Leonard Cohen Readies New Album
A week after his 70th birthday, Columbia will release a new Leonard Cohen studio album, "Dear Heather."A week after his 70th birthday, Columbia will release a new Leonard Cohen studio album, "Dear Heather." Due Sept. 28, the set will be made up of 12 new tracks, as well as a live recording of the Pee Wee King/Redd Stewart country standard "Tennessee Waltz."
"Dear Heather" will be the Canadian poet/singer/songwriter's first album since 2001's acclaimed "Ten New Songs," which had found him collaborating with former backup singer Sharon Robinson, who produced and performed the music and co-wrote all of the songs. The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Canadian Albums chart and No. 143 on The Billboard 200.
This time around, Cohen seems to be standing more on his own, working again with producer/engineer Leann Ungar (Laurie Anderson, Janis Ian). Ungar was on hand last month in New York to preview some of the material during a gathering of dedicated Cohen fans.
Cohen has reportedly also been crafting a new book of poetry, "Book of Longing," the title of which stems a lyric in the "Ten New Songs" piece "That Don't Make It Junk." It is unknown when the book will be published, as it was first revealed to be on the way when he was awarded the Order of Canada, the country's highest civil honor, in January 2003.
As previously reported, Elektra/Rhino is preparing the compilation "Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy" for an Aug. 31 release. The set features three newly recorded tracks along with Cohen material the veteran folk singer has recorded throughout her career.
Here is the "Dear Heather" track list:
"Go No More A-Roving"
"On That Day"
"Villanelle for Our Time"
"There For You"
"To a Teacher"