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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0002XK4FG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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1. Go No More A-Roving
2. Because Of
3. The Letters
4. Undertow
5. Morning Glory
6. On That Day
7. Villanelle For Our Time
8. There For You
9. Dear Heather
10. Nightingale
11. To A Teacher
12. The Faith
13. Tennessee Waltz

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The follow-up to Ten New Songs, legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen releases Dear Heather, twelve new songs plus a live rendition of the old country standard "Tennessee Waltz".

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Anyone who thinks that rock stars should have a retirement age is obviously not a big Leonard Cohen fan. Aged 70, Cohen has rolled out Dear Heather, which stands, alongside Ten New Songs and I'm Your Man as proof positive that there is life after youth for this part-time monk. But even on his early albums, Cohen sounded positively ancient, wise beyond his years- you get the feeling that he's at the age he was born to be, and Dear Heather feels like the album he's been waiting to make. As soon as it starts, you know it's not going to be anything less than classic Cohen. His deep rich croon, weathered slightly through the ravages of age, has matured like an oak tree, betraying enough expression that even a man of 50 would sound immature with his words. Musically, he's ably supported primarily by soft keyboard textures and female vocals that sooth the rough edges of his voice, but nothing too obtrusive to blunt his vision. Impossible to pick a standout, the album works as a whole piece, and even when Cohen tackles country standard "The Tennessee Waltz", its heartbreaking content make it sound like his own work. Essential. --Thom Allott

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on 19 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
As with other reviewers, I concur that one first experiences bafflement, then dawning realization that this is yet another example of a genius at work. Those who characterise LC's work as: "Music to commit suicide by" just do not get the irony and subtle humour of a man who is simply irrepressible. My star track is: "To a Teacher" with phrases like: "Where the shadows live in the rafters like day-weary bats" and: "I have entered under this dark roof as fearlessly as an honoured son enters his father's house" - almost orgasmic, which is how music and poetry should be. If you are getting less then you are missing out. My main complaint about LC is that he has spoilt my life by making other lyricists seem pale by comparison; nobody else comes close and, even if one cannot grasp the full intricacies of his musings (like me!), it is still a combination of mood and phraseology, along with innovative use of delightfully obscure instrumentation and high quality arrangement, that stuns the soul and uplifts the spirit. This is a must for your collection - how can so many people miss the point?
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Woodhouse on 29 Nov. 2004
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I'm a late-comer to Leonard Cohen and it was the slinky soulfulness of '10 New Songs' that first got me listening. 'Dear Heather' has one or two tracks that would fit easily on that album but generally is far more varied, intriguing, and ultimately more interesting.
The growling voice is deeper than ever, and is once again augmented by female support. On the tracks where he more or less recites poems he forces concentration on the words by repetition and simple musical arrangement, creating a powerful atmosphere on 'Villanelle For our Time' especially. By turns funny, sad, libidinous and political, this is an album of varying mood but consistent quality (although the final live track feels irrelevant).
'Dear Heather' is likely to annoy some, it feels resolutely un-commercial and it is undeniably challengingly varied. But to my ears it sounds like an artist comfortable with producing the songs and moods he wants without corporate blandification. Unique and characterful, not better than '10 New Songs' but richer in many ways.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 30 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
After 2001's Ten New Songs, Cohen returns with a stunning new album, which clearly show than certain artists in their seventies, thankfully, are far from done with honing in their well-crafted wisdom.
Unlike his last album, Sharon Robinson's production allows Cohen's voice to carry the heft of these poems, whether sung or spoken. Actually, where Ten New Songs was more a collaboration than Leonard's solo album, Dear Heather finds her providing great vocals -specially in the The Letters- and more measured in the use of female back-up singers.
As far as I'm concerned, this is the work of a man who has meditated on mortality and found peace and reasons for gratitude, and yet remains unsentimental although more tender about his life. Here, Cohen's poignant and breathtaking poetry achieves a clarity only matched by its courage.
The first two examples which come to mind are Because Of ("Because of a few songs / Wherein I spoke of their mystery, / Women have been / Exceptionally kind / to my old age."), and The Letters (The wounded forms appear: / The loss, the full extent; / And simple kindness here, / The solitude of strength"), which are gorgeous expressions of a man settling accounts, whether thay may need to be apologies or gratitude.
Ultimately, this album shows more hope than somberness. Although Cohen could be called an elder of the dark and brooding song, he's, beneath it all, struck by beauty and loyal to a richer soul. This is an album about a vibrant life bared for examination, and the lesson is love, love above all else.
As he says in Villanelle For Our Time, a Frank Scott poem he musicalized:
"From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Men shall know commonwealth again
From bitter searching of the heart."
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John-HP on 8 April 2005
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I only own a few Leonard Cohen albums, ` I`m Your Man - The Future - Cohen Live `, I prefer his later work to most of his earlier albums, although some of his earlier songs are absolute jems. Cohen`s latest album ` Dear Heather ` is quirky, mesmerising and I would even say innovative. On some tracks Cohen is singing ( sort of ) on some he`s talking and in parts almost whispering, but this combined with the superb vocals of Sharon Robinson and Anjani Thomas is just entrancing.Other reviewers have detailed the tracks, so I`ll just say this. The first time you listen to this album you may be tempted to turn it off, but if you don`t, and you play it another 3 or 4 times, you may tune in to one of the most beautiful and majestic albums you will ever hear. The only negative comment I would make is the odd inclusion of an apparently 20 year old live track at the end of the album, a rendition of Tennesse Waltz, which in itself is not bad, but seems totally out of place. Anyway you can always just play the first 12 tracks like I do. If you want an album to unwind to late in the evening, you will not find a better album than ` Dear Heather `.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "beetrootgrower" on 27 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Leonard Cohen knows a thing or two about God, not the god of beliefs and dogmas (although I wager LC knows about that too), but the god of the heart, the one which is revealed only through that process of attrition which life seems to present us with over and over again. This album points another shining path towards that truth. Dear Heather joins Ten New Songs as a beacon for everyday mystics trying to make sense of the world. Cohen sings of his heart 'the shape of a begging bowl'. In 'Morning Glory' he dialogues with himself, yearning for the 'transcendental moment' which finally comes 'Oh the morning glory! Oh the morning glory! Oh the morning glory!'. And as always he always reminds us that this is not a saccharine sentimental state, but one hard won 'From the bitter searching of the heart' (taking poetry of Frank Scott here). And he reminds of the sacrifice of ego needed on the path 'It was never me, It was always you' he sings on There for You, a blissful collaboration with Sharon Robinson.
Well, musically I can not say a lot about the album as it is the lyrics which matter to me. Other people will review the musicality better than I can. But I like it. It soothes me. There is an incredible beauty to the melding of the women's voices and style with Cohen's. Would it be going too far to wonder if this represents some sort of resolution of Cohen's own perplexity around the interraction of men and women? There is certainly a tenderness and harmoniousness which although begun on Ten New Songs seems to be taken further in this album.
There are tender love songs here too, more obviously about an earthy beloved than a divine one (although the catagories merge with Cohen, always).
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