Ten New Songs

Release date
21 Mar 2014
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 In My Secret Life 4:53 114,704
2 A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:25 84,970
3 That Don't Make It Junk 4:25 39,234
4 Here It Is 4:14 38,933
5 Love Itself 5:23 56,469
6 By the Rivers Dark 5:17 38,178
7 Alexandra Leaving 5:22 59,150
8 You Have Loved Enough 5:39 32,086
9 Boogie Street 6:02 44,551
10 The Land Of Plenty 4:35 30,622

About this album

“I’m back on Boogie Street,” declares Leonard Cohen on two different songs in this collection, titled with characteristic understatement Ten New Songs. (Previous album titles have included Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, and Recent Songs.) More poet than musician, Cohen has, since his early albums, tended to rely on collaborations with musicians to put together his music: John Lissauer on 1974’s New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Henry Lewy on 1979’s Recent Songs, and, notoriously, Phil Spector on 1977’s Death of a Ladies’ Man. On Ten New Songs, his partner is former backup singer Sharon Robinson, who co-wrote “Everybody Knows” on 1988’s I’m Your Man and earns co-writing credit on all the material here. She has also conjured the musical backgrounds (“All tracks arranged, programmed, and performed by Sharon Robinson, reads the credit), and she harmonizes with Cohen throughout. But all collaborators (even Spector) are in the service of Cohen’s poetic vision, which remains the dominant element on this elegiac set. After a restatement of purpose on “In My Secret Life,” he turns in a moody set of reflections on decline, even alluding to fellow poet Robert Frost’s famous “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” in “A Thousand Kisses Deep”: “And maybe I had miles to drive/And promises to keep/You ditch it all to stay alive/A thousand kisses deep.” The songs are full of leave-taking, with titles like “Alexandra Leaving” and “You Have Loved Enough” accurately describing the tone

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  • OcellatedGod

    I can usually tolerate his penchant for dreadful female backing vocals, but here it's just too much.

    1 Apr 2:10am Reply
  • tomorrowsparty

    it's a nice album, but the backing really needed a little bit more to it I think

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Stacy_Pei

    哪位高人可以告诉我Boogie Street副歌是谁唱的?

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Stacy_Pei

    我喜欢 Boogie Street....

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Tebria


    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kidlj

    Forever; perfect to share with someone you love! +1

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Akayz7

    so very good.

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nuorimaa

    My very first and favourite LC album.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • heaventree22

    this album is one of the most drastic "growers" ever, at least in my case... for a long time i thought it was decent, neither horrible nor great - but something about its subtle grace isn't immediately grasped... now i couldn't imagine living without this album, it might even be my favorite by LC.

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • dahlyarose

    Forever; perfect to share with someone you love!

    11 Feb 2010 Reply
  • shingouz

    Definitely my favorite Cohen album too. Utter perfection for me in both music and lyrics.

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
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  • MusicShanZhai


    17 Apr 2009 Reply
  • fredfreddson

    Flat? Can a voice that rugged ever be flat? I'd say it's a remarkable set in which the cheap, cheezy synth arrangements contrast with the overall hopelessness of the situation. Accepting that hopelessness, Leonard Cohen shows how stoicism and humour can help to survive it. As Franz Kafka said, it's not that there's no hope in the universe; in fact, there's plenty, just none for us!

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • mamafanfan

    this album is so sad 'cos it tells us that Time has no Mercy and that the compositions are penned by an old and worn-out man. flat overall despite a decent job by Sharon Robinson.

    14 Dec 2008 Reply
  • haunaballe

    This album is the proof that the selection of sounds doesn't matter when the compositions are fine.

    23 Sep 2008 Reply

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