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Leonard Cohen
"Almost Like the Blues"
From the upcoming Popular Problems

Happy early birthday (to us): Leonard Cohen's releasing his new album, Popular Problems, in time for his 80th birthday next month, but you can listen to the first single off the album right now, above.

In "Almost Like the Blues," Cohen's familiar gruffness enumerates many of the world's injustices, including some personal examples:

"There’s torture, and there’s killing,
And there’s all my bad reviews.
The war, the children missing, lord,
It’s almost like the blues.
It’s almost like the blues."

Listen to "Almost Like the Blues" on repeat until Popular Problems comes out Sept. 23. Order the new album on iTunes at Cohen's new artist page, featuring all 12 prior studio albums mastered for iTunes.

Tracklist for Popular Problems:

1. "Slow" (3:25)
2. "Almost Like the Blues" (3:28)
3. "Samson in New Orleans" (4:39)
4. "A Street" (3:33)
5. "Did I Ever Love You" (4:11)
6. "My Oh My" (3:37)
7. "Nevermind" (4:40)
8. "Born in Chains" (4:56)
9. "You Got Me Singing" (3:32)

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on Aug 21, 2014

A 'lazy bastard living in a suit' -  the suit suits him just fine.  Mr. Cohen is a poet's poet.  And would the world want him any other way?

What it must feel for him to survey a legacy such as he has penned I cannot imagine. Knowing that somehow he became our collective conscience personified.  

I hope his milestone day gives him but two things . . .continued health and happiness . . . . the rest of us can stick to our 'Popular Problems'.  How lucky are we?

Happy 80th Birthday Leonard from a grateful, lifelong fan.

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