Leonard Cohen

New Skin For The Old Ceremony (Import) (LP)

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Though it is the least acclaimed of Leonard Cohen’s early albums, NEW SKIN is one of his best, easily the equal of its three predecessors. It is much more ambitious than Cohen’s previous efforts in terms of songwriting, but the production is nevertheless understated and tasteful. The urgent delivery and rhythmic drive of “Lover Lover Lover” and “There is a War” makes it seem like the young David Byrne spent as much time absorbing Cohen as he did Jonathan Richman. Ever the rake, Cohen makes a sly romantic appeal to an objet d’amour on the low-key, dixieland jazz-inflected “Why Don’t You Try.” NEW SKIN is full of emotionally harrowing moments. On “Is This What You Wanted,” Cohen is haunted by the ghost of a relationship that may not even be over yet. “A Singer Must Die” finds him taken to task by the world at large (and himself) for some imagined treason intrinsic to his chosen profession. As effective as they are, these tumultuous scenarios are wisely offset by the black humor of the aforementioned “Why Don’t You Try” and the over-the-top “Leaving Greensleeves.” In all, this is one of Cohen’s strongest and most overlooked albums.

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Leonard Cohen – New Skin For The Old Ceremony – LP Vinyl

Tracklist

DISC 1:
Is This What You Wanted
Chelsea Hotel #2
Lover, Lover, Lover
Field Commander Cohen
Why Don’t You Try
DISC 2:
There Is a War
Singer Must Die
I Tried to Leave You
Who By Fire
Take This Longing
Leaving Green Sleeves

Though it is the least acclaimed of Leonard Cohen’s early albums, NEW SKIN is one of his best, easily the equal of its three predecessors. It is much more ambitious than Cohen’s previous efforts in terms of songwriting, but the production is nevertheless understated and tasteful. The urgent delivery and rhythmic drive of “Lover Lover Lover” and “There is a War” makes it seem like the young David Byrne spent as much time absorbing Cohen as he did Jonathan Richman. Ever the rake, Cohen makes a sly romantic appeal to an objet d’amour on the low-key, dixieland jazz-inflected “Why Don’t You Try.” NEW SKIN is full of emotionally harrowing moments. On “Is This What You Wanted,” Cohen is haunted by the ghost of a relationship that may not even be over yet. “A Singer Must Die” finds him taken to task by the world at large (and himself) for some imagined treason intrinsic to his chosen profession. As effective as they are, these tumultuous scenarios are wisely offset by the black humor of the aforementioned “Why Don’t You Try” and the over-the-top “Leaving Greensleeves.” In all, this is one of Cohen’s strongest and most overlooked albums.

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Weight15 oz
Dimensions12 × 12 × 1 in
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