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Old Ideas (Vinyl) [Limited Edition]

Leonard Cohen LP Record
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. Going Home
2. Amen
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4. The Darkness
5. Anyhow
6. Crazy To Love You
7. Come Healing
8. Banjo
9. Lullaby
10. Different Sides

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Vinyl LP pressing includes a CD of the album. 2012 album from master singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. Here are 10 new songs that mine the heart, shake the body and break the boundaries as everybody knows only Leonard can do. A signature of our time, Leonard's baritone holds us like the voices of Hank, Frank and Ray. These are songs that nobody knows and everyone will treasure. 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.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A light for the lost Feb. 4 2012
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Leonard Cohen has been old for a long time, yet it seems that something even older has been speaking through his voice for even longer. "I know my days are few", says the voice in one of these new songs, and those of us past 60 will perhaps best appreciate that feeling. But a deeper and far more universal feeling has come across in Cohen's music ever since his first album, and it's never been more authentic than it is in "Old Ideas".

What's old about this record, and yet again renewed, is "the penitential hymn" and the plea for mercy from an unbending Law and a Lord whose grace is given but rarely. Cohen's persona is at once the victim, the perpetrator and the observer, but never the innocent bystander, of life in this world -- rather a withstander, who stands with the rest of us even when we stand against each other. His time-ravaged voice, his words polished as rocks left behind by a glacier long ago, "gather up the brokenness" of all our hearts.

This time around we have ten songs of three to five minutes each, and every one is deeply resonant. As usual with Cohen, but more than ever here, the boundary line between speaking and singing, between poem and song, almost disappears. Yet this album is surprisingly tuneful -- not upbeat of course, but achingly melodic, and the arrangements bring this out with a variety of contributions from solo violin, cornet and other instruments. Indeed this is more varied musically than many of Cohen's records, each song having its own sound, and as we learn from the liner notes, its own set of producers, arrangers, engineers and musicians collaborating with Cohen. The women's voices (including those of Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, the Webb Sisters, and Jennifer Warnes) are especially and variously wonderful here.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PROPER LEONARD COHEN ALBUM AT LONG LAST? Feb. 7 2012
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This review will address the big question: is Old Ideas a proper Leonard Cohen album like The Future, his last (20 years ago) great effort? The only thing on the two studio albums subsequent to The Future that matched any of his highs was "In My Secret Life", deceptive opener to 2001's Ten New Songs. That track had rinky-dink instrumentation and eternal truth in just the right combination, the kind that floored listeners of the album I'm Your Man.

It's of course silly to complain that Laughing Len sings about death too much. Death is one of the life forces of poetry, Leonard's other great line of work. Death is an understandable preoccupation of almost all art, and just about every kind of music apart from the fluffiest pop consciously drenches itself in it. So, that Cohen studies the process and ideas of death is unremarkable in itself.

The old ham has been closing down, ageing and dying with particular vigour for nearly quarter of a century, though. It's a paradoxically sincere shtick, and it began in earnest with "I Can't Forget" and "Tower Of Song".

Death is closer than ever. Leonard Cohen has had to come out of retirement for Old Ideas and these poetic last throes are, in line with the natural order of things, more real than ever.

How well put are the goodbyes on Old Ideas, though, given that Leonard Cohen said them all a few times a long time ago, eased himself into retirement, artistically said hello to death, all that? Do "Going Home" and what follows make for a curious encore?

Leonard Cohen is markedly paradoxical. His lavish humility tells you he's long sustained a tremendous ego. If he leaks self-aggrandisement in the studio, he does so most in his penchant for anthems. A couple turn up on Old Ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lenny Cohen lives on April 13 2012
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I bought this album recently and am completely hooked. I've been listening to it over and over again. I pretty much grew up with his music over the years and have seen his voice change, but the quality of poetry never does. I guess that is one aspect that has ruled supreme since his emergence from McGill university years ago. This is not just good songwriting, but complex poetry and emotions put forward simply through haunting melodies. Thank God for the liner notes with this CD as the words resonate crystal clear. It is whispered in your ear with melody and sometimes ...just a word whisper, slowly softly. Lenny Cohen is always reflective and self critical, even when he is commenting on society in general, and this one comes out right on top. Love it. I hope here is a message in this for record companies that have pushed an excessive amount of (c)rap with bad poetry, hip hop with uncontrolled angst and low level pop for mass consumption. After many years and decades of suffering (and perhaps led by You Tube revival), good melody, good poetry and just mature creation by the Masters is back. Thank God for 'old ideas'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars funeral music all on the dark side March 5 2013
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So dark and depressing I listened to it once and put it away. I normally like Leonards poetry as it is so deep and rich ,but this was all too much the same and without the hit "Closing time " that I was looking for .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply thoughtful album April 4 2012
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Leonard Cohen again shows why poetry and music are such a potent combination in his hands. He just keeps getting deeper into the heart of meaning and thought. Excellent album worth listening again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album by Leonard ever
There are no tracks on this that I don't like and 3 that I really love. Of course, there's very little that L.C. puts out that I don't like.
Published 9 months ago by Stephen M Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Ideas
This was purchased for my husband's birthday ..unfortunately he is in Europe right now so will tell you later but we know it will be wonderful as we have other cd from Mr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Prague Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohen Still Works His Magic
Leonard Cohen's "Old Ideas" surprized me by being not "old" at all. There is a freshness in the new material that was unexpected. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Celluloidphile
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
This is Leonard Cohen as always, great songwriter, great voice. I totally enjoyed it and will again for many years. And by the way, it arrived sooner than I expected. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Annette Boudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Old ideas made fresh
Cohen's brand still holds: spiritual yearning and poignant memories leavened with sly, self-deprecating humor. Truly a troubadour for the ages.
Published 17 months ago by Barbara Black Peden
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical
Sublime.....what more can one say about Leonard and his music? Love the CD and will buy more for gifts. Excellent.
Published 17 months ago by Gale Lynn Babin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing to me Leonard!!
Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! HIs last album is even better than than his first!!! How does anyone do that!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sweet Baby Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a fan then you cannot go wrong with this album.
There were two CD's in Leonard Cohen's collection that I listen to every now and then and love and they are "The future" and "10 new songs". Now there is three. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chris Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs another vocalist
Some of the tracks have too much of Leonard's scratchy and off tune voice. His album of songs done by Jennifer Warren is much better
Published 21 months ago by Neil C
4.0 out of 5 stars Leonard Cohen fidèle à lui-même
La livraison a été rapide et sans avarie et m'a permis de faire l'écoute du CD rapidement. Read more
Published on March 31 2012 by chalif02
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