For a few years, the singer was missing, presumed retired in a Buddhist monastery where he could practice his non-attachment to rushing around. Since , though, Cohen has operated with haste. A tour intended to replenish his embezzled retirement fund turned into years of packed theatres, a album, Old Ideas , and more touring. Now, there is a brief but satisfying nine-track album which ties up loose ends even as it packs surprises. Songs such as Nevermind are built out of a synthetic bassline and simple machine throb.
Nevermind seems to be about treachery among soldiers in the aftermath of an Arab-Israeli war. Cohen is in vicious form. Almost Like the Blues , the free download that heralded the album, was an accurate precursor: the mood here is bleak.
Leonard Cohen has always been, first and foremost, a poet. His thoroughly grounded mix of Vedanta, Zen and Jewish mysticism places him in a class apart. He is both rabbinical high priest and consummate entertainer. He carries his gravitas lightly, not least because his deft way with words keeps us delicately poised between revelation and unknowing. The flight from Egypt is a metaphor for liberation and the song explores the unnamable power that lies beyond our understanding. His take on the Bible is both irreverent and respectful.
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