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Dear Heather (2004)

Artist: Leonard Cohen
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Format: CD
Sku: 63910963
UPC: 827969289129
UPC 14: 00827969289129
Release Date: 10/26/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Go No More A-Roving ~ Leonard Cohen
2. Because Of ~ Leonard Cohen
3. Letters, The ~ Leonard Cohen
4. Undertow ~ Leonard Cohen
5. Morning Glory ~ Leonard Cohen
6. On That Day ~ Leonard Cohen
7. Villanelle For Our Time ~ Leonard Cohen
8. There For You ~ Leonard Cohen
9. Dear Heather ~ Leonard Cohen
10. Nightingale ~ Leonard Cohen
11. To A Teacher ~ Leonard Cohen
12. Faith, The ~ Leonard Cohen
13. Tennessee Waltz - (live, live) ~ Leonard Cohen
Dear Heather is the eagerly-awaited new album from the legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. The album, Cohen's first since 2001's critically-acclaimed Ten New Songs, is a collection of twleve new studio recordings composed by Cohen and one live recording of the popular country-western standard "Tennessee Waltz".

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Leonard Cohen (vocals, guitar, Jew's harp); Leonard Cohen (piano); Sharon Robinson (vocals, various instruments); John Crowder (vocals, bass guitar); Sarah Kramer (trumpet); Roscoe Beck (bass instrument); Stan Sargeant (bass guitar); Mitch Watkins (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Ron Getman (vocals, steel guitar); Anjani Thomas (vocals, piano, background vocals); John Bilezikjian (oud); Raffi Hakopian (violin); Paul Ostermayer (flute); Garth Hudson (accordion); Bob Sheppard (tenor saxophone); Bill Ginn (piano); Johnny Friday, Richard Crooks (drums).
Muze PNote Photographers: Anjani Thomas; Tina Tyrell.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Leonard Cohen; Sharon Robinson.
Muze PNote While there are some familiar elements present, much of DEAR HEATHER is a stark contrast to virtually all of Leonard Cohen's previous recorded work. Where the Canadian troubadour's previous albums all sounded like carefully constructed towers of song, built piece by painstaking piece (and Cohen has confirmed this as his working process), DEAR HEATHER seems to be an entirely more spontaneous offering. One might speculate that longtime Buddhist Cohen has taken the precepts of Zen to heart in presenting a batch of compositions unmarred by the effects of obvious labor.
Muze PNote Lyrically and melodically, these songs are more sparse and pared-down than anything else in Cohen's catalog. Some are whittled down to only a simple recitation repeated numerous times over a skeletal chord progression. By simplifying his approach to such an extreme degree, it seems as though Cohen is trying to get as close as possible to the heart of his work, without the literary trappings of his past accomplishments. Nevertheless, one link with his previous work is the bonus live cut tacked on to the end of the disc. In the tradition of past quirky Cohen covers like Irving Berlin's "Always" and Richard Blakeslee's "Passing Thru," the gravel-voiced singer tackles the country classic "Tennessee Waltz" with trademark aplomb that also reminds the listener of Cohen's ever-present sense of humor.

Producer: Leanne Ungar; Anjani Thomas; Ed Sanders; Henry Lewy; Sharon Robinson; Sharon Robinson; Leanne Ungar; Anjani Thomas; Ed Sanders; Henry Lewy

Engineer: Leanne Ungar; Anjani Thomas; Ed Sanders; Sharon Robinson

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Muze Music Compilations Rosewater (ost)
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Associated Artists and Works

A Gun Called Tension
Buckley, Jeff
Cohen, Alex (Dance)
Glass, Philip
Gun Called Tension (A)
Irving Layton
Jungr, Barb
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man ~ Original Soundtrack
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Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/26/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 92891
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969289129

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.107)
- 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[T]he jumbled feel works in DEAR HEATHER's favor."

Entertainment Weekly (p.69)
- "Cohen still projects like crazy - he's godlike on the spoken-word tracks..." - Grade: B-

Uncut (p.114)
- 5 stars out of 5 - "DEAR HEATHER is Cohen's highest tide yet, his most exquisite marriage of song and poetry and ambiguous grace. Magic is right here."

Uncut (p.75)
- Ranked #17 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[H]is muse remains vigorously undimmed..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Vocally, it's certainly one of his most hushed and muted albums....Musically, it's melodic and memorable. Beguiling."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cohen,Leonard
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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