"Popular Problems" - the next LC album

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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby jerry » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:15 am

Got my copy today. Not bad. Five days before the actual release date!
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby RainDog1980 » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:51 pm

I'm not really understanding the criticisms for the production on this one.

Samson, Did I Ever Love You, A Street, You've Got Me Singing all have live band arrangements. My Oh My is also primarily live instruments played by Pat Leonard, except for the horns. Born in Chains also has a live feel to it.The only track that really uses synthesized sounds is Almost Like The Blues, and the horns on Slow.

There is more organic music on this record, than there has been on any of LC's albums since the Future.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby phillip » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:58 pm

Got my copy today I love it :D
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album (late September 2

Postby Junk » Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:43 am

The Australian release date was supposed to be 26th of September, but I've just received an email to say it's in the post.
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Postby arran » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:59 pm

Hi, thanks for a great album Leonard. All songs absolutely great but My Oh My a special.
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Postby AlanM » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:21 am

Popular Problems is featured as the CD of the day in the Adelaide Advertiser (News Ltd/Murdoch publication).

Leonard Cohen gives you his second album in two years. He again works with Madonna's Like a Prayer - era cohort Patrick Leonard and it sounds thrillingly just as you'd hope. If he ever tours again, Almost Like The Blues will slip in perfectly among his languid laments, while you get a grizzled octogenarian whispering deep in your ear on Samson in New Orleans. The gruff Did I Ever Love You makes Tom Waits sound chipper. On Nevermind, Cohen gets unexpectedly funky complete with discreet beats and world music chants. And on Slow he documents romance for the older gent: "It's not because I'm old, it's not what dying does, I always liked it slow, slow is in my blood."
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Postby B4real » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:50 am

I have just bought my copy of Popular Problems from my local record store – Sanity. They had a “buy 2 for $40” deal; PP was originally priced on the shelf at approx $24.99. So even though I already have most of their songs I persuaded myself to add the Eagles 1972 to 1999 4 disc CD. While looking through the other LC CD’s I saw Old Ideas for approx $14.

I had previously been listening to a HQ downloaded version of PP since 20th August. I have just finished listening to the official CD I purchased and one thing I have to say is that even though the official one is of course better, the quality of sound between either version is really not that noticeably different to the average ear. I can see why some people wouldn't bother buying the official album. But for me, I like to have the (B4)real thing including the booklet in my hands :)

Anyhow, here’s a couple of pics of my purchase this morning.
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Postby Cheshire gal » Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:21 am

Bev! Bev!. There is nothing like the real thing. We could all have downloaded the album, but there is so much more satisfaction just having the ' real thing' in your hands :D :D It is a wonderful collection of songs.
I am hoping you are enjoying it as much as I am.

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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album

Postby B4real » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:45 am

Ah, Marie, these days most people download everything, but as you can see from above and below, I'm still a tactile person at heart!
B4real wrote:But for me, I like to have the (B4)real thing including the booklet in my hands :)
Yes, I do like it and am enjoying it. It's a good album and in some cases rather adventurous. At my very first listening my favourite songs are still the same as now - I'm guessing you know which three they are :razz: At this stage, I prefer some of his previous albums but as is always the case with Leonard's songs, one has to take some time to try and comprehend all he has to say and then that understanding changes to another point of view.....some things are never really completely defined .....such is the nature of those wonderful words! Even the ones that are straight in your face at the beginning can have a meaning more elusive than you take in at first glance. As you know, even loving the violin as I do, it was always Leonard's words alone that I connected with.

....btw - I wish now I had bought a violin CD instead of the Eagles!
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album

Postby Alishibaz » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:40 am

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In Praise of Popular Problems (2014)

I recently bought LC's "Popular Problems" and I want to say that I am just knocked out by this album. IMHO it is just magnificent. It's probably too soon to tell but I'm coming to the opinion that it just may be my very favorite of all his albums.

The reason I say it's probably too soon to tell is because although I'm certain that I feel that way about the musical properties, it always takes me much longer to come to an understanding of his lyrics. They are so profound.

The sound is nothing like any of his previous albums that I've heard. I'm afraid that before acquiring my recent resurgence of interest in his music, my collection was limited to his first four albums.

The sound of this new album is so powerful and his voice seems older but no less dynamic. I love this new album. I think the arrangements are much better than any others I've heard before. I love the way that new instruments have been added. This is music that I would call "Music for Any and All Time". I love to listen to it when I wake up in the morning, when I'm falling asleep at night, whenever I want to engage in some concentrated listening and any other time at all.

I recently found a link to someone who attempted to rank all his albums. I found some of the information there quite interesting. For example, I had never before known that Phil Spector produced (or engineered) one of LC's albums (Death of a Ladies Man) which was ranked very last in the list. I just sampled some of the songs on that album and it sure doesn't sound like any LC music I've ever heard before. I quickly took a strong dislike to the music from that album.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/musi ... -best.html

I have more that I'd like to say about Phil Spector and the LC album he produced. But that will have to wait for another post.

In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts about "Personal Problems" and also about his other new album, "Old Ideas". I haven't bought Old Ideas yet. But I will buy it within the next few days and I'd like to hear your opinions about either or both of these albums.

I discovered this thread just minutes before I was about to start a new thread. Very silly. I should have known someone else would have already started a thread about this album. I will now read the posts in this thread to learn your opinions. If anyone would like to post more opinions in this thread, I sure would love to read them too.
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Re: "Popular Problems" - the next LC album

Postby Vicomte » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:23 pm

Alishibaz wrote:.


In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts about "Personal Problems" and...................
Oh I am sure you wouldn't, some of the people on here will have you talking for hours about their personal problems ;-)
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