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Ten New Songs [MINIDISC]

Leonard Cohen Mini-Disc
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For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power – he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human ... Read more in Amazon's Leonard Cohen Store

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  • Mini-Disc (2 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00005QJF9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In My Secret Life
2. A Thousand Kisses Deep
3. That Don't Make It Junk
4. Here It Is
5. Love Itself
6. By The Rivers Dark
7. Alexandra Leaving
8. You Have Loved Enough
9. Boogie Street
10. The Land Of Plenty

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For the nine years prior to the release of Ten New Songs the legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen was mostly in a Zen monastery, obsessively rewriting and polishing the oblique, lapidary lyrics for this austere collection. Ten New Songs is arguably Sharon Robinson's record as much as Cohen's--she co-wrote all the songs, plays most of the instruments (primarily a synth that seems to have freshly emerged from a chintzy 1984 power ballad) and accompanies Cohen's gloomy croak with her own crooning. This is the most subdued album Cohen's ever made, which is saying something. It's as if he no longer has time for anything in music or performance that could alter the meaning and force of his words. --Douglas Wolk

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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Age and Loss 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer
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
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Late Discovery 26 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Big G
Format:Audio CD
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of songwriting 19 Oct 2001
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Nine years on - and every day of waiting has been worth it. I thought 'I'm your man' and 'The future' were wonderful, but this is a lifetime's achievement, the result of the most extraordinary reflection and self-transformation. Cohen's lyrics speak of human loss and suffering, with delicacy and compassion, and are married to the most subtle, gorgeous melodies. It's almost addictive. Forget the charts, forget the latest fashion, forget the superficial musings of overrated twentysomethings, and open your ears and heart to music with depth and integrity.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one grows on you 10 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
A long time fan of Leonard Cohen, this album did not really work for me when I first bought it. I enjoyed it and added it to my collection but I didn't want to play it all the time. This January, I started playing it again and I just can't take it off the player. Everytime I decide it's time for a change, I find myself singing along and it stays on and it is now February. If you have not heard it, try it, it will grow on you big time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Growler
Leonard growls his way through this album as beautifully as ever. The lyrics are characteristically poetic and moving. If you love him, you'll love this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R J Ewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Atmospheric Album
In 2001, after a nine year hiatus, Leonard Cohen was out with his next studio album, "Ten New Songs" . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Morten Vindberg
3.0 out of 5 stars CD collection
Just like Marmite..this is a voice that you either like or not. To me it is something I like listening to late at night.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. R. A. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music.
Bought this after rediscovering Leonard Cohen on a BBC show.This is every bit as good as his latest album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by teddybear
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Wonderful songs, Leonard Cohen's voice gets better with the years, and his backing group is brilliant.
I especially love 'Alexandra leaving'
Published 6 months ago by marg24
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not Live at Leeds , but.........
Sorry , I've jumped ahead. I bought this after seeing Leonard live for the first time in Leeds in September 2013. Read more
Published 6 months ago by keith.kitson
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan
the great Leonard Cohen at his best - despite his age he's not lost any vocal power! I'd highly recommend this CD.
Published 6 months ago by kitney
5.0 out of 5 stars As a fan anyway
Heaven. Hypnotic, essential and very direct. Alexandra Leaving is poetic and majestic. The whole album plays for my journey to work, and then back again. I never get bored of it.
Published 7 months ago by Art Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Cohen at best (well nearly)
Good to hear new material from Cohen with an excellent production. Songs may not be quite up to the standard of Cohen in his pomp but well worth the listen and long may he continue... Read more
Published 7 months ago by wallersboy
5.0 out of 5 stars leonard cohen ten new songs
lovely, ive always loved this man when he sings and this is so good, shame we have no new young ones that can give life experience in words like this man does
Published 7 months ago by Cathy Raynsford
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