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Dear Heather


Leonard Cohen


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  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Go No More A-Roving Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  2   Because Of Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  3   The Letters Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  4   Undertow Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  5   Morning Glory Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  6   On That Day Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  7   Villanelle For Our Time Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  8   There For You Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  9   Dear Heather Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  10   Nightingale Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  11   To A Teacher Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  12   The Faith Leonard Cohen MP3 sample
  13   Tennessee Waltz (Live) Leonard Cohen MP3 sample


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Well he's just hit seventy years old, and going as strong as ever (if a little smoother and subtler), delivering his second post-monastery album of new material (the first was 'Ten New Songs') with un-Cohen like haste. While unlikely to produce masterpieces such as 'Songs Of Love And Hate' again, Cohen is certainly still making albums with undeniable grace and style, as a listen to 'Dear Heather' will quickly attest. Almost muted and gospel in sound, and far less lyrically ambiguous than normal, while vocally Cohen tackles his songs with almost hushed reverence, allowing vocalists Sharon Robinson and Anjani Thomas to carry much of the album's melody. Musically the album is largely an intimate and minimal affair, perfectly suiting the confessional-like tone of the album, while Cohen is also taking a sneaky glance at the past - echoing his jazz club poetry readings from the fifties and early sixties ("Go No More A-Roving" and "To A Teacher" are inspired by Irving Layton and A.M. Klein respectively), using a Quebecan folk song for the basis of "The Faith", and tackling "Tennesse Waltz" live, to which he adds a final verse (Cohen's first band was a "country" band). The result is a pleasing and enjoyable work from a genuinely gifted wordsmith, accurately and stylishly reflecting his unique stature within the realms of modern pop music. Recommended.

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Artist: Leonard Cohen
Album: Dear Heather
Cat #: 5147682000
Date: 01/11/2004
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Columbia
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Genres: On Sale , Pop , Rock
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