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In his mid-70s, Leonard Cohen has attained the status of elder statesman and plays the part perfectly, speaking and singing in unmatched eloquent verse and stage banter, graciously thanking his audience for keeping his songs alive and then bringing them to brilliant execution as only Leonard Cohen can. This recording from London’s 02 Arena in July 2008 spans Cohen’s entire career from his initial liftoff with the now standards “Suzanne” and “Bird On the Wire” through his later celebrated work, including the much-covered “Hallelujah,” “Everybody Knows,” “Democracy,” and “First We Take Manhattan.” With a celebrated chorus of supporting singers, a sensitive yet quite active backing band of ambitious guitars, and percolating keyboards, Cohen explores his entire canon with reverence and good humor. The audience returns the favor, cheering wildly when he sings of his “golden voice,” in acknowledgement that no singer has done more with a limited range. If anything, Cohen’s voice has improved with age, the deepening of his lowest range adding an ominous, foreboding darkness to these songs of personal struggle and spiritual grace. 

Customer Reviews

utterly stunning

Quite simply, there has never been a songwriter quite like Leonard Cohen. It took me years to get to his music. Shamefully, I long ago bought into the mythology that he was a merchant of gloom. What utter tosh! His gigs at the O2 last year are among the most uplifting experiences of my life....not just the quality of his songs, or his unbelievably great voice after so many years and cigarettes, but his gracious presence and humility. Leonard, you're an amazing human being - stay with us a lot longer, and give us many more songs!

All the P's

I long since thought I'd missed the opportunity to see LC in concert. How wonderful to be present at the O2 in London. The musicianship and the way the evening was crafted were amazing, one of the best events brilliantly captured in this album.The outstanding Gypsy's Wife sums it up. All the P's: Poetry, Performance and Perfection.

Buy this album

If you buy one album this year, buy this one. I was dithering over buying it because I have almost all the songs on other albums, but I am so glad I did. Here you have some amazing performances of beautiful songs. This performance & album are destined for legendary status. Thanks to LC for this album, and maybe he can now move up a floor in the tower of song.


Born: 21 September 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most fascinating and enigmatic -- if not the most successful -- singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen has retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who is still...
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