Leonard Cohen – New Skin For the Old Ceremony


A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Leonard Cohen was a poet long before he decided to pick up a guitar. Despite singing in a dry baritone over spare arrangements, Cohen is a gifted lyricist who captivates the listener. New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen’s most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse — while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual.


Side One

Is This What You Wanted 
Chelsea Hotel # 2 
Lover Lover Lover 
Field Commander Cohen 
Why Don’t You Try

Side Two

There Is A War 
A Singer Must Die 
I Tried To Leave You 
Who By Fire 
Take This Longing 
Leaving Greensleeves

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