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Editors’ Notes

Latter day Leonard Cohen has been an unusual combination of the Canadian poet's somber romantic lyrics and musical arrangements heavy on synthetic keyboards and robotron drumbeats. This long-in-coming collection, nine years after his previous studio release 1992's The Future, features (as advertised) ten new songs co-written with arranger, producer and performer Sharon Robinson, and while it's her suitably minimalist instrumentation and softening background vocals that create the sympathetic landscape for Cohen to prowl, it's still Cohen's showcase. It's his God-awoken-from-a-deep-sleep vocals coupled with lyrics that sound as if they've come from centuries before (even when they admit to ""turning tricks"") that make these romantic odes so definitive. In another's hands these songs would fall easily into the cliches of soft-rock, but Cohen is too idiosyncratic, too deliberately weird and obscure, and too literate and aware to allow cliches to eclipse his soul and insight. There's an edgy competitive streak to "A Thousand Kisses Deep," an unquenchable sense of loss to "Alexandra Leaving" and "You Have Loved Enough," and a stubborn refusal to give up in "In My Secret Life" and "That Don't Make It Junk" that make Cohen's musical vision impossible to dismiss."

Customer Reviews

Ten New Songs

I picked this CD up from the library mainly because I had never picked up a Leonard Cohen CD. Downloaded it into my Itunes in 2010. Since then I keep coming back to it. I remember painting my basement walls listening to In My Secret Life and thinking "my god, how did I manage to ignore this talented man for so many years". Can't remember the last time I played an album three times in a row .......in fact never. But, with the project I was doing it was perfect and I just wanted to here it again. My wife and I recently had friends over for wine and spaghetti.....I put this on my Bose with the Ipod. Another convert to Leonard Cohen was born. Cohen is a wonderful poet and the arrangements are fantastic. Pay for the download. He's earned it.

Classic

If this doesn't move you probably nothing will. Cohen is the man...

Perfect

I've got this on vinyl but had to get it here so I could listen to it in the car. Beautiful album. A true musician.

Biography

Born: September 21, 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 five 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...
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