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New Skin for the Old Ceremony

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of his best

    This is a very good all around album from Is This What You Wanted to the haunting, plaintive wail of Leaving Greensleeves. Cohen's heroin induced spare arrangement of Chelsea Hotel #2 frames the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clever Hope disguised as love, or did I get that confused?

    Leonard Cohen, the most literate of all the singer-songwriters of 60's and 70's, including Dylan, proved he was also a great instrumentalist in this album with clever violas and mandolins. One of his most infamous songs "Chelsea Hotel Number 2" is on here, discussed with great bluntless, especially for Cohen. I loved his themes of the interlocking of love, hate, war, and identity in such works as "There is a war" and the elusive "The Singer Must Die." Bravo, for Lenny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ACROSS THE DIRGES OF HOPELESSNESS INTO THE BALLADS OF EXPECTATION

    After three admirable studio albums, Mr.Leonard Cohen keeps on amazing us with another brilliant work named "New Skin for the Old Ceremony". With a more orchestrated sound (interestingly this time; his guitar does not twang like the engine of an North American diesel-electric locomotive which is ready for a run), a more engaged poetry (unsuprisingly again; his songs are full of forlorn and helpless heroes & heroines) and a less uncertain voice, Mr.Cohen kindles an intense feeling of sadness and melancholy in the listener. The strong proofs for that are "Chelsea Hotel No. 2[a touching homage to Ms.Janis Joplin]", "Field Commander Cohen", "A Singer Must Die", "Who by Fire", and of course " Take This Longing[the "sister of mercy" of "The Last Year's Man"]". "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" wrote Mr.Edgar Allan Poe, a very long time ago. If he is right, we will need Mr.Leonard Cohen's songs to get used to reality, when the dream is over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Skin for the Old Ceremony

    Sparce and textured, this album is really good. Haunting and bitterfully sorrowful '' I Tried to Leave You '' conjures you in the form of a piano. Similarily, '' Why Don't You Try '' is a non-contemptuous songs, in which the narrator asks his love '' why him '' and not '' why not me ''. There are surprizes in this album, like the piano, but also the banjo and saxophone, and that isn't to say the secrets have been given away. Structurally, a wonderful album who's title, New Skin for the Old Ceremony, is met. Leonard Cohen is a master at writing, always has been, and continues to be.

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