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Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas

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Coal-hating feral hippie
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Anybody heard much on this album yet?

They played "Darkness" on the radio today...dang. Me like.

 

eliot1025

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This is the second song I've heard from Old Ideas. I like them both but I liked the other one even more. I love Leonard Cohen in general. He seems to be a vital, and brilliant artist well into his 70's. There's no one like him.
 

gillman royce

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I never got this guy - always figured it was a ' Canadian ' thing. He could put in for being the first rapper though
 

stephenT

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Been listening to Old Ideas today, it's an excellent album.

Leonard is in great voice; perfect arrangements and Cohen's masterful words,.. can't go wrong.
 

bluesjunior

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Been listening to Old Ideas today, it's an excellent album.

Leonard is in great voice; perfect arrangements and Cohen's masterful words,.. can't go wrong.
:agree, Leonard Cohen must be one of the few people who ever created a masterpiece in their 70's. I think it is that good.
 

alguit

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I've so been looking forward to this-what a body of work, what poetry!
 

Vibrolux

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class act...always has been.

I played on a bill with him in Germany once. It was big (huge) outdoor festival. He was treated like royalty by the promotors and the audience. When he performed there were about 80,000 drunk Germans hanging on every word. It was amazing.
 

MrMunky

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I've had this record on pre-order since last year, and I haven't had a chance to listen to it since it arrived on Monday.

The suspense is driving me nuts.
 
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I wish his voice had held up just a little better.

I do not like the feeling I have to wait on the edge of my seat, unsure of whether he can manage to expel the words.

They're extraordinary; don't get me wrong. But I'd like it all that much better if he didn't require so much help getting the mail delivered.

I dunno. Maybe I am just too cynical now. I get the feeling that Lucinda (Williams) and Tom Waits are just playing games with the listener. The starker, raspier and more pathetic the vocal take, the more likely it seems they are to cut and print that one. These are the most genuine "expression" of the artist's story? Phooey.
 

oldlefty

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Getting better with each listen. We saw him in Kingston earlier this month, I've been into his music and writing since the mid-60's. The songs from this CD held up well against his classics in concert.

I've had it playing while I'm building my tweed.
 

Tycho

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With the caveat that I haven't heard Psychedelic Pill yet, I think Leonard is holding up very well with Joni, Dylan and Neil, his only other real contemporaries. Old Ideas is a really good CD.
 
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I saw him two weeks ago. Incredible show with 29 songs, almost three hours. Some argue his voice has become even better, I don't think it's better or worse, just a different flavor.

I wouldn't also say that the work rests on the words (though they are, by far, the best anyone who has held a guitar has ever written), but the melodies are also very strong. Old Ideas is a new masterpiece.

All in all probably one of the very most important artists of the last 40+ years. Given how little his output is compared to his contemporaries (Old Ideas is only his 12th album), I think that speaks even more to the quality of his work.
 

Spir4L

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I saw him two weeks ago. Incredible show with 29 songs, almost three hours. Some argue his voice has become even better, I don't think it's better or worse, just a different flavor.

I wouldn't also say that the work rests on the words (though they are, by far, the best anyone who has held a guitar has ever written), but the melodies are also very strong. Old Ideas is a new masterpiece.

All in all probably one of the very most important artists of the last 40+ years. Given how little his output is compared to his contemporaries (Old Ideas is only his 12th album), I think that speaks even more to the quality of his work.
I hope to see him live soon! I actually lost his 2012 show because of work =(
 

'58Bassman

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I really dig Cohen! I never heard of him until Bonamassa covered Bird On A Wire and then I started checking his other works...SOLID!
Jennifer Warnes did an album of Cohen's songs in the '80s, called 'Famous Blue Raincoat' and it has SRV playing guitar. Roscoe Beck played bass and produced it. Check that one out.
 




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