LAUDED POET'S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS IS LATEST IN AN ESTEEMED
CAREER SPANNING SIX DECADES
TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - OLD IDEAS, an album by Leonard Cohen,
will be released by Columbia Records on January 31, 2012.
The album's ten songs poetically address some of the most profound
quandaries of human existence - the relationship to a transcendent
being, love, sexuality, loss and death. Arguably the most overtly
spiritual of the revered artist's albums, Old Ideas inspires commitment
to a greater sense of compassion and decency. Old Ideas is available
for preorder now at www.LeonardCohen.com where his song, "Show Me The Place" is also streaming. Fans who
pre-order will receive an instant download of the new song.
While the recording of Old Ideas began in earnest in January 2011, many
of the new songs and their lyrics have been in the works for years.
Early versions of two album tracks, "Amen" and "Lullaby" were
originally recorded in 2007, while early versions of "Lullaby" and "
The Darkness" were performed live during Cohen's recently concluded,
sold-out world tour.
Fans were given another hint of what to expect when Cohen made remarks
as the recipient of the Principe de Asturias Prize for literature in
Spain in October.
"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."
The album by Leonard Cohen was produced with Patrick Leonard, Anjani
Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Complementing Cohen's signature
baritone on Old Ideas are the exceptional vocalists Dana Glover, Sharon
Robinson, The Webb Sisters (Hattie and Charley Webb) and Jennifer
Warnes. The album's cover design and drawings are Cohen's own.
OLD IDEAS TRACK LISTING:
Show Me The Place
Crazy To Love You
Old Ideas will be Cohen's twelfth studio album with Columbia Records
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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 20 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. Tribute albums have been released in Cohen's honor in France,
Norway, Canada, Spain, Swedish, Czech Republic, South Africa and the
United States. 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
2010. Cohen's mesmerizing recent performances, deemed "a spiritual
experience" by all accounts, totaled 247 shows in 31 countries
attended by two million fans.
As the London Daily Telegraph plainly stated, each Cohen performance is
"an extraordinary night of music" while the BBC asserted that, "Quite
simply Leonard Cohen's voice is a force of supernature."
Image with caption: "Album cover artwork for Leonard Cohen's new album "Old Ideas" in stores January 31, 2012 (CNW Group/Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111122_C8109_PHOTO_EN_7050.jpg
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