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Adam Cohen

 

"I thought I'd learned my lesson on the last record. A pretty towering lesson. That whatʼs most important to me are my roots, my family, my home and ultimately 'knowing thyself'."
Three years ago and three albums into a career that began with his 1998 self-titled debut, Cohen decided that he and the music business should call it quits. Talked into giving it one last go, he released his best and biggest album to date. Like A Man (2011) was an elegant, intimate beauty. His songs, performed on a nylon-string guitar, both had a deep connection and engaged in deep personal conversation with one of his greatest musical influences, Leonard Cohen. Adam's father. As MOJO said, this was an album in which Adam Cohen "set about a quiet rapprochement  with his DNA." It was also, as Leonard Cohen said, an album of "world-class  love songs." A critical and commercial success, it brought Adam a gold album, a long world tour and great anticipation for the follow-up.

In a break between concerts, he went into the studio and emerged with a new album, which he scrapped. It didn't feel honest. “I realized that I needed desperate measures to keep me honest and also to relieve me of the anxiety of following up the only successful record I've ever made. However deliciously I had been in orbit, touring with that record, I needed to tap into something more terrestrial, more rooted and real."

We Go Home, Cohen's  fifth album, is by all definitions  homemade.  He recorded  his songs in rooms as familiar to him as his name. Since the band was playing in Europe, Adam decided to set up shop in the little white house on the Greek island of Hydra where he had spent much of his childhood.  "Making an album in the comfort of home on makeshift equipment