27 Songs, 2 Hours 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leonard Cohen has attained the status of elder statesman and plays the part perfectly on this live album, speaking and singing in unmatched eloquent verse and stage banter, graciously thanking his audience for keeping his songs alive and then bringing them to brilliant execution as only Leonard Cohen can. This recording from London’s 02 Arena in July 2008 spans Cohen’s entire career from his initial liftoff with the now standards “Suzanne” and “Bird On the Wire” through his later celebrated work, including the much-covered “Hallelujah,” “Everybody Knows,” “Democracy,” and “First We Take Manhattan.” With a celebrated chorus of supporting singers, a sensitive yet quite active backing band of ambitious guitars, and percolating keyboards, Cohen explores his entire canon with reverence and good humor. The audience returns the favor, cheering wildly when he sings of his “golden voice,” in acknowledgement that no singer has done more with a limited range. If anything, Cohen’s voice improved with age, the deepening of his lowest range adding an ominous, foreboding darkness to these songs of personal struggle and spiritual grace.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Leonard Cohen has attained the status of elder statesman and plays the part perfectly on this live album, speaking and singing in unmatched eloquent verse and stage banter, graciously thanking his audience for keeping his songs alive and then bringing them to brilliant execution as only Leonard Cohen can. This recording from London’s 02 Arena in July 2008 spans Cohen’s entire career from his initial liftoff with the now standards “Suzanne” and “Bird On the Wire” through his later celebrated work, including the much-covered “Hallelujah,” “Everybody Knows,” “Democracy,” and “First We Take Manhattan.” With a celebrated chorus of supporting singers, a sensitive yet quite active backing band of ambitious guitars, and percolating keyboards, Cohen explores his entire canon with reverence and good humor. The audience returns the favor, cheering wildly when he sings of his “golden voice,” in acknowledgement that no singer has done more with a limited range. If anything, Cohen’s voice improved with age, the deepening of his lowest range adding an ominous, foreboding darkness to these songs of personal struggle and spiritual grace.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
218 Ratings

218 Ratings

pepe the taco gi ,

Ain't No Cure for Cohen

I heard this album and got goosebumps. Cohen is an original and a treasure, his intricate words and melodies pull you into his world and a part of you stays there. Leonard Cohen's work is like sung paintings, so dense with meaning you can almost touch them and see the colors on the canvases, amazingly carried by musical notes that only he can sing. If you like Cohen you'll love this album.

Jiggy Gaton ,

Perfect Cohen

Everything from the cover to the mastering to the performance is just perfect Cohen. A great collection of favorites mixed with an entertaining stage presence that is the next best thing to being there. A must have for Cohenphiles.

2nd coming of the Sword of Damocles ,

Good Stuff

Leonard Cohen's music has always been a big part of my youth and adulthood. and over the years of listening to these songs in the studio form hundreds of times, now to hear them live in this 27 song concert is a tremendous treat. this is the best $15.00 you could spend on ITunes. the poet from Toronto. This is a 5 star gem. highly recommended.

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