The following words and photo were in today's Edmonton Journal (I love what it says about Leonard's voice!):
Big release on Tuesday: Leonard Cohen (Old Ideas)
Big picture: Hard to argue with the Canadian legend, still conjuring his musical magic at 77 years young. In Old Ideas, Cohen confronts his own mortality, with dense lyrics steeped in his unique brand of philosophy, spirituality and self-awareness. The fact that this is Cohen's best work in years indicates that, although he may be at ease with the passage of time, he has far from finished bestowing his poetic gifts upon us. The diverse instrumentation and musical styles (from hymns and blues to rockabilly twang and Gypsy jazz) will please fans tired of Cohen's recent dalliance with synthesizers and other electronic sounds.
Many critics are making comparisons, in theme and style, to Bob Dylan's 1997 renaissance album, Time Out of Mind. But Cohen is his own man, and his otherworldly, deep, rumbling voice - so unmistakable - still sounds like it can move mountains (at the very least, it will move hearts).
Forecast: Cohen may have Old Ideas, but they're damn good ones. TV may have The Voice, but Cohen IS The Voice.http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertai ... story.html