Leonard Cohen’s new album, Live in London, due out later this month, is available for listening on NPR’s site, and it’s worth sampling. Now 74, Cohen’s cigarette and drink-cured voice transforms old tunes like Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye or Suzanne—what was once youthful but endearing faux world-weariness in the original recordings is now the real thing, not a young poet’s reaching but honest-to-God knowing.
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