Index to OLD IDEAS Material


Press Release Announcing Old Ideas
Collector's Lithograph
Billboard for Old Ideas in Times Square, New York
Commercial Promoting Old Ideas
The songs of Leonard Cohen filmed by Dominique Issermann
Press Release Detailing First Week's Sales for Old Ideas


Lyric Video for "Show Me The Place"
Soundcloud Audio of "Show Me The Place"
Official SONY Newsletter on Old Ideas
Reviews of "Show Me The Place"


Soundcloud Audio of "Darkness"
Reviews of "Darkness"


Press Release Announcing "Going Home" Streaming in The New Yorker
The New Yorker presents Leonard Cohen's "Going Home" and streams the song
Reviews of "Going Home"


Promotion for Record Release: Los Angeles
Promotion for Record Release: Paris
Promotion for Record Release: London
Promotion for Record Release: New York


Summary of Reviews of Old Ideas
Reviews of Old Ideas
Old Ideas on "Best Of" Lists


Lyrics to Old Ideas Songs on A Thousand Kisses Deep website
Additional Articles about Old Ideas
Links to Other Sites with Info about Old Ideas

Summary of Reviews of Old Ideas

"The songs are rich and musically sophisticated... Those who yearn for a new "Hallelujah" may also come to find new languishing favorites among the ten tracks." - Dagsavisen (Norway), Geir Rakvaag, January 13, 2012.

"An album full of classic Cohen: poetic, philosophical and funny lyrics matched to sparse sinuous melodies and delicate harmonies... Old Ideas is an unexpected and precious gift of new gems from an old master." - The Telegraph (UK), Bernadette McNulty, January 19, 2012.

"* * * * stars... An album that pores over the passing and the past with such defiant, deadpan nobility." - Uncut, Andy Gill, February 2012.

"* * * * stars... Old a charismatic record -- moving, slyly upbeat and even sexy... Show Me the a hymn for the ages." - The Globe and Mail, Brad Wheeler, January 20, 2012.

4½ stars... Easily Cohen's most satisfying and consistent album since Various Positions in 1984... The music, some of it blues-based, is particularly strong... a show-stopper... Lyrically, Cohen is at the top of his game." - Montreal Gazette, Bernard Perusse, January 20, 2012.

"Les arrangements sont raffinés, épurés, de bon goût, mais commandent une écoute attentive... Cohen chante avec un bonheur et une sérénité."
("The arrangements are refined, sleek, tasteful and command listening... Cohen sings with happiness and serenity.") - Sors-tu?, Marc-André Mongrain, January 20, 2012.

"Solid, superb... Sublimely poetic and mischievously frisky lyrics about sex and love and salvation and death, set against a gently sweeping backdrop of melancholy melodies and languidly hypnotic grooves, and breathed directly into your ear in a voice so dark, rich and deep it makes Tom Waits sound like Justin Bieber." - London Free Press (Canada), Darryl Sterdan, January 20, 2012.

"Old Ideas... is more of the stuff that has made Cohen indispensable for six decades: desire, regret, suffering, misanthropy, love, hope, and hamming it up... anywhere you dip your net, you catch some depth... a work of wry righteousness." - The Observer (UK), Kitty Empire, January 21, 2012.

"Old Ideas... throbs with that life, its verses rife with zingers and painful confessions, and its music sounds more richly varied than anything Cohen has done in years... Old Ideas contemplates mortality in the bitter light of failed romance; it fearlessly broaches emotional extremes while still dropping the wisdom of an elder who should know better." - NPR, by Ann Powers, January 22, 2012.

"These songs prove diverse and eclectic, with unexpected flourishes of sound to distinguish them." - American Songwriter, by Stephen Deusner, January 23, 2012.

"Another masterpiece." - Vox Nova, by Mark Gordon, January 23, 2012.

"* * * * stars... Leonard Cohen, der Liebhaber und Sinnsucher, der Mann in den eleganten Anzügen und dem Mönchsgewand, ist heimgekommen. Hat sein Apartment bezogen, ganz oben im Tower Of Song."
("Leonard Cohen, the lover and searcher for meaning, the man in the natty suits and the monk's robe, has come home. He has obtained his apartment, at the top of the Tower of Song.") - Rolling Stone (Germany), Maik Brüggemeyer, January 23, 2012.

"Leonard Cohen er dypere og mørkere enn noen gang før. Hans 12. album viser at det går an å lage popmusikk med stil langt inn i pensjonsalderen."
("Leonard Cohen is deeper and darker than ever before. His 12 album shows that it is possible to make pop music well into retirement.") - Dagsavisen (Norway), Geir Rakvaag, January 24, 2012.

"My first front-to-back listen of Old Ideas quickly became an exercise in keeping up; the man is so endlessly quotable... On Old Ideas he filters these gifts of poetry and keen observation through his bruised, romantic outlook, into a fully-formed album that sounds as if it was always in there, waiting to see the light of day. Or the darkness." - Drowned in Sound, James Skinner, January 24, 2012.

"Old Ideas is anything but a valedictory. It's taut, vital music... The lyrics are something else: considered, bone-deep, precise. And smart in a way that looks like his best work -- a reach for what is eternally true. Because Leonard older than time and younger than tomorrow. He insists he has no answers...but we know he does something even more important: He asks the right questions." - Huffington Post, Jesse Kornbluth, January 24, 2012.

"3.5 stars (out of 4)... 'Old Ideas' is not another of the dreaded winter-of-my-years albums... [Cohen's] still feisty after all these years, his entanglements with love and aging documented with wicked wit and an attitude that is anything but sentimental." - Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot, January 24, 2012.

"Rating: * * * * *... The new material is even better than hoped." - Bloomberg, Mark Beech, January 24, 2012.

"Old Ideas is a splash into a deep philosophical pool that is expressed so well by Mr Cohen, who is a skilled mouthpiece for many of us." - The Morton Report, Matt Rowe, January 24, 2012.

"Un disco impecable."
("A perfect album.") - Koult (Spain), Antonio Casado da Rocha, January 25, 2012.

"The old master's words are a joy to listen to. You can see why everyone from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain adored him and why we still flock to his concerts... There is plenty to drink up on Old Ideas. There is plenty of new ideas left in the sassy septuagenarian with the crooked smile." - The Independent (Ireland), Barry Egan, January 29, 2012.

