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. Feb 16, 2012
    6
    At over 2 hours long, this is really for the dedicated Cohen fans. You can't argue with the songwriting but as a live artist on this record he lacks the energy you want to hear. His style is droll anyway and the live setting doesn't do much extra for him especially when it's such a long record. If your a fan of him anyway then you'll like it a lot otherwise it's tough going. Definitely not the place to get introduced to Leonard. Expand

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