- CD de audio (31 de enero de 2012)
- Número de discos: 1
- Formato: Audiolibro, CD
- Sello: Sony Music
- ASIN: B0070QSP5O
- Disponible también en: CD de audio | Disco de vinilo | Música MP3
- Valoración media de los clientes: 4.7 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Ver todas las opiniones (3 opiniones de clientes)
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº33.421 en Música (Ver el Top 100 en Música)
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"JOAQUIN SABINA ha adaptado al castellano todas las letras de las canciones de Old Ideas (Viejas Ideas), el nuevo álbum de LEONARD COHEN, y se incluirán en un libreto dentro del CD. SABINA ha realizado una adaptación abierta de los textos de Cohen, Show Me The Place (Dime un lugar), la primera canción que se puede escuchar del álbum que se acerca al espíritu del blues más calmado, enriquecido con armonías menos habituales y que en las cuerdas se diría que quieren acercarse a la música celta en otra maravilla emocionante que alcanza su máxima expresión cuando aparecen los coros. Las diez canciones se sumergen en los temas más profundos de la existencia humana, y es el trabajo posiblemente más espiritual del cantante y compositor canadiense. El pasado 21 de Octubre recibió el Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras 2011 en el Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo. Según el acta del jurado, el premio le ha sido otorgado ""por una obra literaria que ha influido en tres generaciones de todo el mundo, a través de un imaginario sentimental en el que la poesía y la música se funden en un valor inalterable."
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El disco es una gozada para todos aquellos que disfrutan del talento de este canadiense incombustible.
Eso si, aunque el disco me encanta son sólo 10 canciones (todas buenas) por lo que me sigue pareciendo alto lo que se cobra por un CD.
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Cohen's voice these days has passed through the Whisky & Cigarettes stage and is well on the way to a Chronic Bronchitis sound, but he still has that fabulous depth and resonance beneath the weariness and the creaks. He hovers between singing and speaking for much of this album even more than previously, but as a friend once said to me, "No one can sing a Leonard Cohen song the way Cohen himself can't." How true. He is miked very close so, particularly when listening on headphones, it really feels as though he is present and whispering into your ear.
All this is perfect for the songs here, whose lyrics are Cohen at his best: thoughtful, allusive, melancholy, witty and sometimes provoking. The religious imagery he has always used so brilliantly is well in evidence, and it is striking how much of it is now specifically Christian. Broken relationships, suffering and death have always been in the corner of Cohen's eye whatever he is writing about. They are often in plain sight here and are treated with insight, resignation, compassion and beauty. The old witty twinkle and his self-deprecatory streak are still there, though, and shine through what is often a very elegiac atmosphere. He still has that fantastic ability somehow to get to the heart of things both when he's speaking straightforwardly and even when direct meaning is elusive. These are songs to take into your heart, nurture and allow to grow there.
I think that several of these songs, including Amen, Show Me The Place and Different Sides are likely to become Cohen classics, but there is nothing to be sanitized and exploited by talent-show winners here and if you don't like Leonard Cohen this album certainly won't convert you. However, those legions of us who know that he was born like this, he had no choice, he was born with the gift of a golden voice will be delighted and deeply satisfied that that voice, both in what he writes and how he performs it, has lost none of its magnificent lustre.
I recommend his album wholeheartedly. I suspect that it may be a masterpiece
A friend told be to rush to hear it. He had listened to it while driving and had to stop by the side of the road: to think, to feel , to cry. I have just listened and simply cannot recall its equal. This is the essential man and the singular human. Everyone will hear the words through a different ear. It has the deepest sadness I have heard spoken to music in the modern era. " Crazy has places to hid in" and so does genius.
One review said all must be right with the world that a 77 year old man could give such a gift of brilliance. This is what words and music were meant to convey. We live close to Montreal and go to the neighborhood that Leonard lives in. I have always imagined seeing him walk down the street and , in some ways, wait for the waters to part. This is a very rare human being and this is a remarkable and touching reminder of what life can give us. If you have lived life at all, this collection of songs will change you.
