Ten New Songs - Leonard Cohen
Ten New Songs Image
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Leonard Cohen's first album of new material since 1992's 'The Future' contains, oddly enough, ten new songs. Sharon Robinson co-wrote each of the tracks, as well as providing instrumentation and backing vocals.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 100
    You have to adjust to its lack of ornamentation and let it settle, seep, uncurl like smoke or love. And there are songs here to equal his best. [Album Of The Month, Dec 2001, p.100]
  2. He's never sounded more sensuous. [12 Oct 2001, p.88]
  3. The first four tracks... [are] as powerful as any he's written.
  4. 70
    His relentless intelligence is itself a consolation, bearing gifts of order and sly humour -- though not so many haunting tunes as on, say I'm Your Man. [Nov 2001, p.100]
  5. Beneath the plasticky politeness is the same old wry fatalism that the likes of Smog continue to strive for.
  6. It's not inappropriate to think of Ten New Songs as an audio book of poetry with musical accompaniment.
  7. This is the first time he's sounded less than vital.

See all 14 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 12, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. "..we met when we were almost young/deep in the green lilac park..."

    I think about you every day. And I hope you are well. There's this version of "C'mon, Marianne" by Bill Callahan that just kills me. It makes me wonder what it would be like to be loved by you. But it's really a Leonard Cohen song. I have read so much about your condition. I'm a compulsive reader. Take care. Not in the cliched sense, but really, take care. If we ever see each other on the street, I hope you won't turn the other way.
    Expand

See all 10 User Reviews