If last week’s look at Leonard Cohen’s new album left you scrambling for an early leak of its nine tightly edited tracks, take a deep breath and step away from all those torrent sites. NPR is now streaming Popular Problems a week early here, from its pitch-black piano-led “Almost Like the Blues” single to a slow-burning gospel number Cohen spent decades perfecting (“Born In Chains”).
“I’ve rewritten the lyric many times to accommodate the changes in my theological position, which is very insecure,” Cohen said of the latter at a press conference last week. He then elaborated on the gaps between his albums in the past: “Usually, I take a long, long time – partly because of an addiction to perfection, partly just sheer laziness.”
Popular Problems is due out next Tuesday. Sing along to “Almost Like the Blues” below.