NeuFutur has been lucky enough to review a number of titles of Cohenâ€™s discography, and we were presented with a copy of eir latest, â€œHow I Want To Dreamâ€. The disc starts out with the titular track, which melds absolutely sick guitar lines with a slower set of vocals. The track, despite only taking up about three minutes of the total time on the disc, sets the stage well for the rest of the album. â€œThere Was A Boyâ€ continues Cohenâ€™s work, and it provides a more intricate introduction oto Cohenâ€™s work than had been present during the discâ€™s first salvo.
The set of influences that come forth during this track are different than those first broached during â€œHow I Want To Dreamâ€, imbuing the track with more of a blues and jazz set of styles. â€œSo Ashamedâ€ is the one of the most memorable tracks on the album, with a harmony that will be hard to ever remove from oneâ€™s head. There is not too much in the way of instrumentation on the track, but the vocals here are what really set the stage for an excellent song here. â€œSheâ€™s My Hallelujahâ€ begins with an interesting time signature played out by the vocals; where most musicians would struggle to make this work, Catman Cohen kicks it up a further notch with a sometimes-ode to Leonard Cohenâ€™s â€œHallelujahâ€. While it is its own unique song , the homage that Catman creates during this track gives listeners further motivation to listen to the rest of â€œHow I Want To Dreamâ€. Listeners that come out of â€œSheâ€™s My Hallelujahâ€ are treated to the discâ€™s next single, â€œFade Into Youâ€.
â€œFade Into Youâ€ is a slower track that with have everyoneâ€™s lighters and cellphones out; the disc opens up with the inclusion of guitars that gently swell and provide further pomp to the track. Where â€œSheâ€™s My Hallelujahâ€ took on Leonard Cohen, there is definitely a more â€œBat Out of Hell IIâ€ (Meatloaf) type of cinematic rock feel to the track. Twelve tracks and Catman comes out stronger than before; there is evolution and progression with â€œHow I Want To Dreamâ€ that makes me want to listen to any follow up releases that ey may put out there in the next few years.
Top Tracks: Fade Into You, So Ashamed
Catman Cohen â€“ How I Want To Dream / 2009 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.catmancohen.com