Few artists had more to prove this year than did Leonard Cohen. Old Ideas comes after a three-year world tour during which Cohen's songs became as popular as ever and "Hallelujah" grew to be the de rigeur song for everything from awards shows to funerals. When a new album was announced, it seemed a great deal more people were interested than there would have been four or five years ago.
Old Ideas takes all this into consideration while deftly dodging the label of "victory lap record" that seems inevitable for someone of Cohen's age. Wry, moving and at times unexpectedly funny, it's a record that reaffirms Cohen's brilliance as a songwriter while standing as a great record in its own right.