Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
I’m gonna try tightening these posts up a little bit. I’ll bet I could keep it shorter and still get the point across…
We’re huge fans of Leonard, my lovely wife and I, we have all his records. Bought this latest release on our anniversary trip last weekend. We played it twice through in the car on the way home, and I played it once more yesterday, and I have to say it’s really damn excellent. Leonard’s voice is just golden, that bass rumble with the cracks in it, perfectly delivering his poetry and humour. The music is the same as ever – bluesy, funky, sometimes like a church hymn, sometimes with middle eastern bursts, and still sometimes what can ony be described as toy music. Wouldn’t have it any other way, at this point.
Here we have all the longing, searching, joy and sorrow we adore about Leonard, with the intelligence and the sly wink and the perfectly chosen words. Initially I thought 9 tracks was a pretty lean album, but on hearing it, most certainly it is nothing of the sort. The only oddball was Did I Ever Love You, with its plain verses and then a country gallop on the chorus parts. It’s like two songs pasted together, jarring. Otherwise, I can’t pick a favourite, they’re all gems. We’ll love this album like all the rest. Released around his birthday (which shares our wedding anniversary date, making this a great gift for us!), this year Leonard turned 80. This act of his career has been glorious.
Thanks, Leonard. Thanks so much.