"* * * * 1/2 stars... Cohen étonne toujours par sa pertinence, son originalité et ce petit quelque chose d'intemporel qui est l'apanage des plus grands. Au plan musical, Old Ideas est...le plus accompli depuis des lunes."
("* * * * 1/2 stars... Cohen always astonishes by his relevance, originality, and that little timeless something that is the prerogative of the greatest. In the music, Old Ideas is... the most accomplished in ages.") - La Presse (Canada), Alain De Repentigny, January 28, 2012.

"Cohen's poetry reaches parts that most singer-songwriters could never dream of... the album hangs together as a cohesive body of work." - Herald (Ireland), Eamon Carr, January 28, 2012.

"Old Ideas is a stirring return, graceful and irreverent, despairing and funny, as profound and as ridiculous as life itself." - The Arts Desk, Graeme Thomson, January 28, 2012.

"GRADE A... Stunningly simple, incredibly deep and destined to be a classic." - Newsday, Glenn Gamboa, January 27, 2012.

"* * * * * stars... Lush female harmonies still carry refrains and colour his monochrome tones, but they float on the organic pulse of a live band, that plays with gentle restraint, and weaves flowing violin, trumpet and harmonica melodies in among the glistening pearls of Cohen's epigrammatic phrases... Cohen's imagery throughout is elegant, thoughtful and occasionally startling. The music is perfectly matched, neither heavy nor overwrought, it glides by, easy on the ear and on the soul, but opening up to reveal looming depths. It is, in short, and as we might have expected, a work of genius. Sometimes the old ideas are the best." - The Telegraph (UK), Neil McCormick, January 27, 2012.

"* * * * stars... Anyhow is fantastic, less a song than a suggestively seductive exhalation. The Darkness is even better, all seedy guitar, slithery Hammond and filthy chuckles. But when he abandons burlesque for sincerity on Crazy to Love You, his unadorned emotion is devastating." - The Guardian (UK), Maddy Costa, January 26, 2012.

"Here he is, 44 years after the intensely powerful Songs of Leonard Cohen, delivering material that matches the depth and power of that first solo record, covering the same tropes of mortality, sexuality, and religion, while remaining as vibrant and striking a poet as ever... Listeners have been relying on Cohen's heartbroken yet grinning, world-weary yet hopeful voice to get through that night for decades, and this album should continue that for a whole new batch of souls." - TIME Magazine, Adam Kivel, January 31, 2012.

"Le nouvel album de Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas, est son plus abouti depuis vingt ans (The Future) et l'une des bonnes surprises de ce début d'année.... Les arrangements et la production fine valorisent des gouttelettes de piano, le grain d'une guitare acoustique, un violon, des choeurs féminins, comme une caresse en contraste avec la raucité vocale de Cohen."
("The new album of Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas, is the most successful in twenty years ( The Future ) and one of the pleasant surprises of this earlier year... The arrangements and production value of fine droplets of piano, the grain of an acoustic guitar, violin, female backing vocals, are like a caress in contrast to the hoarse voice of Cohen.") - Le Monde (France), Sylvain Siclier, January 30, 2012.

"Oggi, alla soglia degli 80 anni (è nato nel 1934) Leonard Cohen torna con uno dei dischi più belli e intensi della sua carriera."
("Today, on the threshold of 80 years (born 1934) Leonard Cohen is back with one of the most beautiful and intense discs of his career.") - Il Sussidiario (Italy), Paolo Vites, January 31, 2012.

"Son album le plus intemporel depuis bien longtemps."
("His most timeless album in a long time.") - Le Figaro (France), Olivier Nuc, January 30, 2012.

"[Cohen's] always exactly as amazing as he ever was. "I love to speak with Leonard," is the first croak out of his mouth on "Old Ideas," and it's as familiar and welcome a sound as the rattling tea kettle in the kitchen. "He's a sportsman and a shepherd," he continues over the "ooh ahhs" of the doo-wop girls. "He's a lazy bastard living in a suit." He fits you like a well-worn bathrobe." - SoundSpike, Tjames Madison, January 31, 2012.

"There's a melodic grace and confidence to these songs... It's a deeply soothing piece of work, one that does Cohen's long legacy proud." - Stereogum, tom, January 31, 2012.

"De plaat staat vol prachtige regels, met overpeinzingen over ouderdom en het naderende einde, maar steeds zeer origineel verwoord... Cohen is 77 en hij bewijst dat er aan mooie, intense, diepgaande popmuziek geen leeftijd verbonden is."
("The album is full of beautiful lines, with reflections on old age and the approaching end, but still very original wording... Cohen is 77 and he proves that beautiful, intense, profound pop music has no age barriers.") - de Volkskrant (Netherlands), Gijsbert Kamera, January 31, 2012.

"Even the songs grappling with big themes have a resonant, personal and idiosyncratic touch. Every languid melody and line of language is shot through with Cohen's meditative, contemplative style. The wonderful Crazy To Love You, up there with his best songs, sees him reflect sardonically but also with genuine self-awareness... With simple, delicate moments of memorable poignancy such as Banjo or Amen, he has now made a late masterpiece. Perhaps he can rest a little now, comfortably perched at the top of the Tower of Song." - Music OMH, Daniel Paton, January 30, 2012.

"There's not a trace of morbidity or self-pity or regret on one second of this entire album. Leonard Cohen is making music vital to his spirit, confident that a song transmits its essential nature directly to any listener receptive to his message. In this sense, Old Ideas is an inspirational album from a very lively old coot." - NPR, Ken Tucker, January 31, 2012.

"Old Ideas is inspired -- a positive Sistine Chapel of complex reflections on love, sex, death and regret." - The Big Issue, Malcolm Jack, January 30 - February 5, 2012.

"Throughout his 45-year career, Leonard Cohen has walked a fine line between love, sex, and religion, often embodying the trinity in the same song. Cohen doesn't abandon those themes on his latest album, Old Ideas, his first studio recording in eight years and perhaps one of his best in decades. Part of the reason the record succeeds is the honesty that the 77-year singer-songwriter delivers as he questions mortality, god, and betrayal with poetic dignity." - The New Zealand Herald, AP, January 31, 2012.

"While sharing production and personnel with its forbears [Dear Heather and Ten New Songs], Old Ideas trumps them both, bearing more of a resemblance to the essence of the most lauded characteristics of his formidable back catalog." - Treble, Chester Whelks, January 30, 2012.

