I have been a fan of Leonard Cohen for a little shy of a decade, and view him as a great poet with a tremendously powerful voice and an even more tremendously tortured soul. That being said, I was grossly disappointed with his bland and lyrically prosaic 2004 release, ‘Dear Heather.’
In January he released his latest (and at 77 probably his last) album ‘Old Ideas’ which wikipedia described as being, “by far Cohen’s highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200.” I just listened to it for the first time.
Tracks like ‘Going Home,’ ‘Darkness’ and ‘Different Sides’ are the reason I got into Cohen in the first place. They’re dark, introspective, visual and visceral: the pure expression of—and pure confrontation of—feelings most people shy away from. The only track on the album that feels like filler is the honestly somewhat inspid ‘Banjo’ which just seems half-baked at best and ill-conceived at worst.
ARTIST: Leonard Cohen
ALBUM: Old Ideas