Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2012 Ratings: #49 / 958
Year End Rank: #33
User Score
Based on 70 ratings
2012 Ratings: #188
January 31, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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,

MinatoArisato
40
Feels preachy and just boring. Cohen has some far better work that feel far less strung out.

Best Track: Darkness
Worst Track: Come Healing
Z.Younk
85
The darkness is especially fantastic, as are many of these tracks.
80
this album could have been much greater if it didnt have a gospel agenda
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Track List

  1. Going Home 
  2. Amen 
  3. Show Me the Place 
  4. The Darkness 
  5. Anyhow 
  6. Crazy to Love You 
  7. Come Healing 
  8. Banjo 
  9. Lullaby 
  10. Different Sides
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