The Word On... Old Ideas, Leonard Cohen

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"Maybe the inevitable covers of these songs to come will reveal buried musical charms as rich as the lyrical gems. At the moment, however, they combine for a welcome but somewhat lacklustre encore."

"It's taut, vital music, stripped of the electronic gimmicks that sounded so cool a few records ago and got tiresome when they seemed to be covering for weak songs and a weakening voice... 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."

"Leonard Cohen remains his own man, with a unique sound that brings the temple to the cabaret and a sensibility balancing humour and profundity on the crystal stem of a glass filled with red wine of an ideal vintage."