Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen
From our master singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, here are ten new songs that mine the heart, shake the body and break the boundaries as everybody knows only Leonard can do. A signature of our time, Leonard's baritone holds us like the voices of Hank, Frank and Ray. These are songs that nobody knows and everyone will treasure.
Fans were given a hint of what to expect when Cohen made remarks as the recipient of the Principe de Asturias Prize for literature in Spain in October 2011.
"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."
The album was produced with Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Complementing Cohen's signature baritone on Old Ideas are the exceptional vocalists Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer Warnes. The album's cover design and drawings are Cohen's own.
Old Ideas is the twelfth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released on January 27, 2012 in some countries and later on January 31, 2012 in the US. On January 22 and 23 respectively, it was streamed online on NPR and The Guardian websites. RollingStone magazine praised the album, giving it four and a half out of five stars.
ll songs written by Leonard Cohen, except where noted.
"Going Home" (Cohen, Patrick Leonard) - 3:51
"Amen" - 7:36
"Show Me the Place" (Cohen, P. Leonard) - 4:09
"Darkness" - 4:30
"Anyhow" (Cohen, P. Leonard) - 3:09
"Crazy to Love You" (Cohen, Anjani Thomas) - 3:06
"Come Healing" (Cohen, P. Leonard) - 2:53
"Banjo" - 3:23
"Lullaby" - 4:46
"Different Sides" - 4:06