Killer track, though I still am put off by the supremely cheesy sounding synth and female chorus. Please check out the Warren Zevon version of this song, it is one of the few Cohen covers that is better than the original. I don't think he played it on an album, so you'll have to find a live performance, but it's worth it. Zevon totally nails it!
Hardly would we find people who do not recognize him as one of the leading singer of our time. He was able to develop his "concise" way of singin, surprising the audience smooth and intense sound. Possessing an expressive technique, he will satisfy the tastes of his supporters and will appeal to experienced music lovers of the "classic" school.
Actually... I don't think I've listened to this since the first time I heard I'm Your Man, and I'm Your Man was the first Cohen record I ever heard (what a terrible place to start)... so, granted it sounds so much better now! In fact, pretty frickin' cool.
Cohen said he was trying to get into the mind of a megalomaniac dictator, as he did from time to time. I think he succeeded. Always feel uneasy when I hear the word Manhattan in this context, given the future that was then to be.