Leonard Cohen has unveiled details of a new studio album coming out this fall. The multi-Juno and Grammy winner will release Popular Problems on Sept. 23, which falls two days after his 80th birthday.
According to a news release posted Aug. 19 at LeonardCohen.com, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter's 13th studio album will contain nine new tracks and was produced by Leonard Patrick, who produced Cohen's last album, 2012's critically heralded Old Ideas. Tracks include: "Slow," "Almost Like The Blues," "Samson In New Orleans," "A Street," "Did I Ever Love You," "My Oh My," "Nevermind," "Born In Chains" and "You Got Me Singing."
Along with the announcement, the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee posted an audio clip of the album's first track, titled, "Almost Like the Blues." Propelled by piano, bass guitar and percussion, the simple three chord arrangement highlights Cohen's husky rasp as he explores familiar themes of hope, despair, grief and joy in the 3:30 minute video.
Popular Problems will be released on the Columbia label. Commenting on the release in a press release, Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records writes, "Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration. These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We're absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.”
Popular Problems is available for pre-order at all major retail outlets. Fans who pre-order the album digitally will receive an instant download of his new song, “Almost Like The Blues.” As part of Cohen's 80th birthday celebration, fans can check out a new artist page on iTunes, which features Popular Problems and includes Cohen's entire catalogue remastered.
Plans for the release of Cohen's forthcoming album were leaked earlier this month at a fan convention in Dublin, Ireland. The story was revealed by Jarkko Arjatsalo, who run's Cohen's authorized fan site.
There are currently no plans in the works to support the album with a tour. Cohen wrapped up his Old Ideas World Tour with a nine date run, which ended on Dec. 21, 2013 at Auckland's Vector Arena.
Did you know? Leonard Cohen won two awards at Canada's 2013 Juno Awards for Artist of the Year award and for Songwriter of the Year.