Popular Problems (studio album) by Leonard Cohen

Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen
Year: 2014
Release date: 2014-09-23
Overall rank: 5,098th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
71/100 (from 107 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2014 (94th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (947th)
Award Best albums of all time (5,098th)

Leonard Cohen bestography

Popular Problems is ranked 12th best out of 27 albums by Leonard Cohen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Leonard Cohen is Songs Of Leonard Cohen which is ranked number 148 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,198.

Leonard Cohen album bestography « Higher ranked (4,004th) This album (5,098th) Lower ranked (5,343rd) »
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Average Rating: 
71/100 (from 107 votes)
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85/100
From 03/11/2017 17:37
Interesting and fresh which is great coming from an 80 year old artist. Unfortunately this is very overlooked but it's easily on par with You Want It Darker which received more attention because of Cohen's passing.
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From 12/30/2016 13:13
Unfortunately, I had neglected to give this album enough attention until I heard the sad news of Leonard's passing, that is when I immersed myself in his back catalogue. I had been a fan for 15 years or so prior to this I might add.

Until then I had incorrectly presumed this album may be little more than outtakes from the Old Ideas album.

For me this album has now gradually grown in stature and I would now place it above Old Ideas in quality. As is the norm, it doesn't have the best cover art and the album title is not great but the songs therein are what matters!
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From 06/06/2016 16:55
One of Leonard Cohen's best albums for years. It's great to hear him still using new sounds. Some dance textures here. Cohen's voice is pretty much gone but the songs are still there. Slow, almost like the blues, did I ever love you, and, nevermind, all excellent. Good contemporary sounding album.
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From 10/11/2014 10:45
It's time to retire Cohen...
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From 09/16/2014 10:50
Cohen is about to turn 80, and I can only say Wow, how can he still be able to write, compose and perform so nice songs at this age. I mean, of course his albums from his 60-70's are probably better, but you can listen to this and just relax while you enjoy the music and his broken voice.
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