Uncut, US
January 2002

2001 That Was the Year that Was

Contributed by Robert Bower, Esther Cohen and Dick Straub

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[This review ranks the top albums of the year 2001.]

Number 20
Leonard Cohen
Ten New Songs

You can't rush a poet, and Cohen took nine years to write Ten New Songs. It was worth the wait. Although the tone of these odes and meditations is mournful, at the age of 67 Cohen's pessimism about the human condition is tempered with reconciliation. He'll never be cheerful, but a Zen-like serenity pervades every song.

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