TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the
avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and
despair, grief and joy. Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to
the human condition as "the soul unfolds in the chambers of its
longing." His legendary basso resonates as never before with a
presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart.
The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us
singing them over and over.
In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend
whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.
"Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new
creative inspiration," says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia
Records, "These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a
unique spirit. We're absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this
milestone with him."
Popular Problems is Cohen's 13th studio album, and will be released on September 23rd,
two days after his 80th birthday. Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally (http://smarturl.it/PopularProblems) will receive an instant download of his new song, "Almost Like The
Blues." Click here to listen.
To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen's endless
poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on
iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.
Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and
was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by
Revisit Leonard Cohen's Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com
Popular Problems Tracklisting:
Almost Like The Blues
Samson In New Orleans
Did I Ever Love You
My Oh My
Born In Chains
You Got Me Singing
ABOUT LEONARD COHEN: Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and
visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the
lives of millions with a career spanning six decades.
His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political
themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and
writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12
books, the most recent of which was 2006's 'Book of Longing', a
collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top
10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.
Cohen's influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is
inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall
Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one
of the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters." Cohen's
songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including
Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos,
Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil
Wars, and tribute albums have been released around the world.
In 2008 Cohen's "Hallelujah" became the fastest-selling digital single
in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared
simultaneously on the UK singles chart - Cohen's own original
recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner
Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard's songs have been frequently
selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television
programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ,
Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary,
The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.
Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008),
the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall
Of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received
the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize - the highest literary award
in Spain (Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an
individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the
human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native
has earned his country's highest civilian honors - Officer of the Order
of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand
Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).
Cohen's recent return to live performance was met with extraordinary and
unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from 2008 through
2013. Cohen's mesmerizing recent performances, deemed "a spiritual
experience" by all accounts, totaled 470 shows in 31 countries attended
by four million fans.
Image with caption: "Popular Problems Album Cover (CNW Group/Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140819_C7482_PHOTO_EN_42486.jpg
SOURCE: Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
For further information:
Erica Silver, APR
Director, National Media Relations
& Corporate Communications
Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.