• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Mar 31, 2009
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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 4 out of 41

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  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 notAt 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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91

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

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  1. 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).
  2. Live in London is a reminder that Cohen is as gifted a performer as he is a songwriter.
  3. The wry humour on display even extends to the setlist, with 'I Tried To Leave You' being the first song of the encore. It's little touches like that which make Live In London both the perfect souvenir for those who were there on the night and also a handy introduction to one of the true living legends of the music industry.