"For those who take a special interest in lyricism, Old Ideas (and all of his work for that matter) deserves a close and repeated examination. He has a gift that simply demands full attention and appreciation." - ResonantPassage, Ryan Lloyd, January 31, 2012.

"Almost four-and-a-half decades after Songs of Leonard Cohen, at age 77, Leonard has produced yet another impeccable, compelling, masterpiece." - Folk Roots/Folk Branches, Mike Regenstreif, January 29, 2012.

"The ten songs here are literally founded in old ideas (and themes which have been present in Leonard Cohen's work for decades) but informed by new sounds and new life; the only reason they aren't called "Classic Ideas" is because Leonard Cohen is (and always has been) entirely too modest... Old Ideas plainly signals a new, exciting rebirth for Leonard Cohen." - Ground Control Magazine, Bill Adams, January 29, 2012.

"* * * * stars... This delicate balancing act between despair and delight, misery and mischief, is one of the album's most agreeable qualities... the gravel-voiced grandmaster... clearly still has enough perseverance and grace to make wise, wondrous, life-affirming music." - The National (United Arab Emirates), Stephen Dalton, January 31, 2012.

"'Old Ideas,' his first studio recording in eight years and perhaps one of his best in decades. Part of the reason the record succeeds is the honesty that the 77-year singer-songwriter delivers as he questions mortality, god, and betrayal with poetic dignity." - Huffington Post, John Carucci, January 30, 2012.

"Has any pop-music artist ever made a stronger - or, dare I say, sexier - album of original material at such an advanced age? No one comes to mind." - Philadelphia Inquirer, Dan Deluca, January 31, 2012.

"The lyrics are as deceptively simple as the rest, at first blush just more of the Cohen we know and love, but the more I listen to them, the more I find myself falling into them." - Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow, January 31, 2012.

"Cohen's voice alone, though, is a gorgeous, singular instrument... It's a voice that mimics states of human yearning: The point at which we start to sound too tired or worn-down to speak, the point at which we start to cry, the way we whisper to people whom we are very, very close." - Pitchfork, Mike Powell, February 1, 2012.

"Old Ideas doesn't feel like a farewell, it feels like a man getting his groove back and rather enjoying himself... Through it all, Cohen is witty and fully engaged, not sighing a self-conscious farewell. It wouldn't be his style to go out that way." - The Star (Toronto), Ben Rayner, January 30, 2012.

"The imagery, situations and gravelly voiced assessments of love, life and moral frailty which inform songs such as "Amen" and "Show me the Place" prove that he's still at the top of his game as he tirelessly exhumes relics from the wastelands of the human heart and soul that most of us would rather forget or lack the nerve to explore in the first place.... There is certainly no shortage of songs of despair out there for people to listen to, but what distinguishes Cohen's latest effort is the depth of the compassion and the breadth of vision that gives perspective to the individual suffering he describes... Old Ideas builds on the promise of his recent world tours and return to the limelight with his strongest, most unified album in decades. To follow Cohen through these songs as he shadows the thousand points of light he senses emerging from the darkness is as exhilarating and profound an experience as one will likely ever have with popular music. Beauty and horror rest side by side in what may be the most perfect album 2012 has to offer. In an era of hype and hyperbole where such a word has lost its meaning, Old Ideas is in the truest sense a masterpiece." - Paste Magazine, Douglas Heselgrave, January 31, 2012.

"The record's droll title likely refers to the fact that this is territory that Cohen has covered before: love, death, sex, God. But it doesn't do justice to the growth exhibited by the 77-year-old here, nor the risks he takes with his new record... In theory, "Old Ideas" could be perfectly situated as a farewell from one of the most enduring poets Canada has produced. But it's a blessing that Cohen simply has too much left to say." - The Canadian Press, Nick Patch, January 31, 2012.

"Little echoes of Cohen's past work, or old ideas, are everywhere... Every track adds fresh shades of emotion and insight to his body of work." - The Bellingham Herald (Washington, US), Jeff Schwager, January 31, 2012.

"The album, an impressive collection of delicate songs featuring biting, self-deprecating lyrics, is one of his finest releases and a deserving addition to his canon... Cohen remains a terrific lyricist... With its accessible yet powerful sound, the album stands as a fabulous collection of pop songs with more than a hint of darkness. It is also a potent reminder that Cohen, who has been in the music business for 45 years now, remains one of the few artists who releases works of a high caliber not just consistently, but nearly always." - The Harvard Crimson (Harvard University, US), Petey E. Menz, January 31, 2012.

"Stars: 4.5/5... Such lyrical refraction and shifting perspectives (on life and death as much as relationships) are what makes Cohen such a rare voice and lyricist. Old ideas, yes. But also the universals: love, forgiveness, the pain of life and the mystery of death. Leonard Cohen remains a convincing witness to all these things, a reassuring voice and a firm and warm guiding hand." - The New Zealand Herald, Graham Reid, February 2, 2012.

"Cohen proves with "Old Ideas" that his songwriting gift burns as brightly as ever... While many justifiably sing Cohen's praises as a lyricist, on this album his musical powers and flexibility are in full force... Cohen may label this a collection of "Old Ideas," but these songs are timeless." - MetroMix San Francisco, Alex Biese, January 30, 2012.

"Old Ideas, while still the work of an artist who, in the end, favors text over sound, has energized my engagement. There are good songs here, and wherever they're from, one hopes he'll go there again, and often." - Capital (New York), Rick Flom, February 1, 2012.

"His classic 'hopeless blues' format interspersed with somber, downbeat and doleful but clever subject matter is, as we know, what Cohen is best at. His poetic ability flows with ease and emerges in his lyrics as bittersweet wit that you can't help but warm to." - Gigseen TV, Kate, February 1, 2012.

"'Old Ideas' is stunning in its stark power... But Cohen enchants in accessible, honest lyrics. Cohen's words are the focus of the album, and they're presented with just the right mixture of harmony and tone. When it comes to poetic song writing, it'd be hard to find a better album. 'Old Ideas' stands as an equal bookend to Cohen's career opposite 'The Songs of Leonard Cohen.'" - The Austin Daily Herald, Jason Schoonover, February 1, 2012.

"What Cohen does with this collection is reference the archetypes, philosophies, and timeless truths that are essential if we are to endure, with all of humanity's finer elements intact." - Buzzine, Andrew Shaw, January 30, 2012.

