Live In London - Leonard Cohen
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  • Summary: The Canadian singer returned from a Buddhist monastery to discover that his business manager had stolen his retirement money. The two-disc set recorded live at London's O2 Arena on July 17, 2008 was part of the tour to help rebuild his retirement.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. 100
    Apart from the comprehensive compilation aspect and the rich live presence, this double CD also pauses to capture the remarkable way he welcomes 20,000 people to his fireside. [May 2009, p.98]
  2. The band is on it, the backup singers are solicitous, and Cohen's husk of a voice has been juiced up by the exercise.
  3. 100
    OAP releases best live album ever?
  4. London is by far Cohen's most generous live release, and if it tilts too heavily to the last two decades of his career, it compensates by including virtually all of the classics from the first three.
  5. 80
    An uncommonly thoughtful victory lap, which deserves--and has received--a handsome recorded memorial.
  6. Perhaps fate forced Leonard Cohen's hand to stage the tour documented in part on Live in London, but it seems that fate knows just what it's doing, and this album eloquently demonstrates how much Cohen still has to offer, and how clearly his music still speaks to him (and us).
  7. Cohen manages to find the happy (and probably most obvious) middle ground between his spare origins and the sheen of his later work with light, jazzy instrumentation, with the songs stretched out to allow for several solos and interludes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. PaulM
    Apr 7, 2009
    10
    A towering inspiration!
  2. FrankH
    Apr 4, 2009
    10
    Just saw LC in Dallas last night.. AMAZING SHOW.. very similar set played as the London concert.. Mr Cohen's voice has aged like fine wine with a hint of aged tobacco.. This CD is excellent and kudos to the band as well! Expand
  3. JackL.
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    In the waste land of contemporary performances Cohen's farewell tour reminds that music is art and can elevate us.
  4. AdrianK
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    There are no words to describe the experience of witnessing Mr Leonard Cohen. Fortunately, there is the music.
  5. Ardo
    Oct 30, 2009
    10
    I would just like to say that John B, much like most prog fans, is a shallow-minded imbecile. "The Incident" is Porcupine Tree's worst album in a long time. This, on the other hand, is a heartfelt and moving performance by one of the greatest singer-songwriters in history. Expand
  6. Pierre-MichelF.
    Dec 16, 2009
    10
    Fantastic album and great "entry door" to the world of this awesome musicia for those who didn't know him. I can tell because I was one of them! Thank you mister Cohen, I bow in respect. Expand
  7. JOHNB
    Oct 18, 2009
    1
    This cd might be good if you want to fall asleep how old are the critics 70 years old. porcupine tree the incident is the cd of the year.

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