Old Ideas - UNCUT Album of the Month

Leonard Cohen's previous album (January 2012)
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Post by Davido » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:03 pm

The latest UNCUT magazine (No.177, February 2012) has a fine 4-star review of 'Old Ideas' by Andy Gill. It is the 'Album Of The Month'. Comprises a full page review facing a full page recent photo of LC by his daughter, Lorca.
" An album that pores over the passing and the past with such defiant, deadpan nobility."
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Post by JudasPriest » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:47 pm

Any more quotes? What do they say are the best songs? The weakest? Why not 5 stars? Any comparisons with previous albums?
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Post by John Etherington » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:55 pm

The other highlighted quote in Gill's review says: "His first studio album for eight years finds Cohen addressing love on a larger moral scale" (referring to the song "Amen").

"Going Home" is described as "perfect opener" ... "delivered over the electric piano and synthetic reed that made 'I'm Your Man' so lazily beguiling".

"Come Healing" is apparently "the "most likely heir to "Hallelujah".

"Show Me the Place" and "Anyhow" are said to "plod along to a glum blend of organ and piano", while "Elsewhere 'Lullaby' wafts languidly on an undulating guitar figure".

Finally "Crazy to Love You" {which Anjani featured on "Blue Alert"} "perhaps summarises 'Old Ideas' most effectively".

I suspect four stars acknowledges the quality, whilst suggesting that the album,in Gill's mind, does not quite reach the level of his previous favourite Leonard album/s.

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P.S. The full page colour photo is a familiar one of Leonard in grey double brested suit and fedora, unshaven with his right hand on his chest.
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Post by JudasPriest » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:49 pm

Thanks John, much appreciated.
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Post by JudasPriest » Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:52 pm

I'm taking from the above that he's not too keen then on Show Me The Place and Anyhow.
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Post by John Etherington » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:14 am

JP - The review is generally non-judgemental. It focuses more on the lyrics of the songs, and what Leonard might be trying to convey.
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Post by jerry » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:37 am

Is the Uncut review online yet?
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Post by JudasPriest » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:26 am

I don't think so Jerry. Slightly concerning that Old Ideas gets four stars while the same publication gave Dear Heather a maximum 5...
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Post by jerry » Sun Jan 01, 2012 1:35 am

JudasPriest wrote:I don't think so Jerry. Slightly concerning that Old Ideas gets four stars while the same publication gave Dear Heather a maximum 5...
That is strange.
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Post by Goldin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:19 pm

Many thanks, Natalie!
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Post by JudasPriest » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:39 pm

Thanking you kindly Natalie...
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Post by MaryB » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:15 am

Much appreciated John and Natalie!
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Post by edlosi » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:49 am

Thanks Natalie!
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