It’s Official – Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album To Be Released Sept 23, 2014

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Sony Music Press Release Follows:

LEONARD COHEN RELEASES
‘POPULAR PROBLEMS
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ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
A DYNAMIC STUDIO ALBUM OF NEW SONGS

In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy.  Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.”  His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart.  The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over.

In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.

“Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records. “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.”

Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album and will be released on September 23rd, two days after his 80th birthday.  Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally (http://smarturl.it/PopularProblems) will receive an instant download of his new song, “Almost Like The Blues.”  Click here to listen.1

To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen’s endless poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.

Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

Revisit Leonard Cohen’s Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com.

Popular Problems Tracklisting:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing

ABOUT LEONARD COHEN:
Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades.

His explorations of spiritual, interpersonal, romantic and political themes have impacted countless contemporary recording artists and writers. He has sold over 23 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books, the most recent of which was 2006′s ‘Book of Longing’, a collection of poetry, prose and drawings, which reached #1 on the Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Books in Canada.

Cohen’s influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. In fact, when Cohen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, the revered Lou Reed singled out Leonard as one of the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.” Cohen’s songbook has been covered by hundreds of recording artists including Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Rufus Wainwright and the Civil Wars. Tribute albums have been released in Cohen’s honor in France, Norway, Canada, Spain, Swedish, Czech Republic, South Africa and the United States. In 2008 Cohen’s “Hallelujah” became the fastest-selling digital single in European history when three separate versions of the song appeared simultaneously on the UK singles chart – Cohen’s own original recording, a version from Jeff Buckley and another from X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. Additionally, Leonard’s songs have been frequently selected to illustrate the emotion of motion pictures and television programs and have been heard in Watchmen, The Passion of The Christ, Natural Born Killers, The Wonder Boys, Pump Up The Volume, Secretary, The West Wing, The O.C. and many others.

Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize – the highest literary award in Spain (Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native has earned his country’s highest civilian honors – Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).

Cohen’s recent return to live performance was met with extraordinary and unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from 2008 through 2013. Cohen’s mesmerizing recent performances, deemed “a spiritual experience” by all accounts, totaled 470 shows in 31 countries attended by four million fans.

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  1. DrHGuy Note: Popular Problems is also listed on the US, UK, & German Amazon sites []

Listen To Complete Version Of “Almost Like the Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album

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Leonard Cohen – Almost Like the Blues (Audio)
Video from LeonardCohenVEVO

Leonard Cohen’s New Album “Popular Problems” On US Amazon – Preorder & Tracklist

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Amazon – Popular Problems

Update: The link may have been taken down

Tracklist
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing

Credit Due Department: Roman Gavrilin (aka Hermitage Prisoner) alerted me to this news delivered in a LeonardCohenForum post by MarieM

Cover Art For Leonard Cohen’s New Album “Popular Problems”

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Found at Stereo Studio, which also has the album available for pre-order

Also see Lyrics To “Almost Like The Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album and Listen To “Almost Like The Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album

Credit Due Department: I was first made aware of this online ad by a Facebook post by Gordana Stupar

Lyrics To “Almost Like The Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album

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Lyric: Almost Like The Blues by Leonard Cohen
Transposed by Lennard Torbijn

I saw some people starving
There was murder, there was rape
Their villages were burning
They were trying to escape

I couldn’t meet their glances
I was staring at my shoes
It was acid, it was tragic
It was almost like the blues
It was almost like the blues

I have to die a little
between each murderous plot
and when I’m finished thinking
I have to die a lot

There’s torture, and there’s killing
and there’s all my bad reviews
The war, the children missing, lord
It’s almost like the blues
It’s almost like the blues

Though I let my heart get frozen
to keep away the rot
my father says I’m chosen
my mother says I’m not

I listened to their story
of the gypsies and the Jews
It was good, it wasn’t boring
It was almost like the blues
It was almost like the blues

There is no G-d in heaven
There is no hell below
So says the great professor
of all there is to know

But I’ve had the invitation
that a sinner can’t refuse
It’s almost like salvation
It’s almost like the blues
It’s almost like the blues

Also see Listen To “Almost Like The Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album and Cover Art For Leonard Cohen’s New Album “Popular Problems”

Listen To “Almost Like The Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album

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Hør Leonard Cohens nye single at Gaffa.dk declares

Shazam can exclusively present Leonard Cohen’s new single, “Almost Like the Blues”

The song is available at the link

Update: The same preview is available at Sony Music

Update: Also see Lyrics To “Almost Like The Blues” From Leonard Cohen’s New Popular Problems Album and Cover Art For Leonard Cohen’s New Album “Popular Problems”