Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Revered songwriting icon returns with his first studio album in eight years and what some are calling his "most overtly spiritual" album in a musical career spanning more than four decades...two songs -- "Amen" and "Lullaby" were originally recorded in 2007 -- and Cohen performed "Lullaby" and new song "Darkness" during his most recent worldwide tour // Release: Old Ideas (January 31, Columbia) // Sounds like: Cohen's voice -- "a force of supernature" says the BBC -- is in fine form, strengthened in recent years from his extensive concert performances...backing vocals are provided by Dana Glover, long time musical partner Sharon Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer Warnes...in sum: a remarkable achievement and essential listen...

Quote: “As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. And the instructions were these...Never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity & beauty." // What we like: "Show Me The Place" is one of those songs where you'll want to make sure you're subwoofer is nice and loud. With a voice that sounds like it's deep in the aural subterranean abyss, the haggard growl has now entered surreal territory. And, of course, it's great to hear, a wonder to behold...the bluesy "Darkness" has a richly textured and soulful feel and a surprisingly nimble rhythmic step...

 

Leonard Cohen - "Darkness" (from Old Ideas)

 

Leonard Cohen - "Show Me The Place" (from Old Ideas)