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Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen

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With a successful world tour and his “Hallelujah” becoming a first-call contemporary standard, the past few years have been particularly rewarding for Leonard Cohen. On Old Ideas, his 12th studio album, the iconic singer/songwriter/poet continues his exploration of the spiritual, the sensual, and the cycle of life over the course of 10 songs. His unexcitable, half-spoken baritone is a calming, lyrical guide, with vocalists Dana Glover and The Webb Sisters and longtime collaborators Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson providing tonal contrasts. With dual piano and organ accompaniment, “Show Me the Place” has the solemn levity of a modern hymn. The bluesy “Darkness” and the cabaret-friendly “Different Sides” showcase Cohen’s noirish and uptempo sides. “Banjo" has a rural North Americana arrangement, appropriately enough, with an unexpected, Dixieland-like clarinet-and-trumpet interlude.

Customer Reviews

Still Golden

The man with the Golden voice once again blesses us by allowing us a small glimpse into his heart and mind. Old age has taken the once abstract poetry of leonard and refined to to be concise and clear. After he is gone, there will never be another Leonard Cohen which can not be said about many other artist. His latest album brings back more stringed instruments instead of the keyboard that dominated his last several albums. From start to finish, it sounds like your grandpa teaching theology, that is of course; if your grandpa happens to be the coolest old guy around.

The voice, the lyrics & the overall songs and sounds - remarkable

I'll let others dive into the deep and details explaining why this new offering from Leonard Cohen is great. I'll only say that listening to this new album makes me very happy...I love it and love that I can still be moved by new music.

"Vengance Belongs To The Lord!"

.."I'm Old; And The Mirrors Don't Lie!"..Oh; We are all Crazy to Love you; Leonard Cohen!-"Old Ideas" was so worth waiting for; After many months of "Live In Concert" /Greatest Hits/World Traveling/Beat Roadshow!-We can all chant "Hallelujah!" for some brand-new Tone Poems from the Montreal Man with the "Gift Of The Golden Voice!"-Stripped down to the bare Meter & Rhyme; Mr. Cohen digs deep into his familiar bag of tricks and comes up with 10 "Different Sides" that; I believe both the newly initiated and stalwart fans alike are going say; Quoting another Bard; (Van Morrison): "Did Ye Get Healed?"-Amen; Brother Leonard; Amen!!..by Grimmbo.

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 four 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 1960s...
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