed with
great songwriting genes, Cohen the younger takes us on a delightful journey
on his debut album, Ex-Girlfriends.
A self-deprecating sort, Cohen, 30, seems to really be happy about the early
response to his album. After all, you dont do this to be admired
like some local cheese in some Alpine valley, says Cohen. I was
on the treadmill this morning shadow boxing thinking, God, I have been
at this for so long that if I havent gotten a lot better then it is just
Low Millions is essentially Cohen, who maintains an open door policy with his
musicians. Its basically whoever can make it. I am so lucky to be
in the mix of musicians of great caliber. These guys are tremendous players.
The album lists Michael Chaves, who has worked with John Mayer, on guitar, Jorgen
Carlsson on bass, and Eric Eldenius on drums although the touring band could
be totally different at any time.
The songs on Ex-Girlfriends are just about that. Eleanor,
the first single is the most radio friendly with a great hook-laden chorus.
Julia is a soothing syncopated ballad and Hey Jane is
the quintessential pop song that will have you humming the melody all day long.
When asked if his current girlfriend was worried she might end up on his next
album, Cohen playfully comments, I think shes worried that she wont
As for the most sensual song on the album, Nikki, Cohen recalls
in fondness, Nikki . . . man, you say Nikki, and every muscle in me stands
Enough said. Adam Cohen and Low Millions are on their way. Sometimes I
view this [music business] as narcissism on a stick and if thats the way
it is then I want to be good at narcissism on a stick.