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on 28 August 2010
Have listened to this three or four times now. Slightly disappointing, after Live in London, which was a fantastic record - I think perhaps my main feeling is that the format of taking one song from ten or eleven different concerts doesn't really work for a Cohen live album at this stage in his career, where the cumulative rapport / connection he builds with his audience adds so much to the music. Its like finding a collection of technically accomplished sketches, but lacking a narrative.
Thats not to say that there is nothing worth listening to on this record - the opening track, a slightly slower tempo "Lover Lover Lover" was my highlight; its good to have a studio recorded live version of "Waiting for the Miracle", and "Famous Blue Raincoat" was another obvious high point - but the latest versions of many classics (which already have several live avatars) - Hallelujah, Suzanne, Bird on a Wire - all fell well short of the same songs in London versions, in my opinion.
One other comment, apart from the musician on winds, the band seem to feature less prominently. In particular, while you can still here the strings of the exceptionally talented Javier Mas, they seem to have been mixed more into the background.
Overall, worth buying to add to the collection, but not his best. I haven't seen the DVD, though, thats one caveat.