Posted by Jason Diamond

At this point the fact that Leonard Cohen is pushing 80 and is spritely enough to do things like tour, record new albums, etc. fills me with so much happiness that I sometimes want to bust out a version of “Famous Blue Raincoat” that sounds like it was ripped out of Gypsy.

But let’s be honest, even if Old Ideas, Cohen’s forthcoming album to be released next year, is a total stinker, we will all be willing to look past that because he’s fucking Leonard Cohen. 

Also to note: First Tom Waits, then Leonard Cohen.  All we need now is Kris Kristofferson to put out one of those cover albums singers his age tend to do, a posthumous Lee Hazlewood record (please God), and a Beat Happening reunion (please God pt. 2), and the world will have its fill of deep-voiced singers for at least the next 20 years.

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