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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Our Tower of Song

I once asked a friend about the enduring appeal of Leonard Cohen and just what was it that keeps it going.  “It’s his dependability…”, she replied.  Leonard Cohen is an institution and he never lets me down.”  That comment came to mind last month when it was announced that Cohen would be returning with a new record called Old Ideas. You certainly can’t get any more dependable than those and Cohen’s ‘golden voice’.

Cohen’s press release explains:

“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."

Old Ideas is Cohen's 12th album for Columbia Records, and was produced by Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. The album also features stalwart Cohen guest vocalists Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer Warnes.

Old Ideas
will be available on January 31st but pre-order on his site today for an instant download of “Show Me the Place”

Tracklisting Old Ideas:

01. Going Home
02. Amen
03. Show Me the Place
04. The Darkness
05. Anyhow
06. Crazy To Love You
07. Come Healing
08. Banjo
09. Lullaby
10. Different Sides

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have heard some of this album on the ceebs and it sounds like an amalgam of vintage Cohen and new roads untravelled. (That's good)