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  • Summary: The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter and poet, now 70 years old, returns with his 11th studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
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  1. 100
    Dear Heather is Cohen's highest tide yet, his most exquisite marriage of song and poetry and ambiguous grace. [Nov 2004, p.114]
  2. 84
    Dear Heather, while slow and deep like all of Cohen's albums, carries its own rich surprises. [#13, p.95]
  3. 80
    Dear Heather is top Cohen. [Nov 2004, p.131]
  4. His sleaziness is hilarious. [30 Oct 2004, p.65]
  5. What makes Dear Heather tick are the ladies who look back: longtime co-composer/producer Sharon Robinson and producer-engineer Leanne Ungar, as well as occasional co-lead vocalist Anjani Thomas, who open up the arrangements from the often repetitive Casio-lounge feel of 2001's Ten New Songs.
  6. A straightforward, warm-sounding album. [Dec 2004, p.138]
  7. Mostly, Dear Heather just coasts on poetic phrasing and inoffensive tunes.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. XavierF
    Jan 10, 2005
    9
    Again Leonard brings out something that tugs at the soul. The fact that this man spends most of his time in a buddhist monastary shines Again Leonard brings out something that tugs at the soul. The fact that this man spends most of his time in a buddhist monastary shines through in his music; what we listen to is both musicly genius and somehow spiritual. Expand
  2. lawrenceh
    Oct 26, 2004
    9
    While 10 New Songs(2001) found L.C. in a tired mood, this collection is musically more lively and varied, the tracks being spiced with some While 10 New Songs(2001) found L.C. in a tired mood, this collection is musically more lively and varied, the tracks being spiced with some tasteful instrumentation adding texture to the synth approach continued from this work's aforementioned predecessor. Lyrically, Leonard explores his usual themes emphasizing confronting age and mortality and homages to his lost literary friends. His wordcraft precision is even more noticeable here than on his last work, a marked departure from his more detailed and lengthy expression found in his early work. Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    8
    It is a good album , because its all about the lyrics I cat talk about the music his lyrics a lots of the time simple put good,he is the bestIt is a good album , because its all about the lyrics I cat talk about the music his lyrics a lots of the time simple put good,he is the best row-model for kids that want to be song writers Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2014
    2
    This is one of Cohen's worst albums. The tempos are painfully slow, Cohen's voice is nothing more than a hoarse whisper, and his backup singerThis is one of Cohen's worst albums. The tempos are painfully slow, Cohen's voice is nothing more than a hoarse whisper, and his backup singer takes the lead, which is the silliest thing I've ever heard. The instrumentals are deprived of any complexity, emotion, or dynamics. Thank god Cohen is a half-decent poet, or where would he be right now, for he cannot write entertaining music for his life. Expand