We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

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We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby jarkko » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:14 am

We are looking for short, pithy, positive comments about Leonard and his tour. These "one-liners" must be taken from newspapers or magazines. They can be headlines of the stories, or quoted from the text itself. Any language will do, but if not English, please let us have both the original text and translation. Let us know the name of the newspaper (and where it is published), the date, and who wrote the line (if the name is shown). The quotation can be about any concert, either the summer or fall tour.

Below is a first selection, to give you some idea what kind of one-liners we are looking for. Most of these have been collected by Marie and several of my friends, and I have chosen these from about 100 quotations.

The tour management may use some of our findings in the future! Marie and I will also put them on our websites at some point.

So, now it is YOUR turn to check you press clippings for more of these!!!


Rzeczpospolita, Poland, October 2, 2008 by Jacek Cieślak

“ Melancholic Canadian said he came to give us a smile, and he took us to heaven.”
“Cohen is the biggest philosopher of the bards”



Chronique du Monde,Canada, May 25, 2008 by Carol Doucet

“Have I convinced you it was indeed the best performance of my life?”


Le Quotidien, Canada, June 1, 2008 by Christiane LaForge

“Unheard of! An intensity that cannot be defined, no words can describe this event.
A unique spectacle. A huge character. Between Leonard Cohen and his audience there is nothing but love”


The Record, Canada, June 4, 2008 by Robert Reid

He delivered a superb concert. He ended by singing, "here's a man still working for your smile." He worked not only for smiles, but for tears of joy.

Record Collector, UK, No. 335:

How many 73 years olds can entertain for three hours with only a 20-minute interval? A sprightly Cohen did four encores, and enthralled and mesmerized throughout


Toronto Star, June 7, 2008 by Ben Rayner

"This was a love-in because the man is the real deal, a songwriter who's contributed so much ageless, gorgeous verse to the English language that he makes one wonder why anyone else even bothers." -


National Post,Canada, June 7, 2008 by Ian McKellar

"This show is one for the ages."


Rolling Stone, June 9, 2008 by Andy Greene

"Cohen poured everything he had into a stunning performance. " -


Independent.ie, Ireland, June 16, 2008 by John Meagher

"What unfolds over two-and-a-half hours is likely to become the stuff of Irish concert lore. Quite simply, it doesn't get much better than this. " -


Independent.co.uk,UK, June 18, 2008 by David Pollock

"That voice is as rich and sexual as it was 40 years ago, and its tonal imperfections are only an enhancement." –


Manchester Evening News, UK, June 18, 2008 by Kevin Bourke

"Surrounded by a team of crack musicians and singers, to whom he often deferred, Cohen magisterially delivered a career-spanning set that seemed to be one highlight after another." -


The Guardian, UK, June 30, 2008 by Laura Barton

"Hallelujah - a real crowd-swelling, arm-waving moment of perfection. As Cohen staggers into the line "love is not a victory march - it's a lonely and a broken hallelujah," half the people in the vicinity start crying. Myself included."


Østlands-Posten, Norway, July 4, 2008

"I have attended a number of festivals and concerts over my career, at both large and small venues, but Tuesday's show with Leonard Cohen in Oslo matched the very best."

Nöje, Sweden, July 4, 2008 by Av Per Hägred

"The most obvious five-star grade I've ever given in my 20 years as a reviewer."


Gaffa, Denmark, July 7, 2008 by Lars Löbner Jeppesen

"Rarely, or let me say never, have there been nine so well balanced and talented accompanying artists coming together in so beautiful a synthesis." -


24heures, Switzerland, July 9, 2008 by Michel Caspary

"His voice deep, made of chalk and silk, has kept all its sweetness, all its fluidity, its full clarity. Cohen is still dancing colors of the shadows and sparks with the same seriousness, the same weight."


