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Country - Released February 8, 1991 | Rhino

Marc Cohn is one of the finest debut albums of the 1990s, and it brought adult piano pop back to the radio. Every song is well-crafted, and Cohn's singalong choruses, introspective lyrics, and vocal stylings reveal his '60s soul and '70s singer/songwriter influences. His voice is rich, but has a roughness that adds emotion when stretching to the upper end of his range while remaining subtle at the lower end. Marc Cohn shows himself to be an accomplished and versatile songwriter, from the uplifting gospel opener "Walking in Memphis," the hit for which he is widely known, to the concluding love letter "True Companion." Cohn has a great ear for melody and a keen eye for detail that immediately grab your attention and reward the listener with repeated plays. The album's highlight, "Silver Thunderbird," is a prime example of Cohn's ability to combine storytelling with an unbelievably catchy chorus. It is not surprising that the songs played on piano work better than those written for guitar; however, the album is surprisingly consistent, even for a debut. This album is worth checking out for any listener who wonders where the tuneful pop and soul of the Big Chill era went. ~ Vik Iyengar
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Soul - Released August 9, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released October 12, 2018 | Time-Life Music

Marc Cohn is a songwriter and singer whose own work is full of original touches and excellent, and craft, such as on his hit "Walking in Memphis." Sometimes, as evidenced by the track "Let Me Be Your Witness," from 2007's excellent Join the Parade, he even reaches the level of the profound. His voice suits his own material perfectly -- but that's not the same thing as being an interpretive singer. Listening Booth: 1970 is an homage to the hit songs of that year. As a youth, Cohn claims he crouched inside a soundproof booth at his local record shop and was blown away by what he heard in these songs and others. He's claimed in interview that these songs and others like them set him upon his chosen path as a musician. Fair enough. That said, he should have written those memories down in a journal rather than recorded them. Cohn just isn't singer enough to pull any of these tunes off -- with one exception, and that's because of his duet partner. Iconic songs, such as Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," John Fogerty''s "Long as I Can See the Light," J.J. Cale's "After Midnight," Cat Stevens' "Wild World," Paul Simon's "The Only Living Boy in New York," the Boxtops' "The Letter," and Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" are nearly murdered by Cohn's shortcomings as an interpretive vocalist and his plodding, unoriginal, overly sentimental arrangements. There are a few guest vocalists that help him out -- or at least do their best trying -- Aimee Mann on Badfinger's "No Matter What," India.Arie on David Gates' (Bread) "Make It with You," and newcomer Kristina Train on Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown." Because of Cohn's singing, however, these end up in worse shape than the tracks he tries solo. (It would be nice to hear more from Train, however, because she's clearly talented.) Only the reading of the Grateful Dead's "New Speedway Boogie" gets pulled off on this set, and that's largely because of Jim Lauderdale's wily, reckless, free-spirited vocals. Listening Booth: 1970 might make for an interesting gab bit on NPR, but not something to listen to -- even once -- all the way through. This album is a huge misstep in Cohn's career; hopefully, he has this virus out of his system and can go back to writing and recording original material. [The Barnes & Noble Edition comes with a bonus track, an insipid cover of "Close to You."] ~ Thom Jurek
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Rock - Released June 6, 2006 | Rhino Atlantic

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Pop - Released May 11, 1993 | Atlantic Records

Marc Cohn's second outing manages to easily overcome the sophomore curse -- the material here is strong, relaxed, very assured, managing to be dramatic without being blatant. The overall album is warm and hypnotic, covering a variety of moods. It's a terrific and subtle piece of work. ~ Steven McDonald
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Pop - Released March 17, 1998 | Atlantic Records

Burning the Daze, Marc Cohn's third album, finally appeared in the spring of 1998, nearly five years after the release of his second, Rainy Season. Although he was out of the spotlight for many years, he didn't use his sabbatical to explore new music. Essentially, Burning the Daze follows the same musical pattern as his first two albums -- it's adult contemporary pop with slight folk and country influences. Cohn tends to polish his productions a little too much, which lessens the melodic impact of the songs somewhat. Still, there are a number of solid songs here, plus contributions from such artists as Patti Griffin, T-Bone Wolk, Kevin Smith and Rosanne Cash, that make the album worthwhile for fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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International Pop - Released May 24, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

Marc Cohn is one of the finest debut albums of the 1990s, and it brought adult piano pop back to the radio. Every song is well-crafted, and Cohn's singalong choruses, introspective lyrics, and vocal stylings reveal his '60s soul and '70s singer/songwriter influences. His voice is rich, but has a roughness that adds emotion when stretching to the upper end of his range while remaining subtle at the lower end. Marc Cohn shows himself to be an accomplished and versatile songwriter, from the uplifting gospel opener "Walking in Memphis," the hit for which he is widely known, to the concluding love letter "True Companion." Cohn has a great ear for melody and a keen eye for detail that immediately grab your attention and reward the listener with repeated plays. The album's highlight, "Silver Thunderbird," is a prime example of Cohn's ability to combine storytelling with an unbelievably catchy chorus. It is not surprising that the songs played on piano work better than those written for guitar; however, the album is surprisingly consistent, even for a debut. This album is worth checking out for any listener who wonders where the tuneful pop and soul of the Big Chill era went. ~ Vik Iyengar
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Soul - Released July 19, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

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Rock - Released July 13, 2010 | Time-Life Music