“[Leonard Cohen is] the savagely compassionate bard of spiritual, romantic, and political chiaroscuro” Bio re Popular Problems

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Cohen, by evidence of his elegant, intrepid new album and his lithe manner of holding court, rakish in a well-cut suit, a trademark fedora shored upon his knee, still holds in firm possession a twin nature that has become the stuff of myth and gospel, prattle and prayer. There is the wit that can be scabrous, the meditations that are by turns reverent and apocalyptic, the tenderness that shifts suddenly savage, the imperishable questing within and without that appears at once futile and cardinal, the humor often mordant and swiftly bewitched, the meter of longing, the rhyme of despair, the sullied shoes marching or stumbling ever toward that which will make us whole.quotedown2


Read the full review at Leonard Cohen on the Inner Workings of His New Album ‘Popular Problems’ by Todd Aaron Jensen. Bio: Dec 1, 2014.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Rama – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, via Wikipedia

Note: Originally posted Dec 1, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Leonard Cohen is America’s poet/prophet of the sacred & profane, and he delivers majestically on this brief but powerful album.” Pop Matters’ Review Of Popular Problems

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The full review can be found at Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems by Ed Whitelock Pop Matters: 25 September 2014.

Note: Originally posted September 25, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Leonard Cohen takes the listener by the hand …” Slug Reviews Popular Problems

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Cohen takes the listener by the hand and walks through the rotten, damp streets of dystopia and sorrow, painting portraits with a humming organ and clean, jangled guitar.quotedown2


Read the entire article at Review: Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems by Alex Gragun (Slug Magazine: Jan 1, 2015)
Note: Originally posted Jan 3, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Catalan Video Spotlights Popular Problems

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Featuring Javier Mas & Alberto Manzano

Televisió de Catalunya: Leonard Cohen offers a five minute video in Catalan (except for the words spoken or sung by Leonard Cohen) focused on Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems album. The only segments original to this video appear to be the sections featuring Javier Mas and Alberto Manzano.

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Javier Mas

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Alberto Manzano

The remainder is an amalgam of previously published films (e.g., Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Leonard Cohen) and promotional videos (e.g., Almost Like The Blues). The text below is excerpted from the same site:

Una aproximació al nou disc de Leonard Cohen ara que el cantant ha fet 80 anys. Hem escoltat el disc amb dos personalitats que coneixen bé aquest artista imprescindible, el guitarrista Javier Mas que ha tocat al seu costat i el traductor al castellà de les seves cançons, i també biògraf, Alberto Manzano.

[Via Google Translate:] An approach to the new album by Leonard Cohen, the singer has now 80 years old. We listened to the album with two personalities who know the art world, guitarist Javier Mas touched his side and translator of Spanish songs, and biographer, Alberto Manzano.

Note: Originally posted October 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“This captivating blend of elegance & cryptic sense of humor bathes [Leonard Cohen’s] songs” El Periodico’s Review of Popular Problems

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Excerpt [via Google Translate]:

Popular Problems is not a very long drive, 36 minutes with light instrumentation based on keyboards and occasional contributions from strings (Moldovan  violinist Alexandru Bublitchi, the only one of the musicians in his touring group that takes part in the album ) and small additives such as exotic percussion Nevermind. It opens with Slow, medium surround while playing with some lyrical parody. “I am delaying the melody, / I never liked fast / (…) / It’s not that old / Not that I’m dead / is that I liked slowly /’s what mom said.

The full review can be read at Los 80 de Leonard Cohen by Jordi Bianciotto (El Periodico: Sept 18, 2014)

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this review.

Note: Originally posted September 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Cohen’s couplets are so satisfying, you can’t help but smile when he reaches the inevitable rhyme, even when the underlying message is disturbing” Neil McCormick

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Cohen’s couplets are so satisfying, you can’t help but smile when he reaches the inevitable rhyme, even when the underlying message is disturbing. He is not afraid of ambiguity but doesn’t use it to disguise woolly thinking. There is always a sense of deeper layers of meaning, images that linger and ideas to contemplate when the music fades. The album ends, rather wonderfully, with breezy anthem You Got Me Singing, suggesting Cohen is in no hurry to leave the stage: “You got me singing even though the world is gone/ You got me thinking that I’d like to carry on/ You got me singing even though it all looks grim/ You got me singing the Hallelujah hymn.” Hallelujah to that.quotedown2

 

 

This well written review can be read in its entirety at Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, review: ‘a masterpiece’ by Neil McCormick (The Telegraph: Sept 23, 2014)

Note: Originally posted Sept 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric