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Who By Fire: Live Tribute To Leonard Cohen


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Record Label: Columbia Records

Format: Album


Release Date: 26/03/2021

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Performed across two nights at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm in March of 2017, the 20-track recording is a theatrical staging of Leonard Cohen’s songs, poems, and letters. Conceived and anchored by First Aid Kit, the Swedish sister duo were joined by an array of fellow Swedish guest artists, an 8 person band & strings, and two actors, as well as a 20+ person choir on two of the songs. 

Klara and Johanna, longtime fans and greatly inspired by Leonard Cohen, were deeply saddened by his passing in November of 2016. At the time, First Aid Kit shared: “… If you ever put a guitar in our hands and ask us to sing, we will always play ‘Suzanne.’ When we heard it for the first time we were transfixed. ‘How does one do that?’ we thought. ‘How does one write like that?’ One doesn’t, we suppose, only Leonard Cohen does… In the midst of this deep sadness, we are so intensely grateful… [His art] has been a guiding light for us for these past ten years since we started making music, both a consolation and an arrow pointing at where to strive…”

Speaking today about Who By Fire, the Söderberg sisters say: “We recently listened back to this concert and realized that this was something out of the ordinary for us. It was a challenge to create a performance that wasn’t centered around First Aid Kit songs. It was something we’d never done before, but everything came together so well. Dwelling deeply into Cohen’s world was a pleasure, he was so prolific as both a poet and a songwriter, and everything he ever put out held a very strong standard. He cared immensely for his work. The band, the guest artists, the atmosphere on stage…everyone had a great passion and it felt magical. This is definitely a record that is best enjoyed listening to back-to-back with no interruptions. Allow yourself to just disappear into Cohen’s world for a little while.

Track Listing
  1. Tired
  2. Suzanne
  3. Sisters Of Mercy
  4. Who By Fire / As The Mist Leaves No Scar
  5. Twelve O’Clock Chant
  6. Everybody Knows
  7. Avalanche
  8. The Future
  9. Chelsea Hotel #2
  10. You Want It Darker
  11. If It Be Your Will
  12. The Asthmatic
  13. Famous Blue Raincoat / Anthem
  14. Show Me The Place
  15. Hallelujah
  16. Prayer For Messiah
  17. Bird On The Wire
  18. Who By Fire (Reprise) / Letter To Marianne
  19. So Long, Marianne
  20. You’d Sing Too
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