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Eddie Cohn - If I'm Happy it Ends Review

by Ashleigh Hill

So it Ends Then?

For some reason I'm always excited to see an album cover featuring a forlorn looking man accompanied only by his cast aside guitar. The formulaic image can yield good or bad results.

If I'm Happy it Ends begins with "Away From Here," a quality starter, discounting the almost creepy chorus (they come/they come/ they come to take you away from here) you're sure to get stuck in your head. I would describe Cohn's voice as an odd but very good mating between Damien Rice and Pearl Jam's cover of Last Kiss. Cohn's style is hard to define, but if it were easy he really wouldn't have achieved much.

Highlights of this album include "The Other Woman," "Wilderness," and "Blindly." Cohn's title track concludes If I'm Happy it Ends beautifully. In fact, all of Cohn's slower tracks provide a scratchy poignancy, captivating really.

If there is a downfall to Cohn's disk it isn't his choice in melody or instrument, but in his lyrics. It's not that they're wrong or inappropriate or even insincere, it's that some of them don't make very much sense. For example "All the Way with You" includes the line "we made love like pigeons learn to sing". I can't picture it. Usually the pigeon instantly brings on thoughts of dirty city streets, not love. Still, I don't really care if pigeons sing or even if it's beautiful. I like the song. I like Eddie Cohn. Besides, remember the "Mr. Jones" of Counting Crows fame? Comprehension is secondary when the music is extraordinary. Eddie Cohn certainly earns the right to stand despondent, not too far away from his guitar with If I'm Happy it Ends.

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