"We love 'Old Ideas,' too, because it's full of them, and when your ideas are as consistently strong and striking as Cohen's are, you don't really need any new ideas... Inescapable death. Betrayal. Fleeting love. The shadowy presence of a none-too-pleased deity. The sexual commingling of shame and desire, lust and love -- these are, as ever, Cohen's themes. When it comes to working them into prose-poetry, popular music has never produced anyone else who can do so with an equal blend of technical brilliance, weary wit, and the glimmer of joy that comes when we choose to laugh rather than cry." - The Buffalo News, Jeff Miers, January 31, 2012.

"Cohen's pipes have only deepened and taken on further gravitas with time, heightening the Old Testament feel that frequently runs to the core of his songs. So while the singer might view himself as "a brief elaboration of a tube" - a temporary human form that will someday soon cease to be - there's never a doubt these so-called "Old Ideas" will find new life with future generations." - 77 Square (Madison, WI), Andy Downing, January 31, 2012.

"His latest album, Old Ideas,...may be his best. It is certainly his best since New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). He has made great albums since then, and all of them have been more dramatic than this quiet mix of meditation and desperation, but none as perfect as this." - Illusory Flowers in an Empty Sky, Barry Graham, January 31, 2012.

"As has been the case since Cohen's 1967 debut, the music serves as adornment for his poetry. In a sense, Cohen has come full circle, returning to the sparse instrumentation of his earliest albums... if Old Ideas does wind up as the period on Cohen's decades-spanning career, one can hardly imagine a more fitting final statement." - Examiner, Cole Waterman, February 2, 2012.

"Old Ideas is defined by Cohen's growing sense of his own mortality, and listening to the characteristically confessional and intensely stirring songs together is hugely engrossing. The grizzled 77 year old, one of the few songwriters journalists can call a poet without it sounding conceited, is as brilliantly lugubrious and self-deprecating as ever throughout... Over the course of the album it becomes clear that Cohen is much too wise to even attempt reinventing himself for any new generation(s). He simply doesn't need to, and so Old Ideas sees him playing entirely to his strengths." - Kicking against the pricks, February 1, 2012.

"Leonard Cohen is an unmatched force in the world of music and poetry alike. He has always had something to tell us, and has found eloquent and haunting ways to do so. On Old Ideas, it is clear that he not done telling us the secrets of the dark just yet... Old Ideas is a perfect pairing for Songs of Leonard Cohen, although delivered over forty years apart. What Cohen was questioning and exploring on Songs, he has now found the answers to what his younger self could only imagine." - Twisting the Lens, Jaime H., February 2, 2012.

"The production on Old Ideas is stripped down to the bone, giving both Cohen's legendary lyrical prowess and his five-metric-tons-of-cigarettes voice plenty of room to work their magic. The lyrical themes themselves are classic Cohen, blending religion, sex, and self-effacement into a suave, subtle, poetic swirl that's honed to a razor's edge." - Prefix Magazine, Jim Allen, January 25, 2012.

"'Old Ideas' ist selbstbewusst und sinnlich."
("'Old Ideas' is self-confident and sensual.") - Taz (Germany), Eva Behrendt, January 25, 2012.

"Old Ideas is an album of poetic and pared-down musical genius. And the world is a better place because Cohen, at 77, is still able to offer such brilliance." - The Times (South Africa), Andrea Nagel, February 3, 2012.

"'Old Ideas' is an autumnal album, musing on memories and final reckonings, but it also has a gleam in its eye. It grapples once again with topics Mr. Cohen has pondered throughout his career: love, desire, faith, betrayal, redemption. Some of the diction is biblical; some is drily sardonic... In many of the songs, true to ancient traditions of mystical poetry, the singer could be speaking to a lover or to God. The lyrics often build associations around a repeated phrase... 'Old Ideas' features acoustic instruments: violin, slide guitar, trumpet, lightly brushed drums. The music is a slow-motion take on blues, hymns and waltzes, played with a hushed, almost surreptitious touch." - The New York Times, Jon Pareles, January 27, 2012.

"Interestingly enough, Old Ideas, Cohen's finest work since 1988's I'm Your Man, opens with "Going Home," a graceful number that successfully punches a hole in this godly image... The musical arrangements are carefully considered, framing Cohen's words rather than driving the action... his curiosity, wit, and humor have only been sharpened by the passing of time. Consider Old Ideas more of a return to form than a parting shot of any kind. It's good to have you back, old friend." - TONE Magazine, Andy Downing, January 30, 2012.

"Cohen never pretended to be a star vocalist, but that's just fine by us. He's 78 years old, and there's more character and depth in his crackly whisper than half the warbly singers sitting at the toppermost of the poppermost." - Live4ever, Simon Moore, February 2, 2012.

"The first album of new material in eight years from 77-year-old Leonard Cohen is solid from start to finish... Cohen is haunting yet warm and sincere. While none of these songs are on par with 'Hallelujah,' one of his greatest hits, they are up there with some of his best." - Northwest Herald (Illinois, US), Rob Carroll, February 2, 2012.

"* * * * stars... The more you play it the better it gets. This is a man at ease with his legend, with his self, curating in rich, evocative language the dark corners of a luminous public life, which at times was a private hell... It's a delight. Some old guys just never lose it." - The Irish Times, Joe Breen, January 27, 2012.

"* * * * (4 stars out of 5)... Cohen... is on incredible form on Old Ideas... anybody who likes Cohen's earlier, funnier albums will be delighted by Old Ideas. On the back of the album cover Cohen has written these words in his own elegantly scripted calligraphy - 'Coming to the end of the book . . . but not quite yet.' Hallelujah to that." - RTÉ, Alan Corr, January 27, 2012.

"Er dette sløy, sofistikert, ytterst gjenkjennelig cabaret blues for rødvin og ettertenksomhet - minst tre større tilskudd til katalogen hans inkludert."
("This is gutting, sophisticated, utterly recognizable cabaret blues for wine and reflection - at least three major contributions to his catalog are included.") - VG Nett (Norway), Morten Ståle Nilsen, January 24, 2012.

"Her er han tilbake på sitt beste, med lekre one-linere og helhetlig alvor... de ti låtene på til sammen 41 minutter som utgjør «Old Ideas¿» tåler sammenligning med det meste i hans imponerende katalog."
("Here he is back at his best, with sexy one-liners and overall seriousness... the ten songs totaling 41 minutes that make up "Old Ideas" compare favorably with most of his impressive catalog.") - Adresseavisen (Norway), Ole Jacob Hoel, January 24, 2012.

