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Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs

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The way the album came about is linked to the actual sound of it. The album had a unique path and it wasn’t done in the way an album is normally done. It was also recorded pretty much in the order it plays in…The recording was some kind of extension of his time at Mount Baldy. He was still very reclusive during this time…I would initially sing and play everything, at the time not knowing if we were bringing in other musicians or singers. Of course as it turned out, we didn’t so my voice stayed because Leonard liked what he was hearing.

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

“I’m back on Boogie Street,” declares Leonard Cohen on two different songs in this collection, titled with characteristic understatement Ten New Songs. (Previous album titles have included Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, and Recent Songs.) More poet than musician, Cohen has, since his early albums, tended to rely on collaborations with musicians to put together his music: John Lissauer on 1974’s New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Henry Lewy on 1979’s Recent Songs, and, notoriously, Phil Spector on 1977’s Death of a Ladies’ Man. On Ten New Songs, his partner is former backup singer Sharon Robinson, who co-wrote “Everybody Knows” on 1988’s I’m Your Man and earns co-writing credit on all the material here. She has also conjured the musical backgrounds (“All tracks arranged, programmed, and performed by Sharon Robinson,” reads the credit), and she harmonizes with Cohen throughout. But all collaborators (even Spector) are in the service of Cohen’s poetic vision, which remains the dominant element on this elegiac set. After a restatement of purpose on “In My Secret Life,” he turns in a moody set of reflections on decline, even alluding to fellow poet Robert Frost’s famous “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” in “A Thousand Kisses Deep”: “And maybe I had miles to drive/And promises to keep/You ditch it all to stay alive/A thousand kisses deep.” The songs are full of leave-taking, with titles like “Alexandra Leaving” and “You Have Loved Enough” accurately describing the tone, concluding with the prayer-like valedictory “The Land of Plenty,” which gently remonstrates with the consumer society the poet has always engaged and rejected: “May the lights in the land of plenty/Shine on the truth some day.” Even in the quietude of Cohen’s catalog, the result seems like a coda.

 

1. In My Secret Life
2. A Thousand Kisses Deep
3. That Don’t Make It Junk
4. Here It Is
5. Love Itself
1. By The Rivers Dark
2. Alexandra Leaving
3. You Have Loved Enough
4. Boogie Street
5. The Land of Plenty

 

 

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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm