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The 02 concert was spoilt only by the distance from the stage, (and by a jerk nearby shouting "Joan of Arc" at every opportunity) but the compensation was the magnificent musical experience offered by Cohen, who reaffirmed just how great a performer and poet/songwriter he is. I saw him at this gig, and again at the Albert Hall (my preferred venue - it seems to have the stately dignity required by an artist of Cohen's stature) and later at Brighton, this time with my 23 year old daughter, who was completely overwhelmed by Cohen. Yet again he demonstrated how comparitively simple musical forms can create works of great profundity, beauty and significance. His musical and lyrical journey through the personal, the political, the spiritual and erotic is one of the wonders of the age. The musical arrangements were beguiling, elegant and subtle, played by a marvellous band lacking only a violin to give plangency and texture in songs such as "Take this Waltz", "Dance Me to the End of Love" and "Gypsy Wife". Otherwise I don't think I have ever heard better versions of these songs, and if this is the last time I see him perform then I shall remain awestruck by the grandeur of his art. If you weren't there, buy it in compensation; if you were, buy it in memory of a great performance. If you've never heard of Cohen before, buy it and experience a height of artistic achievement rarely encountered in "popular" music. And then buy the DVD when it appears.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2009 00:18:47 BDT
The Wolf says:
A wonderfully succinct and affectionate review.
Posted on 8 Apr 2009 00:23:32 BDT
Ms. R. Thirsk says:
wel said David.
Posted on 16 Apr 2009 18:20:18 BDT
I echo Wolf's comment on your review, David. Succinct and affectionate, I agree. My wife , my friend and I saw his Manchester MEN performance, and we were completely spellbound by the whole experience - not just Leonard himself, but the entire musical ensemble. I'm very pleased to see that "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" and "Closing Time" are included on this recording, as he omitted them from the MEN show (my only disappointment that evening).
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