Since 2001, Leonard Cohen has come alive musically. He had released the successful and well-received Ten New Songs, following that up with Dear Heather a few years later in 2004. Before that, his last studio release was The Future way back in 1992.
Following a highly publicized and well-attended world tour, Leonard Cohen released several related live offerings, Live In London (2009), and Songs From the Road released just a year later. Both live albums represent the phenomenon that has revitalized the Leonard Cohen that many of us had known and loved for many years prior.
Although Leonard Cohen is now 77, our Hall of Famer hasn’t slowed down too much. Although it’s been a few years since Dear Heather (he’s been out on tour, remember), Leonard Cohen is about to provide his latest new album to a public anxious for it.
On January 31, Columbia Records will release Old Ideas, an album of ten new songs. A single from the album, “Show Me the Place” has already been released and can be instantly downloaded if a pre-order is placed. The new song shows that Leonard Cohen has kept his lyrical prowess intact. Musically, the song reflects the current Cohen style that is heard on both Ten New Songs, and Dear Heather. The song is destined to be a Cohen classic.
Cohen had this to say about his upcoming release: "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 & beauty."
Old Ideas is slated for release on CD, LP, and DD. However you choose to listen to Leonard Cohen, one thing is immediately assured. You will be entertained by one of the great masters of our time.
Leonard Cohen, you're always welcome!