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article :Cohen and Dylan in the same year

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:30 pm
by cohenadmirer
http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/09/13 ... same-year/


The gods who inspire such things have graced us with new music from both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan in the same calendar year.

Cohen’s Old Ideas came out near the start of 2012, and now three-quarters the way through, we have Dylan’s Tempest.

Re: article :Cohen and Dylan in the same year

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:07 am
by JudasPriest
Yes indeed, 2 mighty fine albums but for my money Tempest trumps Old Ideas by a distance. That said, Old Ideas is a stately effort with some great stuff but it somehow remains slightly less than the sum of its parts for me. I return to Popular Problems much more than Old Ideas, it seems more free and loose- funkier and cooler all round.

Re: article :Cohen and Dylan in the same year

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:09 am
by JudasPriest
I have a feeling You Want it Darker will be closer to Tempest than Old Ideas or PP. definitely a whiff of the apocalyptic from the brief reports we've heard so far.

Re: article :Cohen and Dylan in the same year

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:24 am
by alb123
JudasPriest wrote:Yes indeed, 2 mighty fine albums but for my money Tempest trumps Old Ideas by a distance. That said, Old Ideas is a stately effort with some great stuff but it somehow remains slightly less than the sum of its parts for me. I return to Popular Problems much more than Old Ideas, it seems more free and loose- funkier and cooler all round.
I'm with you. Popular Problems is a great album from start to finish. Old Ideas has some brilliant moments, but as a whole, I don't think it's one of Leonard's finest records. You could easily make an argument for Popular Problems to be listed among the Top 5 albums he's ever recorded.

Of course, all of this stuff is subjective. There are going to be visitors reading this post of mine and shaking their heads say, "You've got it backwards!" or "They both stink/are amazing!" We all have our opinions. :lol: Frankly, I'm not sure if Leonard has ever released an album that stinks, in my personal opinion. Dear Heather doesn't get played much by me, but there are a few moments I really enjoy. Death of a Ladies Man is probably my least favorite L.C. album. That's a shame because that's got to be one of the best album titles ever! :) :D