Old Ideas

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Old Ideas
Studio album by Leonard Cohen
Released January 31, 2012
Recorded 2007, January–August 2011
Genre Folk
Length 41:44
Label Columbia
Producer Ed Sanders
Leonard Cohen chronology
Songs from the Road
(2010)
Old Ideas
(2012)
Popular Problems
(2014)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (85/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club A−[3]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[4]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
The Daily Telegraph 5/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly A−[8]
The Independent 4/5 stars[9]
musicOMH 4.5/5 stars[10]
Now 4/5 stars[11]
The Observer 4/5 stars[12]
Paste (9.5/10)[13]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10)[14]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars [17]
Spin 8/10 stars[18]
Uncut 4/5 stars[19]

Old Ideas is the twelfth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released in January 2012. It is Cohen's highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album. The album topped the charts in 11 countries, including Finland, where Cohen became, at the age of 77, the oldest chart-topper, during the album's debut week.[20][21] The album was released on January 27, 2012 in some countries and on January 31, 2012 in the U.S.[22] It had been streamed online by NPR on January 22[23] and on January 23 by The Guardian.[24]

Reception[edit]

The album received uniformly positive reviews from publications including Rolling Stone,[25] the Chicago Tribune,[26] and The Guardian.[27] At a record release party for the album in January 2012, Cohen spoke with The New York Times reporter Jon Pareles who states that "mortality was very much on his mind and in his songs [on this album]." Pareles goes on to characterize the album as "an autumnal album, musing on memories and final reckonings, but it also has a gleam in its eye. It grapples once again with topics Mr. Cohen has pondered throughout his career: love, desire, faith, betrayal, redemption. Some of the diction is biblical; some is drily sardonic."[28]

The album was named as a nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on June 14, 2012.[29] The album was listed at #13 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "Cohen adapts to this uncharted age with a lifetime's worth of grace and wit." [30] The Rolling Stone's also named the song Going Home the 20th best song of 2012.[31]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Going Home"   Leonard Cohen, Patrick Leonard 3:51
2. "Amen"   Cohen 7:36
3. "Show Me the Place"   Cohen, Leonard 4:09
4. "Darkness"   Cohen 4:30
5. "Anyhow"   Cohen, Leonard 3:09
6. "Crazy to Love You"   Cohen, Anjani Thomas 3:06
7. "Come Healing"   Cohen, Leonard 2:53
8. "Banjo"   Cohen 3:23
9. "Lullaby"   Cohen 4:46
10. "Different Sides"   Cohen 4:06

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[32] 2
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[33] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[34] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[35] 1
Croatian Albums Chart[36] 1
Czech Republic (IFPI)[37] 1
Danish Albums Chart[38] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[39] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 1
French Albums Chart[40] 3
Hungarian Albums Chart[41] 1
Italian Albums Chart[42] 14
New Zealand Albums Chart[43] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[44] 1
Polish Albums Chart[45] 1
Spanish Albums Chart[46] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[47] 2
UK Albums Chart[48] 2
US Billboard 200[49] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[50] 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[50] 13
Dutch Albums Chart[51] 14
Finnish Albums Chart[52] 21
Hungarian Albums Chart[53] 31
Polish Albums Chart[54] 19
Swedish Albums Chart[55] 25
Swiss Albums Chart[56] 30

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[57] Gold 10,000x
Belgium (BEA)[58] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[59] Platinum 80,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[60] Gold 16,895[60]
Ireland (IRMA)[61] Platinum 15,000x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[63] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[64] Gold 15,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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