Like many creative people with famous parents before him Adam Cohen strived to make his own name, his own place in the music industry without the link to his father, Leonard. However, to deny your father’s accomplishments is to deny your father and Adam later came to realise that he had no need to backhand the success behind his family name. He states; ‘Like A Man is steeped in my recognizing that I am in the family business. Despite my efforts to carve out a different identity, really I belong to a long line of people who have embraced their father’s business. And to have my father pronounce that I have world-class love songs on my record — Like A Man and What Other Guy — is a deeply gratifying compliment.’ Love songs are what he strived for and love songs are what fills the album. For some this may be the perfect amount of voiced feelings on the matter of the heart, with every song mimicking their very emotions and heart felt pain that lingers with them in love. For others this could just be another compilation of crooning love tales that only remind them of their failures in romance and the repetitive content only forces them to discontinue listening to the whole of the album.
Although the songs remain in their simplicity throughout the album, the subject at hand can become somewhat intense at times with the events in the songs being quite likely to occur in everyday life; unrequited love, all consuming love that removes all inhibitions and the ability to perform every day jobs, jealousy over others and comparisons between partners. What Other Guy tells of the knowledge of a person gained in relationships; the mundane, important, trivial, silly information that you don’t even know you have locked away, the knowledge of each other that connects your thoughts and hearts, knowing someone inside out. In this song though, rather than being romantic it seems almost a tool to prevent that connection from ending, the fact that no one else can know those things acts as a trap.
Following little success from his previous albums, Adam Cohen has been tentative about the release of another but with a new producer with new rules it seems like he’s found his niche. The album title song Like A Man shows him owning up to his previous faults and inciting the growth of finally becoming the man he wants to be. Though 40 years old now, he knows that he has been a late bloomer and perhaps, hopefully, that will be mirrored in his music career.