I come to this album as one who knows little about Leonard Cohen and his music. I've admired both the Jeff Buckley and Brandi Carlile covers of "Hallelujah," and I remember liking the Concrete Blonde cover of "Everybody Knows" when it appeared on the PUMP UP THE VOLUME soundtrack. I know Cohen is Canadian and that he is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential singer-songwriters of our time. Despite the countless times I've read his name when reading about music over the years, I just never got around to him. Some of you may consider this an unforgivable admission of musical ignorance, while other Cohen newbies like me can take solace in the knowledge that they are not alone.
And now I see Leonard Cohen, seventy-seven years old, sitting in a black suit, black hat, and black sunglasses on his enigmatic, black-shadowed album cover at the top of the Amazon sales charts and I can't help but think "it must be time for me to get around to Leonard Cohen..."
Hearing OLD IDEAS has taught me that popping my Cohen cherry so relatively late in my musical fandom is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because apparently I have now just skimmed the surface of a true treasure trove that I can savor digging into deeply for the first time. A curse because these are treasures that could have been with me all along. I have been missing out until now but it is time to make up for lost time with Leonard.
I imagine true fans of the man will already know all about this album. They will already know that this is another great one and that it's worth the time they will put into it. Casuals and newbies who are wondering about what the true fans already know can know the following now:
This is a musical album of uncommonly unaffected poetry and grace, encompassing a variety of musical styles, and delivered in a gravelly speak-sing baritone. A rich combination to be sure, and it all goes down like an acquired taste - whiskey, or coffee, or...caviar.
At first listen the most immediately accessible songs seem to be both the first ("Going Home") and the last ("Different Sides"), and over the course of the eight tracks in between Cohen confidently plays the game of "Operation" on the body of the human condition.
If you're wavering at all on this purchase, ask yourself if you're the kind of person who might enjoy an album that opens with the singer talking about himself in the third person:
"I love to speak with Leonard, he's a sportsman and a shepherd, he's a lazy b _ s t _ _ d living in a suit..."
Basically, this is music for smart people. And if you're still reading this then either you're already a smart person, or, after hearing this album (like me) you'll be that much closer to becoming one...
It's a broken banjo bobbing
On the dark infested sea
It's coming for me darling
No matter where I go
Its duty is to harm me
My duty is to know
What's going on here? What is the dark sea infested with? Why is the banjo broken, menacing? How come it's after the 77 year old songwriter, intent on harming the gracious and self deprecating old fellow?
We never learn. Perhaps this is a merciful thing...
Over the course of his lifetime Cohen's ever more gravelly baritone has at times been the voice of the prophet, the muse, the lecher, the lover, the poet, the madman and oftentimes, the priest. All are represented in Old Ideas, a remarkable new collection of songs by the master.
This is a starkly existential album. It traces a thin line along the edge of an abyss. But even as it does so, it holds out the hope of redemption and the promise of restoration - a coming out of the darkness and into the light.
Darkness is one song I just can't get out of my mind. It's a taut and sinister twelve bar that's at any moment ready to snap. The tension is unbelievable:
I caught the darkness
It was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
Drinking from your cup
I said, "Is this contagious?"
You said, "Just drink it up."
Meanwhile Leonard finger picks insistently, Neil Larsen weaves a haunting refrain on the Hammond B3, and when Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters kick in with a vocal of urgent and barely restrained desire it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
How about this from Different Sides:
I to my side call the meek and the mild
You to your side call the Word
By virtue of suffering I claim to have won
You claim to have never been heard
Both of us say there are laws to obey
But frankly I don't like your tone
You want to change the way I make love
I want to leave it alone
The production of this album is exceptional. The arrangements are spare and precise, tightly wound, and flawlessly executed by an outstanding group of musicians, several of whom accompanied Cohen on his recent epic world tour.
Another song I just can't get away from is Show Me the Place.
Show me the place, help me roll away the stone
Show me the place, I can't move this thing alone
Show me the place where the Word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began
The piano is distant even as it carries with it an abiding sadness and pain.
And then Come Healing:
And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb
Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
The cruelty or the grace
O solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind
O, see the darkness yielding
That tore the light apart
Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart
There's no doubt about it. Old Ideas is a masterpiece.