The ten new songs on this eagerly awaited album are certainly a highlight in the work of the influential singer/songwriter and writer.
Although the actual recordings for "Old Ideas" didn't start until January 2011, Cohen has been working on the songs and lyrics for years. Two of the tracks, "The Darkness" and "Lullaby", were already recorded in 2007, and early versions were already heard during the recently sold out world tour.
The 77-year-old Canadian gave some hints as to what fans can expect from the new album as early as October in Oviedo at this year's "Prince of Asturias" awards ceremony. Leonard Cohen had received the highest Spanish literature award there. "As I grew older, I understood that this voice was also accompanied by instructions. And these instructions are... never just moan. But should anyone have to express the great, inevitable defeat that awaits us all at some point, it should always be within the strict rules of dignity and beauty."
The album was produced by Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Cohen will be accompanied by prominent background singers such as Dana Glover, Sharon Robinson, the Webb Sisters and Jennifer Warnes. The cover design and all drawings in the booklet are by Cohen himself.