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Ten New Songs [Import]

Leonard Cohen Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005Q722
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,660,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Age and Loss 10 Oct 2001
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Format:Audio CD
After nine years since Leonard Cohen's last studio album The Future, was Ten New Songs worth the wait? Mostly, yes. There are three songs on the album which seem destined to join other Cohen classics - the pacy opening track "In My Secret Life", the rich and haunting "A Thousand Kisses Deep" and witty, urban-centered "Boogie Street" in which Cohen seems to be saying goodbye to his years as a zen monk on a mountain outside Los Angeles and coming back into the real world of traffic jams.
Another highlight is the death-haunted "Here It Is", which unexpectedly telescopes romantic love with sickness, drunken falls, bedpans "cardboard and piss" and the thudding, powerful "By the Rivers Dark" which celebrates a life torn between the pleasures of Babylon and a nameless destructive force.
Cohen's voice is as weatherbeaten and low as you'd expect, and if anything even deeper and lower than on The Future, and is beautifully counterpointed by co-writer Sharon Robinson's delicate choruses and backing. The most exquisitely melancholy song on the whole album is surely "Alexandra Leaving". Like so much of Cohen's music this is music for lonely listeners in lonely rooms, or lonely drivers heading across a quiet landscape at dusk.
Though Ten New Songs is synthesizer-based and has many stylistic similarities to The Future the album is significantly different and is much more personal, with no political/social commentary apart from the gestures of the disappointingly weak final track "The Land of Plenty". The arrangements are more stripped down than on The Future (not always a good thing - the synthesizer drumbeat is at times oddly amateurish).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a long wait but worth it 14 Oct 2001
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The great man has returned with more greats---the first three tracks are instantly likeable;A Thousand Kisses deep having tones of The Miracle from The Future album-----the other seven tracks take a bit of listening to;but become stronger and more meaningful with each replay--this is an album for a darkened room,tranquility, and time apart to really listen to lyrics and the voices,and savour the moments.This man always sends those shivers of delight and amazement through me--don't leave it too long til next time Mr.Cohen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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At 67, Leonard Cohen follows the monumental "The Future" with another astonishing release.

As already mentioned by others, this is as much Sharon Robinson's album as Cohen's. If, as some have said, the music sounds like it was played on one of those old Atari or Casio keyboards or a sequencer, then great, because it all works. The instrumental aspects of this album are simple and understated, a case of (a lot) less is definitely (a lot) more.

The vocals show Cohen on as good as form as his voice will ever get. The harmonies of Sharon Robinson add warmth and give the whole a beauty and lustre, so much so that it is a masterpiece.

"The Future" will not be beaten. As an album, it is, in my opinion, Cohen's greatest - and that's saying something when one consider's the brilliance of his previous albums. But on this, "By The Rivers Dark" is the absolute greatest Cohen song I have ever heard. It is a gem - and one of my favourite songs of all-time.

Others which make this another memorable album are "A Thousand Kisses Deep", "Here It Is" and "Boogie Street", but the simplicity of the music and Cohen downbeat lyrics mean that there is something special in all these ten new songs.

A wonderful album - can Cohen do no wrong? I doubt it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Having waited for what seems like an eternity for Mr Cohen to 'come back to the world' from Mount Baldy, it was with great trepidation that I pressed the play button on the CD to listen to '10 New Songs', especially as the collaboration with Ms Robinson meant the work was not entirely his own. The first listening left me unsure, but after a second sitting I knew that the master had returned.
Although '10 New Songs' is much more polished and well produced than many of Mr Cohens' former albums (losing that grainy quality that often leant his albums a certain charm), this does not detract from the continuing poignancy, power and (in defiance of those who term his work as depressing) humour of his lyrics, or the serene beauty of his melodies. All of the songs are gems, especially 'That Don't Make it Junk' (which raises an ironic smile as only Len can do) and 'Alexandra Leaving' which will make you cry with its soaring simplicity. Len's golden drone is beautifully complimented by the dulcet tones of Sharon Robinson, adding depth and lightness in turns.
While '10 New Songs' will never replace 'Songs of..' as my favourite Leonard Cohen album, it nevertheless makes a wonderful and worthy contribution to the work of the greatest poet in song.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Late Discovery 26 Nov 2006
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I have discovered Leonard Cohen at the age of 47 and I sense he is an artist who is appreciated more with life experience.I started off with "Cohen Live" and I have since bought "Dear Heather", "Songs From A Room" and "Ten New Songs". The latter is my favourite and I like every song on the album. The songs acknowledge the mixture of weakness and strength of character which no doubt exists in us all and yet I find the overall tone of the album deeply satisfying and uplifting. The music is subtle but sweetly melodic and the lyrics are profound. For me this is music at its best.
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