Leonard Cohen Reveals New Album Details, “Almost Like the Blues” Single

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 08.19.14 in News

Leonard Cohen has revealed the release date and lead single from his new album Popular Problems. Due out September 23 through Columbia and featuring nine tracks produced by Patrick Leonard, the record will be released two days after Cohen’s eightieth birthday. It’s also the second full-length Cohen has completed in the past two years — quite the feat considering his relative absence in the 15 years leading up to 2012’s Old Ideas LP.

“I was able to restore my tiny fortune within a year or so, but I kept on touring,” he told Rolling Stone in 2012, referring to his universally acclaimed return to the stage, a move originally motivated by padding his retirement fund. “Touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It’s a serious commitment.”

“Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” Columbia CEO Rob Stringer said of the new album in a press release. “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.”

Check out the barroom balladry of “Almost Like the Blues” below, along with cover art and a complete tracklisting…

Leonard Cohen - 'Popular Problems' album cover

Popular Problems:
1. Slow
2. Almost Like The Blues
3. Samson In New Orleans
4. A Street
5. Did I Ever Love You
6. My Oh My
7. Nevermind
8. Born In Chains
9. You Got Me Singing