Videos by American Songwriter
The good folks at NPR Music are offering up a sneak preview of Leonard Cohen’s 12th studio album, Old Ideas, which is due January 31 via Columbia.
In her review, NPR’s Ann Powers equates the album with Bob Dylan’s late-career masterpiece Time Out Of Mind.
Like that album, 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. “The Darkness,” with its funky undertow, and “Banjo,” an easy talking blues, are especially Dylanesque, with Cohen adding tartness to his own gravelly growl and his band getting into a loose Americana groove.