IL SUSSIDIARIO (ITALY) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Today, on the threshold of 80 years (born 1934) Leonard Cohen is back with one of the most beautiful and intense discs of his career. — Il Sussidiario (Italy), January 31, 2012 http://www.ilsussidiario.net/News/Musica-e-concerti/Dischi-Libri/2012/1/31/OLD-IDEAS-La-conversazione-con-la-morte-di-Leonard-Cohen/236776/

TIME MAGAZINE (US) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Here he is, 44 years after the intensely powerful Songs of Leonard Cohen, delivering material that matches the depth and power of that first solo record, covering the same tropes of mortality, sexuality, and religion, while remaining as vibrant and striking a poet as ever… Listeners have been relying on Cohen’s heartbroken yet grinning, world-weary yet hopeful voice to get through that night for decades, and this album should continue that for a whole new batch of souls. — TIME Magazine, January 31, 2012 http://entertainment.time.com/2012/01/31/leonard-cohens-new-beautiful-old-ideas/#ixzz1l4VgWhBs

THE TELEGRAPH (UK) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Lush female harmonies still carry refrains and colour his monochrome tones, but they float on the organic pulse of a live band, that plays with gentle restraint, and weaves flowing violin, trumpet and harmonica melodies in among the glistening pearls of Cohen’s epigrammatic phrases… Cohen’s imagery throughout is elegant, thoughtful and occasionally startling. The music is perfectly matched, neither heavy nor overwrought, it glides by, easy on the ear and on the soul, but opening up to reveal looming depths. It is, in short, and as we might have expected, a work of genius. Sometimes the old ideas are the best. — The Telegraph (UK), January 27, 2012 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/9041805/Leonard-Cohen-Old-Ideas-CD-review.html

THE GUARDIAN (UK) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

“Anyhow” is fantastic, less a song than a suggestively seductive exhalation. “The Darkness” is even better, all seedy guitar, slithery Hammond and filthy chuckles. But when he abandons burlesque for sincerity on “Crazy to Love You”, his unadorned emotion is devastating. — The Guardian (UK), January 26, 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/26/leonard-cohen-old-ideas-review