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The 80-year-old Canadian poet and singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen teamed up with producer Patrick Leonard, a man who’s previously handled the more limber rhythms of Madonna. Together, they made a soothing yet adventurous album: Cohen’s 13th studio release, Popular Problems. “Nevermind” coasts on a pulsing synth-led beat while the expected female vocal choir unexpectedly turns to an Arabic chant for peace (“salaam”). “My Oh My” adds a touch of horns. But while this expands the musical portion of Cohen’s efforts, the focus here is still on his rumbling voice (which sounds like he’s met Moses) and his lyrics (which never settle for passable when transcendent is still within reach). Cohen claims “Born in Chains” took 40 years to get right. On the opening track, Cohen turns the joke on himself. “Slow,” he admits, is how he likes most things, as if his fans hadn’t noticed. Getting it right is more important than rushing to keep pace. “A Street” turns its attention to 9/11 with a poignancy that resonates 13 years after that horrible day, with a lingering ache guiding Cohen’s continued eloquence and honesty. 

Customer Reviews

A Gift

With just one cut to hear (Almost Like The Blues) I’m again floored at this man’s ability to weave words and music into to fabric that's beautifully dyed in truth. This is the Man... and another album from him at eighty is a gift.

The Master of Song with the Golden Voice does it again

I have listened to the whole album on NPR and I must admit it is one of the greatest albums I have listened to of Cohen's and one of the best I have heard so far this year. I saw him a year ago and I was forever changed and it appears he is nowhere done to outdoing himself. I am only 21 years old, but I love Leonard Cohen and may his words live on forever! Happy Birthday Leonard and I hope to see you soon. This album is a must buy!

FOREVER COHEN

I have been a Leonard Cohen fan since the sixties. I am not in my sixties. He is without a doubt a songwriter's songwriter. He somehow manages to bring out the poet in all of us in the sense that because of him, we are thrilled and enlightened by the sheer majesty of words.

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 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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