Ten New Songs

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Ten New Songs
Studio album by Leonard Cohen
Released October 9th 2001
Recorded late 1999 – mid 2001
mixed at
Still Life Studios,[1] Los Angeles;
Small Mercies studio,[2] Hollywood
Genre Folk pop
Length 52:47
Label Columbia
Producer Sharon Robinson
Leonard Cohen chronology
Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979
Ten New Songs
The Essential Leonard Cohen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[5]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[6]

Ten New Songs is Leonard Cohen's tenth studio album, released in 2001. It was co-written and produced by Sharon Robinson. She played all the instruments except for Bob Metzger's guitar work on "In My Secret Life". The album peaked at #143 on the Billboard 200, #4 in Canada (where it went platinum), #1 in Poland[7] (where it went platinum) and #1 in Norway.

Ten New Songs was the first Cohen album to be recorded and produced digitally. It was produced in Cohen's and Robinson's home studios in Los Angeles. It was also his first album in nearly 10 years.

The album was remastered and reissued on vinyl by the Netherlands label Music On Vinyl [8] in 2009.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson.

  1. "In My Secret Life" – 4:55
  2. "A Thousand Kisses Deep" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell) – 6:29
  3. "That Don't Make It Junk" – 4:28
  4. "Here It Is" – 4:18
  5. "Love Itself" – 5:26
  6. "By the Rivers Dark" – 5:20
  7. "Alexandra Leaving" (based on The God Abandons Antony, a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy) – 5:25
  8. "You Have Loved Enough" – 5:41
  9. "Boogie Street" – 6:04
  10. "The Land of Plenty" – 4:35

Cover recordings[edit]

Eric Burdon, Katie Melua, Till Brönner and Edo Zanki have recorded "In My Secret Life". Luciana Souza recorded "Here It Is" on her album The New Bossa Nova. Jonathan Richman recorded "Here It Is" for his 2008 album Because Her Beauty Is Raw & Wild.

"A Thousand Kisses Deep" was used in the movie The Good Thief, in the 2010 French movie Le bruit des glaçons, and in Season 3 of the TV Series Veronica Mars. It was also covered by Chris Botti in his album of the same name in 2003.

"That Don't Make It Junk" was covered by Widespread Panic three times in 2011.[10]

"Alexandra Leaving" was covered by Canadian singer Patricia O'Callaghan on her fifth solo album Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen in late 2011. It has also been covered by Anne Hills and Allan Olsen.

"The Land of Plenty" was used in the 2004 movie "Land of Plenty" directed by Wim Wenders.


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Platinum 100,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[12] Platinum 100,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone


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