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New Skin For The Old Ceremony [CD]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 April 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000024CRD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Is This What You Wanted
2. Chelsea Hotel #2
3. Lover Lover Lover
4. Field Commander Cohen
5. Why Don't You Try
6. There Is a War
7. A Singer Must Die
8. I Tried to Leave You
9. Who By Fire
10. Take This Longing
11. Leaving Green Sleeves

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't you come on back to the war? 15 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
To my mind this is Cohen's best album, achieving an impressive coherence of vision and texture whilst offering more variety of musical tone and timbre than any of his other (not inconsiderable) works. The arrangements are beautifully fitting, the instrumentation is subtle but much richer than on the preceding acoustic guitar oriented albums, and Cohen is in terrific voice, raw with unsuppressed rage and regret on 'Is This What You Wanted' and 'Leaving Greensleeves'. Casual or cloth-eared listeners hold that the Cohen worldview is depressing, but 'New Skin' is ripe with Len's characteristic dark wit and irreverent wordplay, affirming language and melody as (albeit flimsy) bulwarks against life's inevitable humiliations. The songs revel in the bitter comedy of sex and love and the recurrent theme is relationships as war, with the self-styled 'Field Commander Cohen' invariably among the vanquished. But insead of the standard self-pity of the sensitive singer-songwriter, Cohen offers us ironically humorous dissections of his own compromised motives and dirty psychic undercurrents, as well as those of his usually victorious partners. Love is always tinged with hate, adoration with contempt and desire with disgust, so that in the end even the winners in the battle of the sexes are victims of their own worst impulses. As he declares in 'There Is A War', there can be no armistice; the only option is to return to the front and prepare for the next defeat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Skin....Old Ceremony 10 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
I ought to preface this review by stating that I am a committed Leonard Cohen fan, not a casual listener, so I'm judging this album in comparison to Leonard's finest works. And, sad to say, it suffers by that comparison - not that there's all that much wrong with what's here - Chelsea Hotel and Who By Fire are two of LC's most popular songs, still in his concert programme today. The problem is, these are very much his first thoughts on those songs.....anyone who's heard his current touring band's stunning version of Who By Fire will recognise that the original recorded here loses out on most of the song's drama and intensity (though it's by no means bad). The same sort of goes for I Tried To Leave You.

Elsewhere, Take This Longing should have been another great Cohen ballad, but suffers from a slight deficiency in the tune department. And a couple of songs begin to sound almost like filler (unthinkable, really). In fact, you'd be better to seek out live versions of most of these numbers on Cohen's various offically released live albums.

So, only a qualified recommendation, I'm afraid. Still, if this is Leonard Cohen at his second-best, it's still country miles ahead of most people at their peak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This fourth studio album from the master of the singer/songwriter genre, Leonard Cohen, is a bit of a departure form his previous three releases, and one that, for me, works well. Previously famed for a Spartan approach to music, here he uses a wider variety of backing instruments to provide a rich musical palette from which to make his arrangements. However, even though the arrangements are lusher and more intricate, the basics of Cohen's style remain unchanged. The heart of each track is Cohen's intimate, almost poetic, lyrics. Telling intensely personal stories, with tales of love, loss, regret and a degree of political activism, each verse feels lovingly crafted with each word placed carefully for maximum effect. Cohen's style is intelligent, literate and with the occasional flash of humour, making for some memorable lines.

In tone and style it is quite different to Cohen's early output, but this is no bad thing. Life is about change and evolving, and Cohen's style has definitely evolved through the years, with each new album another step along his road of discovery. It is a journey without a destination, and we should be thankful for being allowed to follow. Some people dislike the change, but personally I think his albums are all the better for it - we'd have all got bored long ago if every album he ever made sounded just like the last one. For me this was a step along the road that worked well, and a classic album resulted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but some moments of beauty 24 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
NSTOC is Cohen's fourth studio album released in 1974 by which time the poetry of his debut LP had largely given way to the embittered musings of an artist unhappy with his life and his central relationship with Suzanne Elrod. Despite this, there are still some moments of eloquence and beauty.

The album contains three songs which usually feature on Cohen compilations, the beautiful prayer-like Who By Fire, Take This Longing and Leonard's tribute of sorts to Janis Joplin Chelsea Hotel No. 2. Further highlight include the bongo-led There Is A War and darkly humorous, self-destroying A Singer Must Die whose witty lyrics accompany an attractive tune.

New Skin For The Old Ceremony includes a broader musical palette than Cohen's previous LPs with contemporary and traditional instruments largely replacing the string-section back-up of yore to Leonard's distinct acoustic playing. One good example of a new sound proving effective is the clarinet solo which closes the bluesy Why Don't You Try.

So far so good but NSFTOC does have its shortcomings. The songs overall are not as strong as before and aren't helped by Leonard's bitter lyrics. On the worst occasions, it almost sounds like he is making up the words as he goes along, accompanied by some pub-singer type wailing - such wretched trends are especially prevalent on the opener Is This What You Wanted and closing track Leaving Green Sleeves.

Far from perfect then though there are enough good moments on NSFTOC to outweigh the bad. It's not Cohen's best album by some distance but is worth obtaining if you are already a fan and own other LC LPs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Just what I wanted from Leonard Cohen. Always wanted this one - brilliant. Competing the collection of l cohen albums
Published 9 months ago by D Shufflebottom
5.0 out of 5 stars leonard cohen
all killer, no filler. an overlooked classic i love this album. well crafted songs and great melodies. favourite trackis track 6
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Roger Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars New songs in the old style
A must for all Leonard Cohen aficionados. Cohen never fails to please, despite the thoughts expressed by his denigrators. A welcome addition to the genre.
Published 10 months ago by Leslie Forester
5.0 out of 5 stars So brave and so sweet
Musically, this must be Leonard Cohen`s most varied album. With the hugely talented long-term Cohen cohort John Lissauer arranging as well as playing woodwinds and keyboards, and a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by GlynLuke
3.0 out of 5 stars Old skin.
First heard this back in the 70's. Too young to appreciate the bitterness in many of the songs then. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. I. D.
4.0 out of 5 stars What it's all about....
I've read the chapter on Leonard Cohen in Edward Whitelock's book Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music, and now have a much better understanding of... Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Gerrida
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen - New Skin for the Old Ceremony
One of my favourites - a CD for fans or newcomers to Cohen's work. Some great lyrics and as always talented back up singers and musicians
Published on 21 May 2009 by Y. Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
As the caption says, Not impressed. Would not recommend this if you like the "Normal" Cohen style. Will keep trying in the hope that it grows on me.
Published on 22 April 2008 by Mr. Robert Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Don't You Try?
I feel compelled to leap to the defence of New Skin. Though I can say absolutely without doubt that it is not his greatest album, it contains at least three of Cohen's greatest... Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2007 by pikeyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a great fan of LC - but I can't completely love this CD
I have all of Leonard Cohen's CD's as they are really cheap now and my LP collection of LC from the 70's onwards isn't a patch on the sound quality of these re-released CD's (and... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2006 by Keith_Joseph
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