Take This Shmaltz

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Take This Shmaltz

2004_10_28cohen.jpgIt happened again, folks. Leonard Cohen came down from the mountain and made a new album of synthesized easy listening. But while his last album merely sucked, Dear Heather is actually quite decent, with a few songs falling squarely into the beautiful camp, like the title track. With Lenny’s latest coming fresh on the heels of another McGill grad’s latest CD effort, it’s hard not to compare these men of similar age and girth. Yes, friends, we’re talking about William Shatner, whose Ben Folds collab, Has Been, is everything Dear Heather is not. It is, however, pretty darn great. Torontoist suggests listening to both on shuffle. Or not.
The press is all ovah Leonard and his new cd, new decade, new shades. The Scotsman has a review here. Washington Post has a review and a pic of Cohen looking like a Kabbalistic Hemigway here, and the Guardian has both a review, and an L. Cohen quiz. It all makes us want to go rent Ladies and Gentlemen Mr. Leonard Cohen, the terrific 1965 doc about young Lenny in Montreal, and crawl back into bed with a cup of coffee. Forever.

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