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Old Ideas CD

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  • Audio CD (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0067LY4WG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Going Home
  2. Amen
  3. Show Me The Place
  4. The Darkness
  5. Anyhow
  6. Crazy To Love You
  7. Come Healing
  8. Banjo
  9. Lullaby
  10. Different Sides

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Old Ideas, the lauded poet's first studio album in eight years, addresses some of the most profound quandaries of human existence--the relationship to a transcendent being, love, sexuality, loss and death. Arguably the most overtly spiritual of the revered artist's albums, Old Ideas inspires commitment to a greater sense of compassion and decency.
While the recording of Old Ideas began in earnest in January 2011, many of the new songs and their lyrics have been in the works for years. Early versions of two album tracks, "Amen" and "Lullaby" were originally recorded in 2007, while early versions of “Lullaby” and “The Darkness” were performed live during Cohen's recently concluded, sold-out world tour. Fans were given another hint of what to expect when Cohen made remarks as the recipient of the Principe de Asturias Prize for literature in Spain in October 2011. “As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. And the instructions were these...Never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty."
The album was produced with Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Complementing Cohen's signature baritone on Old Ideas are the exceptional vocalists Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer Warnes. The album's cover design and drawings are Cohen's own.

BBC Review

When Leonard Cohen astonished his fans by deigning to visit the UK for a brace of shows in the summer of 2008, at least in London the loudest cheer of a night almost idolatrous in its appreciation came with the delivery of two lines from Tower of Song. "I was born like this, I had no choice," sang the then 73-year-old Quebecer, "I was born with the gift of a golden voice." With the clock hands now pointing at a quarter to 80, if anything the old boy’s voice has become more gravely resonant than it ever did. At certain points during Old Ideas it’s not difficult to imagine whales and dolphins surging out to deeper waters in fear of an earthquake.

In modern music it is commonplace for ageing performers to attempt to prove that they have a lust for life capable of defying gravity’s pull. But one of the striking things about this always striking album is just how unvarnished is the sound of its creator’s relative fragility: "I love to speak with Leonard, he’s a sportsman and shepherd," sings the narrator on Going Home, before adding, "He’s a lazy bastard living in a suit." On the second line Cohen’s voice cracks with such emphasis as to suggest this suit might be one of the last he wears. For a man with a gleam in his eye of such impishness as to make Sir Les Patterson seem decorous, this is startling stuff indeed.

As with any album to which Leonard Cohen puts his name, Old Ideas is a work which displays great finesse. The music presented is gentle, even fragile, with backing vocals and instrumentation similar to that heard during his brace of UK concerts four years ago. But as ever, it is the author’s sense of poetic balance that renders this release as being a work of art. It is said that for every verse that makes it onto the lyric sheet, a further 10 make it to the floor. Such prudence bears dividend throughout this album. On the mysterious Banjo, he sings of an object of dread floating on "a dark infested sea": "It’s coming for me darling, no matter where I go / Its duty is to harm me, my duty is to know."

A quite brilliant release from an unmissable artist.

--Ian Winwood

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Some said that Leonard Cohen only brought this album out to cover his financial set-backs from recent times. Not true. He is still the poet-singer that allow the gravel-growl of his soul to fly free. It is not only his ability to express the journey of modern man and the lost and found boxes we discover along the way. It is also his ability to laugh at himself and to wink at his adorning fans that makes this a very touching and human affair.

As someone who has spend time with all his CDs, this collection of songs bring something different even though it is unmistakably Cohen. It is scattered with existential reflections on time and age. On Going home he sings, "Going home without my burden, Going home behind the curtain, Going home without this costume that I wore". On Crazy to Love you he refelects on the mirrors that don't lie, but also continues on his long-standing love affair with love in its many forms.

This would please any long-standing Cohen fan, but would also speak to anyone who lives, loves and longs for the questions to be answered.
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Big Fan - 'nuff said.
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What can I say of course we love it, its Lenny!
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I've bought 4 CD's of Leonard Cohen's recently. I'm still waiting for a duff one to turn up. Thus far it hasn't & I very much doubt that it will. Beyond comparison. Superb. To listen to his music was for me a life changing experience.
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The vinyl is exceptionally well recorded and each track is a gem. Absolutlely love it and that reasonating vibrant voice..........
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