5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Len's return from the mountain was worth the wait.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ten New Songs (Audio CD)
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.