- Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Rank: #49 / 917
USER SCORE
76
Based on
42 ratings

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95
Paste

Old Ideas builds on the promise of his recent world tours and return to the limelight with his strongest, most unified album in decades.

91
A.V. Club

The album is all warmth, putting Cohen’s improbably expressive smoker’s purr in the middle of simple yet sumptuous instrumentation

91
Entertainment Weekly
The 77-year-old Canadian poet laureate lets his weathered voice dominate on his creeping, blues-tinged 12th album. Good thing, too — the man in the suit still commands a room, telling tales of forgiveness, heaven, and alcohol.
90
musicOMH

Arguably the warmest and most accessible part of his comeback trilogy.

90
PopMatters

The new album is a willfully modest affair, its tracks stripped to their most basic elements

80
Drowned in Sound

On Old Ideas he filters these gifts of poetry and keen observation through his bruised, romantic outlook, into a fully-formed album

80
The 405

Old Ideas, unlike many late career albums, will only serve to further the legacy of this astounding artist, rather than tarnish it.

80
NME

At the grand age of 77, Cohen has lost none of his passion – which, as usual, is impeccably restrained on this,

76
Beats Per Minute

Sure, Cohen isn’t going to be climbing up the pop single charts any time soon, but this batch of songs contains some of his better melodies in many years.

74
Pitchfork

The songs are decent, the singing is stunning.

70
Consequence of Sound

Old Ideas, however, succeeds in largely keeping the music subservient, buoyant enough to keep things moving but not distracting any attention from the lyrics, the true star of the show.

Jan 17, 2017
Z.Younk
84
The darkness is especially fantastic, as are many of these tracks.
Aug 24, 2012
80
this album could have been much greater if it didnt have a gospel agenda
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Added on: November 22, 2011