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Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
And then there's the record in which a veteran curmudgeon shrugs at his own mortality. Grim a trope as that may be, it can also be a liberating listen. Leonard Cohen, who has always sounded adult and moved into sounding ancient quite some time ago, is in fine form on this year's Old Ideas. Its songs, like "Going Home" above, possess a cagey self-deprecation that's indistinguishable with grace. "I love to speak with Leonard. He's a sportsman and a shepard. He's a lazy bastard, living in a suit."
See Also: Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind and Johnny Cash's haunting last records, neither quite as good as breathless reviews maintained at the time but still kind of essential, and Nick Lowe's At My Age which is definitely better than the scant attention it drew in 2007.