"'Old Ideas,' only Cohen's 12th studio album since 1967 but his best since the Reagan-era 'I'm Your Man'... 'Old Ideas' is, it hardly need be said, a work of genius... It's a pungent mix of the sacred and the profane, the sexual and the sepulchral, with a probably necessary emphasis on the latter." - The Washington Post, Allison Stewart, January 27, 2012.

"RATING: 5/5... Cohen may have Old Ideas, ideas that reflect the flawed human condition since our time on Earth began. But it takes a unique talent to reflect them with such grace." - The Sun (UK), Simon Cosyns, January 27, 2012.

"Rating: 5/5... Leonard Cohen produces another superb album." - Express (UK), Simon Gage, January 27, 2012.

"Cohen may have Old Ideas, but they're damn good ones. TV may have The Voice, but Cohen IS The Voice." - Ottawa Citizen, Chris Lackner, January 28, 2012.

"SCORE: 4/5... There's an ease about these songs that belie not just his age but his famously exacting approach to writing." - The Sydney Morning Herald, Bernard Zuel, February 4, 2012.

"* * * * (4 stars)" - De Morgen (Belgium), Bart Steenhaut, January 28, 2012.

"5 of 6 stars... Jo, han har sgu gjort det igen."
("5 of 6 stars... Yes, he's fucking done it again.") - Gaffa (Denmark), Lars Löbner Jeppesen, January 30, 2012.

"Un chef-d'oeuvre... Ce stade suprême du sublime, là où l'inaccessible tréfonds de l'âme humaine ne craint pas de faire se côtoyer l'ange et la bête, les dieux de l'esprit et les démons de la chair, Leonard Cohen (l'un des poètes les plus emblématiques de notre temps) vient de l'atteindre, en un sommet artistique d'une rare beauté précisément, avec sa dernière æuvre : un album, intitulé "Old Ideas" qui regroupe dix chansons toutes aussi poignantes les unes que les autres, malgré leur sobriété instrumentale tout autant que leur rigueur stylistique."
("A masterpiece... The supreme point of the sublime, where the inaccessible innermost depths of the human soul does not fear to let mingle the angel and the beast, the spirit of the gods and demons of the flesh, Leonard Cohen (one of the most iconic poets of our time) has just achieved it, in an artistic summit of precise and rare beauty, with his latest work, an album entitled "Old Ideas" which gathers ten songs each as poignant as the other, despite their sober instrumentation as well as their stylistic rigor.") - Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Daniel Salvatore Schiffer, February 3, 2012.

"'Old Ideas' jedan je od najupecatljivijih albuma u njegovu opusu i jedan od kandidata za najbolji album diskografski mlade 2012. godine."
("'Old Ideas' is one of most remarkable albums of his entire career, and one candidate for best album in early 2012.") - Jutarnji (Croatia), Aleksandar Dragaš, January 29, 2012.

"* * * * (4 stars out of 5)" - The Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Dwyer, February 4, 2012.

"Otra vez se nos presenta un disco perfecto en cuanto a letras, profundas como la voz que les da vida."
("Again we are presented with a perfect record in terms of lyrics, deep as the voice that gives them life.") - Simenor (Spain), Irene, February 3, 2012.

"Die schleichende Schönheit dieses Albums liegt jedoch in der fast kitschig selbstgewissen Leichtigkeit, mit der er hier in die Zielgerade biegt."
("The insidious beauty of this album lies in the almost overly self-confident ease with which he turns into the home stretch.") - Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany), Markus Schneider, January 26, 2012.

"Grade A." - Quart (Hungary), Albert, January 30, 2012.

"As with Cohen's best records of the past two decades...Old Ideas luxuriates in sleek, quiet, sagelike narration and tempos best described as glacial. Yet for all of the spiritual overtones, Cohen is still a man of the earth... Old Ideas... seeks to knock at the door of the hereafter but still finds flickers of light, hope and heart in the here and now." - WKYT-TV (Kentucky), Walter Tunis, January 30, 2012.

"Rating 8/10... You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but when the hound in question is a lyricist and songwriter of such magnitude as the one and only Leonard Cohen, it's perfectly acceptable for them to attack your soul with the same sweet sledgehammer they've been wielding for the last 45 years... Cohen has lost none of his passion - which, as usual, is impeccably restrained on this, his first studio album in eight years." - NME, Leonie Cooper, January 27, 2012.

"Rating 8/10... This work stands up to the most impressive of his career... his lyrics carry similar emotional weight to his most classic albums... I'm not going to make the case that this is Cohen's greatest effort, but it certainly marks a late career resurgence from one of the greatest songwriters we've ever seen. In his sixth decade of music making, Cohen has stayed strong... Old Ideas...will only serve to further the legacy of this astounding artist." - 405, Colin Joyce, January 30, 2012.

"These may be Old Ideas from an old man, but they're as fresh and relevant to the world as anything anyone younger could come up with. And that's a miracle worth waiting for." - New Adventures in Hi-Fi, James, January 30, 2012.

"Old Ideas is the work of a master craftsman." - USA Today, Jerry Shriver, January 30, 2012.

"What makes Cohen still relevant is that he is an artist, in the true sense of the word... here is a man who is still addressing the big issues of life with precision and humour. He may not have got many answers in his 70 odd years but he hasn't given up asking the questions... He may still be asking the same questions and musing on women and God but I can't think of any artist who has used the form of music to ask the questions so beautifully." - Louder than War, Mark Ray, January 30, 2012.

"Leonard Cohen has made the best full album of his career (song for song, sound for sound, lyrical point for point; yes, this is true) and most certainly the best album of 2012." - Blurt, A.D. Amorosi, January 30, 2012.

"4 stars." - Winnipeg Free Press, Morley Walker, February 4, 2012.

"'Old Ideas,' a coy title that belies just how inspired this album is... He's still writing lines you wish you could but can't." - The Boston Globe, James Reed, January 28, 2012.

"The good news for 'Old Ideas,' that both the words and music approach the most beautiful, true, and, yes, funny works in a career that has burst with all those qualities." - NY Daily News, Jim Farber, January 31, 2012.

"Grade A-... Old Ideas isn't a morbid record; for Cohen, misery and ecstasy have always been equally vital byproducts of a life lived to the fullest. Fittingly, the album is all warmth, putting Cohen's improbably expressive smoker's purr in the middle of simple yet sumptuous instrumentation." - A.V. Club, Steven Hyden, January 31, 2012.

