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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As someone who is a lover of both Mr. Cohen's and Mr. Glass's work - It is tragic that the combination of the two is such a disappointment. "The Book of Longing" lacks the magic of Mr. Glass's sublime and magical quality, and fails to touch the infinite intensity and beauty that I have always experienced in Mr. Cohen's works, barring an exception or two.

An easily accessible comparison that highlights my perspective is one between "You came to me this morning" on this album, to Mr. Cohen's version on "Recitation W/ N.L." on the album or DVD titled "Live In London". The former does not merely pale in comparison to the latter, but sounds like absurd theatre, while the latter is incomparable poetry rising from the ashes of passion and experience.

I would be remiss not to say that Mr. Glass's music without the vocals is as brilliant as ever, in fact more sublime, intriguing and other worldly than ever. I sincerely hope he publishes it without the vocals. The one thing I find different here compared to Mr. Glass's "Songs from Liquid Days" is that in the latter I could not hear the music and found the vocals discordant. In "The Book of Longing" the beauty of Mr. Glass's *music* easily transitions from the theatrical to mundane to sublime to mysterious. The complex variations he puts his minimalism through is quite simply astounding. But sadly the amalgamated production of two great ones is lesser than either alone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2008
I was thrilled to learn that Philip Glass was performing at Toronto's 'Luminato' Festival for the world Premiere of 'Book of Longing', and quickly bought a ticket to witness one of the greatest composers of our age; I was not disappointed, but left waiting for the release of the recording for this performance.

My only criticism for this CD is that it isn't a live recording, because that was what made it so fantastic to see...still a great piece for any true Philip Glass fanatic, or Leonard Cohen fan for that matter.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Je suis un inconditionnel de Philip Glass. J'ai acheté ce disque pour découvrir Leonard Cohen que je ne connaissais que pour un disque du début de sa carrière. Je m'attendais à ce qui pouvait se faire de mieux en mariant la meilleure musique et la meilleure poésie.

Après une quatrième écoute, je n'en peux plus. C'est pesant au possible. Mon impression est difficilement exprimable ici sans manquer de respect aux artistes. Toutefois j'en ressort profondément assommé et déprimé.

L'impression que j'ai me rappelle celle vécue dans mon enfance. On annonçait la visite d'un éminent évêque catholique dans ma paroisse. J'en étais tout heureux, imaginant pouvant m'abreuver enfin à la source du savoir religieux et poser les questions sur les doutes qui m'assaillaient alors. Il venait alors. Mon coeur et mon esprit étaient tout grand ouverts. Alors venait le flot de sentences, de dogmes incontestables et d'invitations à donner son âme à Dieu; aucune place pour poser des questions. L'effet était des plus terrible. À court terme, je me voyais déterminé à taire mes doutes. Mais au fil des semaines, le doute revenait encore plus fort, non sans avoir subi une période de déprime. Le pire effet de cet épisode était de me faire comprendre qu'il n'y avait peut-être personne dans cette religion pour discuter de mes doutes.

Alors, ma recommandation est d'acheter un autre disque que celui-ci, même un disque de chaque artiste pour m'excuser. Mais de grâce, n'achetez pas celui-ci. Vous risquez de vous mettre à douter des artistes.
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