Old Ideas is a spare, low-key album rooted in blues and gospel-- maybe the closest thing he's made to "folk" music since the early 1970s. Backup singers sing passionate, wordless melodies; the bass sounds like the big, upright kind. I think it's his first studio album in 20 years to not rely exclusively on drum machines for percussion. The musical setting suits the state of his voice, which is meant as a mixed compliment: One of the great things about hearing his 1980s and 1990s albums was trying to reconcile his heroic presence with all the Casios. Some of the best moments on Old Ideas, like the bizarre foregrounding of synthesizer during the album's first thirty seconds, prove that Cohen and his collaborators have the wits to remind listeners that as soon as tape is rolling, nothing, no croak, no wail, no plea, is all-natural.
Release date: 2012
1. Going Home
3. Show Me The Place
6. Crazy To Love You
7. Come Healing
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