"If there's an apocalypse coming, his is the soothing voice you'd want to hear whispering you toward it. For all the intimations of mortality on the album, 'Old Ideas' is far from a downer, between Cohen's wry way with words and the warmth inherent in the arrangements... 'Old Ideas' firmly reestablishes Cohen as one-third of the holy trinity of weathered North American poet laureates, along with Dylan and Waits. It couldn't happen to a better secular hymnodist." - Reuters, Chris Willman, January 31, 2012.

"Cohen's approach has always had something of (informal) repetitive minimalism to it, but the treatment of instruments -- slide guitar, organ, banjo, trumpet -- also conveys this sense of the richness of the lightest of touches -- that is, of distance -- and the humble confidence thereby displayed." - Tiny Mix Tapes, Rowan Savage, January 31, 2012.

"Hearing 'Old Ideas' is witnessing the inner-workings of one man's lyrical mind. In words that he has made his own. Through songs in which it's apparent no other words would as perfectly belong. If that's not enough, it behooves one to look inward and ask oneself: 'You don't really care for music, do you?'" - The Salt Lake Tribune, Rudy Mesicek, February 6, 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)" - Slobodna Dalmacija (Croatia), Zlazko Gall, February 6, 2012.

"Rating: Music: 10 - Sound: 10 - Total: 10 / 10... it's a sure must have - not only because Cohen is such a seminal influence on so much of music out there, but because as an album it's a sure treasure." - Reflections of Darkness, Petra Whiteley, February 6, 2012.

"An understated delight, full of extremely well recorded minimal arrangements. This makes the record closer in aesthetic to classic Cohen...all these production techniques suit the man's lyrics, which are spiritual but still lined with his sardonic darkness. Old Ideas is a refreshing album from one of the all-time best." - San Antonio Current, Marcus Rubio, February 8, 2012.

"At least four of the 'stories' are masterpieces that demand to be ranked with such Cohen classics as 'Suzanne' and 'Joan of Arc.'" - Spectrum Culture, Jacob Adams, February 1, 2012.

"Leonard Cohen is undoubtedly one tough act to follow. It's nearly impossible to rival the rawness heard in "I'm Your Man"; to reach the poignancy of "Who By Fire" or "Anthem"; to duplicate the cynicism of "The Future"; to summon the anguish in "Famous Blue Raincoat" or "Coming Back to You." Old Ideas presents an even more somber and cultivated Cohen. Rooted in his mastery and liberated by emotion, Leonard Cohen has still got it." - Critics at Large, Laura Warner, February 1, 2012.

"Leonard Cohen hasn't sounded this vibrant in 20 years... here Cohen sounds alive and engaged, as playful as he was on stage in recent years. This is still not an album likely to be played during daylight hours -- or even before 1 a.m. But it stands as Cohen's most consistent set of songs in 24 years, one of his best-sounding albums ever, and a perfect capper to his recent comeback." - Guelph Mercury, Michael Barclay, January 31, 2012.

"At the tender age of 78, Cohen is not only still producing music, but it's new, original, and most importantly, excellent... With each song on this album, Cohen proves he's still the songwriting legend that crafted "Hallelujah" in the early 80s... If someone else had recorded this album, it'd be regarded as a benchmark for modern songwriting. With Cohen, it's just more of the same." - The Crimson White (University of Alabama), Jefferson Fabian, February 8, 2012.

"A five-star masterpiece, one that hits every detail, nuance and roguish escapade on the head. There is a chance it could go down as the best record of his 45-year career." - The Victoria Times Colonist, Mike Devlin, January 31, 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)" - Crikey (Australia), Neil Walker, February 7, 2012.

"Leonard Cohen's music is to his voice what that excellent suit and fedora is to his body: in service to the core of his words: love, redemption, hate, the nature of poetry, spiritual quest, betrayal, loss, desire, pain, seduction, destiny. Yes, these are old ideas. But this old man gives them a new resonance, and by his words that are carried through these songs, they will endure forever." - The Quietus, Luke Turner, February 8, 2012.

"Rating: 4/5" - éclat (Germany), Marcus Schmanteck, January 27, 2012.

"This is a fine work from a true 'Tower of Song'." - Otis Ryan Productions, Ryan Mifflin, February 7, 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)... Um de seus melhores discos"
("One of his best albums") - Na Mira Do Groove (Brazil), Tiago Ferreira, February 7, 2012.

"There are so many 'gems' here - think of this album as one honkin' huge medallion gaudily stuffed full of them." - Ryan's Smashing Life, Julie Stoller, February 9, 2012.

"Old Ideas will be celebrated for years to come as a beautiful addition to the canon of his works." - Rocksucker, Nick Cole-Hamilton, February 9, 2012.

"It sounds fresh, vital and the best thing the world's greatest singing poet has recorded in almost 20 years. And that truly is something to celebrate." - Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Lloyd Gedye, February 10, 2012.

"Rating 5 of 6" - Trønder-Avisa (Norway), Magne Midjo, January 31, 2012.

"* * * * (4 stars out of 5)... His voice has not lost its beauty. It remains deep and hypnotic as ever; the man is still blessed with one of the most powerful and unique instruments in popular music history... The album is a true pleasure." - Varsity (University of Cambridge), Theo Evan, February 3, 2012.

"This is an incredible album." - Michael Doherty's Music Log, Michael Doherty, February 3, 2012.

"The thing which shines in Old Ideas is the words. Leonard Cohen...still retains an artful mastery syntax and word choices.... his sentences and phrases sink like weights in water. Every word is shrouded in a bleak darkness which never dismisses the possibility of redemption. Cohen's poetry wanders through a purgatorial world never settling on conclusions with elements both hallucinatory and sobering. This is the thing which makes his written work outstanding." - Pinpoint Music, Kaptain Carbon, February 2, 2012.

"One of his best in decades. Part of the reason the record succeeds is the honesty that the 77-year singer-songwriter delivers as he questions mortality, god and betrayal with poetic dignity." - Clarion Ledger (Mississippi), The Associated Press, February 3, 2012.

"This album has been thoroughly enjoyable. I cannot think of any other way to describe it. I would give this a 8.5/10... it is an album for those who are prepared to really listen. This album deserves to be appreciated for what it is: beautiful art. For those who are not appeased with this album, I will refer you to the chorus of 'Anyhow': 'Have mercy on me, baby. After all, I did confess, Even though you have to hate me, could you hate me less?'" - The Yorker (UK), Jonathan Eastwood, February 4, 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)" - Sunday World (Ireland), Eddie Rowley, February 5, 2012.

"Cohen's heartbroken lyrics are a masterpiece that will lull you through the night until you are grinning just as he is." - The Maine Campus (University of Maine), Hillary Nason, February 6, 2012.

"Cohen's raspy vocals paired with the elegiac lyrics make for an opportune glance into the mind of a complicated man. After listening to Old Ideas, I truly would love to speak with Leonard." - Northern Arizona News, Sara Weber, February 6, 2012.

"Poetic and poignant." - Las Vegas Weekly, Annie Zaleski, February 1, 2012.

"Cohen's music is spare and slow, with no frills whatsoever -- no volume, no speed, no soloing -- to distract from each word and sound. To make music so bare, and to do it so masterfully, you pay attention to every last bit of it... The masterful 'Old Ideas' is about the eternal mysteries Cohen always sings about: mortality, desire, the soul's search for peace. Somehow, on songs that are as much prayer and blessings as music, he brings clarity to these elusive subjects, as well as wisdom, comfort and an almost surreal beauty. As he sings on 'Banjo,' his version of a country-folk tune, 'My duty is to know.'" - The Aspen Times, Stewart Oksenhorn, February 10, 2012.

"Old Ideas will make you simultaneously sorrowful and joyous. It's a sunset of a record and you just don't give that a rating out of ten." - Cheese on Toast, Andrew Tidball, February 10, 2012.

"A significant work by a vibrant artist... There are songs of the highest lyrical quality... the biggest surprise is what Cohen didn't do on this disc. He didn't go back, he moved forward, and strongly. He got better, like any artist wants, and even though his age is there, it's not the topic, not the excuse, not really considered. Unlike contemporaries Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, there are no ruminations on what things have changed. For Cohen, nothing really has in his work, and the work is all-important." - CBC (Canada), Bob Mersereau, February 10, 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)... Old Ideas stuns and makes one sit down because of its quiet, precise majesty." - Hindustan Times, Indrajit Hazra, February 11, 2012.

"* * * * (4 stars)" - Jam (Italy), Roberto Caselli, February 2012.

"Everything about this record is resonant, organic, and of a certain dark pretty." - Editorial Consignment, Alex Lucas, February 2, 2012.

"Buried in the growling delivery and wry lyrics is a resilience and joy in the music, and it is clear that this album is more than just another instalment of a long career.... a gently uplifting work that demonstrates his relevance once again in a time when so much music often relies so heavily on gimmick and image." - The Review Maguk, Matthew Webster, February 7, 2012.

"Rating: 8/10." - Under the Radar (New Zealand), Brannavan Gnanalingam, February 13, 2012.

"One of this young year's finest new albums... There really are few artists in Cohen's league, and the haunting and mesmerizing hymns on this masterful work serve as a reminder of that very fact... he has provided a wonderful album full of passion and fervour that a lot of artists half his age would have trouble equalling. This is truly an album to be savoured." - Shelby Times (UK), February 12, 2012.

"Rating: 8.5/10." - Soundblab, Steve Taylor, February 12, 2012.

"Grade A minus." - MSN Entertainment, Xgau, January 31, 2012.

"Rating: 4-1/2 out of 5." - Muzika (Croatia), Zoran Tuckar, February 13, 2012.

"Leonard...has a way to touch and express the human spirit that few artists have ever imagined, much less approached." - INsite (Gainesville, FL), Greg Allard, February 13, 2012.

"An LP that embodies some of the strongest songs and lyrics in his four-decade career." - Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Nathan Phillips, February 8, 2012.

"We're all looking for it, Leonard, that magical healing of the mind. From a generation whose troubadour and counsellor you have been, there is enormous gratitude that at your mature stage you are still offering us the means to attain it. This album stands with the very best of Cohen's creations. What a joy!" - Caledonian Mercury (UK), Alex Wood, February 14, 2012.

"This is the album to beat in 2012." - The Louisville Cardinal (University of Louisville), Ben Nance, February 14, 2012.

"Rating: 8.0... Leonard Cohen is a Canada-brazen badass." - The Dropp, Zach Frimmel, February 8, 2012.

"So what shines most on this new collection of songs is the grin behind the dark eyes.So what shines most on this new collection of songs is the grin behind the dark eyes... Old Ideas...shows how Leonard, always the poet, continues to sharpen his skilled and unique approach to spoken word with haunting, spare and engaging music." - Sun209 - The Americana Music Journal, Terry Roland, February 16, 2012.

"The slyly seductive bite of his whispered, carefully paced observations still carry a cathartic toxicity... Cohen approaches the doom and gloom with an engrossing, subdued resolve that finds the understated beauty lurking in the shadows of his heart of darkness... Cohen's fluid lucidity, enhanced and enabled by the stellar cast of musicians and singers he has assembled for the album, is on fine display throughout, making "Old Ideas" his most consistently engaging work since 1984's 'Various Positions.'" - Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia), Chris Bopst, February 16, 2012.

"Songs like these show the world again that Cohen is the type of songwriter who only comes along once every thousand years- and at times his voice sounds one thousand years old... Cohen embodies what it is like to be a human being, growing old, and perhaps channeling better than anyone else into ten tracks of music, the peaks and valleys of simply being alive." - Land of Compassion, East Eden, February 17, 2012.

"Rating: 9/10... The 77 year old mines a rich vein of religion, love and death to create some of the most compelling songs of his career." - ContactMusic, Jim Pusey, February 17, 2012.

"A very fine record." - All Manner of Thing, February 15, 2012.

"The craftsmanship he devotes to his work is second to none, the slowness to his songs, the sparseness of the arrangements here, has hit a haunting fever pitch." - Pop'stache, Taylor Cowan, February 15, 2012.

"Old Ideas might be Cohen's strongest effort since taking Manhattan." - The Austin Chronicle, Austin Powell, February 24, 2012.

"It's a keeper. The best release for twenty years." - No Depression, Peter Wrench, February 8, 2012.

"Grade: A+... The living legend did not miss a step, releasing one of his finest works to date... His consistency is remarkable, his talent unquestionable... Old Ideas is an early candidate for the best album of 2012. The baffled king has composed another resounding Hallelujah." - The Muse, David Maher, February 22, 2012.

"Old ideas? Maybe, but they sound as good as new." - Music & Musicians, Eric R. Danton, February 22, 2012.

