THE INDEPENDENT (IRELAND) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

The old master’s words are a joy to listen to. You can see why everyone from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain adored him and why we still flock to his concerts… There is plenty to drink up on Old Ideas. There is plenty of new ideas left in the sassy septuagenarian with the crooked smile. — The Independent (Ireland), January 29, 2012 http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/troubadour-cohen-finds-new-truths-in-old-ideas-3003024.html

CHICAGO TRIBUNE — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

‘Old Ideas’ is not another of the dreaded winter-of-my-years albums… [Cohen’s] still feisty after all these years, his entanglements with love and aging documented with wicked wit and an attitude that is anything but sentimental. — Chicago Tribune, January 24, 2012 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-24/entertainment/chi-leonard-cohen-album-review-old-ideas-reviewed-20120124_1_leonard-cohen-album-review-12th-studio-album

HUFFINGTON POST — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Old Ideas is anything but a valedictory. It’s taut, vital music… 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. Because Leonard Cohen…is older than time and younger than tomorrow. He insists he has no answers…but we know he does something even more important: He asks the right questions. — Huffington Post, January 24, 2012 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-kornbluth/leonard-cohen-at-77-calls_b_1227640.html

NPR (US) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Old Ideas… throbs with that life, its verses rife with zingers and painful confessions, and its music sounds more richly varied than anything Cohen has done in years… Old Ideas contemplates mortality in the bitter light of failed romance; it fearlessly broaches emotional extremes while still dropping the wisdom of an elder who should know better. — NPR (US), January 22, 2012 http://www.npr.org/2012/01/22/145340430/first-listen-leonard-cohen-old-ideas?ps=mh_fl

DROWNED IN SOUND — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

My first front-to-back listen of Old Ideas quickly became an exercise in keeping up; the man is so endlessly quotable… On Old Ideas he filters these gifts of poetry and keen observation through his bruised, romantic outlook, into a fully-formed album that sounds as if it was always in there, waiting to see the light of day. Or the darkness. — Drowned in Sound, January 24, 2012 http://drownedinsound.com/releases/16766/reviews/4144363?ticker

LONDON FREE PRESS (Canada) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Solid, superb… Sublimely poetic and mischievously frisky lyrics about sex and love and salvation and death, set against a gently sweeping backdrop of melancholy melodies and languidly hypnotic grooves, and breathed directly into your ear in a voice so dark, rich and deep it makes Tom Waits sound like Justin Bieber. — London Free Press (Canada), January 20, 2012 http://www.lfpress.com/entertainment/music/2012/01/20/19272196.html

THE TELEGRAPH (UK) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

An album full of classic Cohen: poetic, philosophical and funny lyrics matched to sparse sinuous melodies and delicate harmonies… Old Ideas is an unexpected and precious gift of new gems from an old master. — The Telegraph (UK), January 19, 2012 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopmusic/9025547/Leonard-Cohens-Old-Ideas-album-new-gems-from-an-old-master.html

THE OBSERVER (UK) — REVIEW: OLD IDEAS

Old Ideas… is more of the stuff that has made Cohen indispensable for six decades: desire, regret, suffering, misanthropy, love, hope, and hamming it up… anywhere you dip your net, you catch some depth… a work of wry righteousness. — The Observer (UK), January 21, 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/22/leonard-cohen-old-ideas-review?newsfeed=true

Tufts Daily – Review: Songs From the Road

The crowd’s obvious enthusiasm is one of the best parts of the album. One generally doesn’t see acoustic folk heroes inspiring the same fevered cries as a stadium rock band, but maybe that’s just another part of Cohen’s magic. — Tufts Daily, September 29, 2010 http://www.tuftsdaily.com/arts/leonard-cohen-is-better-than-ever- 1.2347597#.Trxt_UNyKNo