• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 26, 2004
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Uncut
    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. Of course Cohen can’t sing, but what matter that when the words are so rich?
  3. Filter
    84
    Dear Heather, while slow and deep like all of Cohen's albums, carries its own rich surprises. [#13, p.95]
  4. Completely fascinating from beginning to end.
  5. Blender
    80
    Dear Heather is top Cohen. [Nov 2004, p.131]
  6. Cohen's towering presence and deft songwriting breathe life into the lite-jazz arrangements.
  7. Mojo
    80
    Lyrically it's one of Cohen's least ambiguous albums... Musically it's melodic and memorable. [Nov 2004, p.96]
  8. If this is indeed his final offering as a songwriter, it is a fine, decent, and moving way to close this chapter of the book of his life.
  9. Leonard Cohen has had No Voice since he began recording at 33. But he has more No Voice today, at 70, than he did on Ten New Songs, at 67.
  10. 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.
  11. At once new and old, familiar and fresh.
  12. New Musical Express (NME)
    70
    His sleaziness is hilarious. [30 Oct 2004, p.65]
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    The preponderance of slight songs marks this as a minor effort. [29 Oct 2004, p.69]
  14. Q Magazine
    60
    A straightforward, warm-sounding album. [Dec 2004, p.138]
  15. During Dear Heather, it becomes hard to escape the sensation that Cohen is expending all his energy on the words and losing interest in music.
  16. Given that this may be your final release, this is no way to say goodbye.
  17. Pretty much nothing from Dear Heather is without some kind of significant flaw, and the only thing saving it from being below average---at least in a general sense, and not kept strictly to his own discography----are the few moments that Cohen is kept solitary with as little outside interference as possible.
  18. A particularly dour, unsatisfying way to end such an intriguing career.
  19. Mostly, Dear Heather just coasts on poetic phrasing and inoffensive tunes.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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 Full Review »