2004-10-22

The Guardian review of Leonard Cohen's "Dear Heather"

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian gave "3 stars out of 5" for Leonard Cohen's new album "Dear Heather" (22/10/04).

"Dear Heather demonstrates that age brings with it its own problems, not least the fact that Cohen cannot really sing any more."

"It becomes hard to escape the sensation that Cohen is expending all his energy on the words and losing interest in music, not least on Villanelle For Our Time and to a Teacher, which sound less like songs than poetry recitals set to vague jazz backings."

"The arrangements are frequently ghastly: ... keyboard noises that sound suspiciously like factory settings on a cheap synthesizer, the oily sax imported from a hotel lobby muzak tape."

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