Leonard Cohen Preps New Album

First set of studio
recordings since 2004.

 

By Fred Mills

 

The New York Times is reporting that songwriter Leonard Cohen is planning to release a new album
titled Old Ideas in 2012. It will be
his first studio album since 2004’s Dear
Heather;
during the interim he has released a number of live recordings,
both archival and new, including 2009’s Live
In London
CD and DVD set.

 

“I’ve played it for a few people, and they seem to like it,”
Cohen told the Times. “You know, when
you’re writing, you’re always an absolute beginner. Each time you take up your
guitar and sit by a blank page, you start from scratch. It’s a struggle.”

 

Cohen was in Spain
at the time to receive the Principe de Asturias Prize for literature (for his
poetry).

 

Next week Cohen releases the Complete Studio Albums Collection 11-disc box set comprising,
naturally, all of his studio albums to date: Songs Of (1968), Songs From A Room
(1969), Songs Of Love & Hate (1971), New Skin For The Old Ceremony (1974),
Death Of A Ladies Man (1977), Recent Songs (1979), Various Positions (1984),
I’m Your Man (1988), The Future (1992), Ten New Songs (2001), Dear Heather
(2004).

 

 

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