Focus Knack, Belgium, July 11, 2008 by Jonas Boel

"Hats off to Leonard Cohen!" -


This Is London, UK, July 18, 2008 by John Aizlewood

" magnificent performance..." -

Typically Spanish, Spain, July 21, 2008 by Enrique Ballester (about the Benicassim festival)

"[Cohen's] performance was possibly the best ever seen at the festival." -

Le Journal du Dimanche, France, July 23, 2008 by Baptiste Piegay

“A concert of unique emotional intensity."-



LaStampa, Italy, July 28, 2008 by Marinella Venegoni

"Hypnotic music... Exquisite arrangements..."


LoSchermo, Italy, July 28, 2008 by Paolo Ceragioli

An incredible experience, exciting and unforgettable.") -


New Statesman, August 4, 2008 by Nichi Hodgson

"An utterly spell-binding performance and the unquestionable highlight of the Big Chill."



Jurnalul National, Rumania, September 22, 2008 by Alex Revenco

A memorable evening with a perfect artist


iDNES.cz,the Czech Republic, September 28, 2008

The Cohen concert was, in the field of popular music, one of the best ever...seen in Prague."


Berliner Morgenpost, Germany, October 5, 2008 by Peter E. Müller

For three hours, he had the audience in his spell."

Turun Sanomat, Finland, October 12, 2008 by Tuomo Karhu

Jewels of the song lyrics for the adoring audience…Utterly magnificent concert, one of those events that will be remembered for years to come."


Etelä-Suomen Sanomat, Finland, October 12, 2008 by Jarmo Hyvvinen

An unorgettable evening with the master



Helsingin Sanomat, Finland, October 12, 2008, by Pertti Avola

The master did not need any superfluous antics. Leonard Cohen is the real master of the arenas.


The Guardian, UK

The golden voice now resembles a boulder rolling down a tunnel: something huge and elemental.

The Telegram, Canada, May 27, 2008 by Justin Brake, titled "He's Your Man"


"Charming Cohen sweeps audience off its feet, time and time again"


Badische Zeitung, Germany, by Bernhard Konrad, July 26:

“Songs for the soul”

MUSIC OMH, July 17, 2008 by Alan Pedder, titled "Leonard Cohen @ The 02, London"

"Cohen is...as persuasive and transcendent as the Orpheus of myth. [Cohen] has the capacity crowd eating right out of his hands."


Q magazine, UK, September 2008 by Peter Kane:

“Laughing Len” comes out of retirement; has the time of his life.


Manchester Evening News, UK, June 19, 2008 by Kevin Bourke:

Masterclass from Cohen the legend


The Independent, June 18, 2008, by David Pollock

A happy return for the master of misery


Evening Standard, UK, July 18, 2008 by John Aizlewood

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen: He’s 73 years old, he ran on stage, sang magnificently for three hours, then ran off…
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby Mollydog » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:04 pm

Hi Jarkko,

Should we post the comments here or send you them via e-mail?

Mary

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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby mickey_one » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:15 pm

"Apart from Bird On The Wire, the shows have been perfect" The Mickey One Record
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby Heike » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:38 pm

Hi Jarkko, hi everyone,

Here are some quotes from the German press:

"Die unkaschierte, schiere Erotik der frühen Jahre ist einer Vergeistigung gewichen, sinnlich und voller Würde."
The straightforward, pure eroticism of his early years gave way to a sublimation which is both sensual and dignified.

"Seine so charakteristische Stimme hat nichts von ihrer Kraft eingebüßt..."
His unmistakable voice has lost nothing of its vigour..."

(Rose-Maria Gropp, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 28th, 2008)

"Und er singt weiter, immer weiter, weil das Leben ja auch immer weitergeht, mag die Welt auch schmerzen und die Seele weinen."
And he goes on to sing another song, and another, because life goes on, too, even though the world may be weary and the soul may be crying.

"Leonard Cohen nimmt sich nicht wichtig, er ist es nur einfach."
Leonard Cohen doesn't consider himself important, but that's quite simply what he is.

(Helmut Schümann, Tagesspiegel, October 6th, 2008)

More to come...
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby tigrib » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:44 am

Hi, this is from BZ (Berlin) October 5, 2008

"... und dann nahm er Berlin
Als Leonard Cohen seinen Song „First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin“ in der O2-World sang, sprangen 15000 Leute von ihren Sitzen
Hans-Werner Marquardt"

"... and then he took Berlin
When Leonard Cohen performed his song „First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin“ in the O2-World 15000 people jumped up from their seats
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby Neophyte » Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:38 am

The Gazette, Montreal, Canada, June 25, 2008

By Bernard Perusse
There was palpable emotion connecting this dapper, utterly charming man...with an audience that would happily have kept him there until the proverbial 4 in the morning...

It would be impossible to count how many times the wildly enthusiastic room erupted in spontaneous cheers over favorite lines...

By Julia Kilpatrick
With a deafening roar, the audience stood and saluted the man who helped Montreal find its soul.
Hallelujah!!!
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby The Captain » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:46 am

Not exactly a one-liner - but brilliant none the less:

"Nu spørger De måske Dem selv, hvordan koncerten egentlig var.

Jamen, den var da forrykt fabelagtig, lille De. Den var som at ræse ned af en bakke på cykel med vinden i ryggen, at tage et svalende brusebad på en steghed dag, at trænge blidt ind i sin elskede, at skænke dagens første kop kaffe og tænde ditto cigaret, at finde en længe søgt bog i en rodekasse på et loppemarked, som duften af indtrækket i en ny bil, som årstiderne, som kærligheden i alle dens former, som køligt vand og varme omslag.

Alt dette og lidt til."

- Klaus Lynggaard, Information (Danish Newspaper), July 7th


The best translation I'm able to make:

" Now you may ask yourself, how was the concert after all.

Well, it was madly fabulous, my friend. It was like racing downhill on a bike with the wind in your back, like taking a cooling shower on a scorching hot day, like gently entering your loved one, like pouring the days' first cup of coffee and lighting the ditto cigaret, like finding a long sought after book in a ragbag on flea market, like the smell of the upholstery in a brand new car, like the seasons, like love in all its forms, like cool water and hot compresses.

All this, and a bit more."
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby tommylen » Mon Oct 27, 2008 3:39 pm

"Impeccable Cohen woos Castle crowd"

Headline.

Edinburgh Evening News 17th July 2008
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Re: We are looking for "On-line praises" of the tour

Postby FOXWOOD » Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:39 pm

Not from a newspaper or magazine I'm afraid but from Ged Gray for the BBC radio 6 website. He was reviewing the Manchester Opera House concert on June 18th.


"Quite simply Leonard Cohen’s voice is a force of supernature."

Sorry that this is not what you are looking for. I feel it is a great quote though and thought others may be interested to see it.
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby jarkko » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:31 pm

Foxfood, I am sure your quotátion qualifies - after all it comes from a written source (BBC website)!
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby Amrei » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:54 pm

Local press (Århus Stiftstidende) wrote after a marvellous concert in Århus, Denmark, July 2008:

På knæ for Cohen --- (translated: On the knees in front of/for Cohen)

It was their only headline - they used the whole frontpage for the article.

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Postby Mollydog » Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:59 pm

The Globe and Mail, Canada, Tuesday, May 13th by David Frank

He Was Fredericton's Man
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Postby Gregor » Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:58 pm

Cork Examiner Ireland
March 15Th 2008


THE fastest sell-out, this year, of a seated venue yesterday forced promoters to announce a second Dublin concert date for Leonard Cohen.

The 10,000 tickets for the Royal Hospital Kilmainham outdoor gig in June sold out in five minutes yesterday morning.
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Postby loulou » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:03 pm

'The audiences have been amazing. His music speaks to the heart. It resonates on a very deep level where people are working to sort out their own emotions. We see people in tears out there.'

Independent, 15 June 2008 quoting Sharon Robinson

Maybe not what you are looking for as it is quoting Sharon, but to me it is the most true and profound description, so I thought I share it :D
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Re: We are looking for "One-line praises" of the tour

Postby citizen » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:29 pm

"El país", Spain, 20/07/2008:" Leonard Cohen dazzles "fibers"", EFE Press Agency , about his concert at Benicàssim Festival: "The veteran canadian artist returns to Spain after 15 years and the public gives an ovation to him"

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