A gorgeous, soulful alto that envelopes hooks and harmonies; a musically gifted mind that collaborates with Leonard Cohen; a pop sensibility that earns a GRAMMY Award with Patti LaBelle (“New Attitude”)–that’s Sharon Robinson: singer, songwriter, producer and artist.
Sharon’s 2008 debut solo album, “Everybody Knows,” received rave reviews in the US and UK from outlets such as Mojo, Jazziz, The Independent (UK) and the San Francisco Bay Guardian; eventually selling 15,000 units on a shoestring marketing budget—no small feat for an indie release in today’s world of shrinking sales. The set–which Leonard Cohen calls “a masterful work”–includes seven of her own compositions and three songs co-written with Cohen: the classics “Everybody Knows” and “Summertime” along with “Alexandra Leaving” from Ten New Songs, the critically acclaimed 2001 Cohen album which Robinson produced. The seductive electronic production of Ten New Songs is a through-line for Everybody Knows linking memorable melodies and complex emotional themes on the five new compositions and five favorite existing songs.
Accolades for Leonard Cohen’s “Ten New Songs”
(Produced & Co-written by Sharon)
“One of 100 Best Albums of the Decade”
– Rolling Stone, December 2009
” After a half-decade on a Zen mountain, this bard of Montreal finds new insight within ordinary junk. The sound is electronica without beats; the lyrics are unfussily profound. The subject? Nothing heavy. Just life and death.” — Ann Powers, New York Times
10 Best Albums of 2001
“3. Ten New Songs: Leonard Cohen (Columbia):
…a quiet stunner…. It includes two of the most seductive songs you’ll hear this year: “In My Secret Life,” about being haunted by romance past, and “The Land of Plenty….”
– David Browne, Entertainment Weekly
Best Albums of 2001
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