"The album is dominantly slow and meditative, but this solidarity gives it an incredibly tender effect that makes listening from start to finish a spiritual experience. These songs are like prayers, said for you and me by music's wisest sinner and saint." - UCD Advocate - Noise (University of Colorado Denver), Blake A. Chamness, February 14, 2012.

"Rating: 9 of 10" - Eclipsed (Germany), SaS, March 2012.

"Grade: B+" - Mishka Bloglin, Gnou, February 15, 2012.

"Rating 90/100... The album is a stunner. Cohen may be 77, but he's at the top of his game. Lyrically, he has no peers." - Reviler, Jeremy Hovda, February 28, 2012.

"Old Ideas is an excellent milestone in Cohen's full and expansive career, and it serves to make the audience salivate for his next musical masterpiece." - Vox Magazine, Chris Roll, February 15, 2012.

"Musical Performance: 5 out of 5 - Sound Quality: 4 out of 5 - Overall Enjoyment: 5 out 5... Cohen has always dealt with spiritual issues in his songs, and in the 1990s he spent five years in a Zen Buddhist monastery. Old Ideas shows a comfort with religion that people of any faith, or even none, should find moving, probing, and profound. The entire disc looks at matters of life, death, and love with ease and humor; in addressing those issues, Cohen's voice is moving, deeply reassuring, and wise." - SoundStage! GoodSound!, Joseph Taylor, March 1, 2012.

"4.5 / 5 - Excellent... Without a doubt this is one of Leonard Cohen's best pieces of work in the last twenty-five years and for any eagerly anticipating fan, this will not be a disappointment. For any non-fan, this album may not prove the most easily accessible; for use of a better word, it is raw. However, give it a chance and this album may surprise you, if not for its mellow melodies, then for the soulful openness in Cohen's voice and lyrics." - Chemical Magazine, Morgan Davies, February 23, 2012.

"But it isn't a gloomy or downbeat album. It is the product of life and all of its twists and turns. In its own way, it is a celebration of life. Bravo, Mr. Cohen. And thanks." - The Janesville Gazette (Wisconsin), Shawn Sensiba, March 7, 2012.

"4 stars... Cohen is back in top sardonic form on his best effort since 1992's 'The Future.'" - Press Telegram (Long Beach, CA), Bob Strauss, March 11, 2012.

"Rating: 9.0... his strongest album since I'm Your Man... it is both his least bleak and acoustically focussed album in 30 years... Old Ideas could possibly be Cohen's final offering, and certainly one of his best." - QRO Magazine, James Burgmann, March 7, 2012.

"This really is Cohen at his very best and may even be his best album as a whole... A truly rewarding record." - Entertainment Cocktail, Duncan Grantham, March 7, 2012.

"4.5 out of 5 stars" - Word on Fire, Father Damian Ference, March 2012.

"He hasn't lost a thing to age, but remarkably, he has gained quite a lot. What's more, he's not done sharing his wisdom with the world, and hopefully there is more to come." -, Christopher Sushnyk, March 16, 2012.

"Stunning." - Wicked Local North of Boston, Peter Chianca, March 15, 2012.

"Cohen is still around and yes, he's still wonderful. Give the album a listen and hope that it's not his last... It's good stuff." - Out of Treble, James, March 9, 2012.

"Leonard's voice, so carefully tuned over the years, is a stunning instrument in itself: It is a voice that mimics human yearning. It is powerfully honest in the way that one is compelled to listen as closely as possible." - The Williams Record (Williams College, US), Camila Miller, March 14, 2012.

"The album is packed full with captivating moments from start to finish." - All About Jazz, Nenad Georgievski, March 24, 2012.

"After all these years, when songwriting can be as easy as a game for him, Cohen is still scraping words from the bottom of his heart. And that's all that counts." - Sutradhar's Market, Echo, March 24, 2012.

"* * * * (4 stars)... His lyrics are on their mark again. A must-have for his fans." - The Indian Express, Somya Lakhani, March 31, 2012.

"Old Ideas shows a master of words at work. Cohen is a true wordsmith." - Music Review (South Africa), Frankie Styxx, April 3, 2012.

"Note of the chronicler: 10/10. In a few words: Sublime, divine, majestic." - Faust Sceptik (France), The Celestial Pochard, April 5, 2012.

"Grade: A minus... I am 60 years younger than Leonard Cohen, but for the 42 minutes I spend listening to Old Ideas every time, it doesn't feel like it." - The Hype Weekly, Ben Shields, April 6, 2012.

"Old Ideas is exactly what you want out of Cohen if you've got half a brain. The biggest emotions in the world contained in the simplest lines... Oh and one more thing. Leonard's a bad ass." - Spill Magazine, Anthony Damiao, May 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)... Old Ideas is filled with consciousness and sensitivity, both hallmarks of Cohen's prose, poetry and songwriting. In his hands and with his weathered voice, Cohen proves that while his ideas may be come from someone who is older, they are not time-worn or overused, and indeed say more with less." - Audiophile Audition, Doug Simpson, May 7, 2012.

"4/5 stars... Old a magnum opus of sorts... Is there as poetic, as magnetic, a musician out there as the legendary Leonard Cohen? I dare say not." - AsiaOne, Victoria Barker, May 11, 2012.

"* * * * * (5 stars)... 'Old Ideas' is a gift from heaven!" - Under Floripa (Brazil), Luciano Vitor, May 17, 2012.

"5/5 stars... When most of his contemporaries have long distanced themselves from their audiences, Cohen is sending out a clear message to his: you are not alone." - The Times (UK), Will Hodgkinson, January 28, 2012.

"4 stars... His bone dry wit tackles morality and rages against timeless horror and faded relationships with the finely honed touch of a master." - Mirror (UK), Gavin Martin, January 27, 2012.

"5 stars... Cohen's vocals throughout are a triumph of timing and timbre... It's the best album ever made by a senior citizen." - Mail on Sunday (UK), Tim de Lisle, January 22, 2012.

"5 stars" - Daily Express (UK), SG, approx. January 22, 2012.

"This is the best Cohen since Ten New Songs... The old boy delivers on every track with irony, longing, biting self-reflection and humor." - Patheos, doshoport, July 1, 2012.

"I already have a waiting list of people who want to borrow this album. If you don't want to wait in line I suggest you drop by your local record store. It's worth every penny." - Orange Country Reverb, May 24, 2012.

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