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Album Review: 'Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979'

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Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Leonard Cohen
genre:
Folk

We gave it an A-

Although droll and deadpan on stage, the Canadian singer-poet has generally been better served by the studio than the concert hall. But his third set of live recordings — this one from 22 years ago — is also his best, balancing the intimacy of early numbers like ”The Stranger Song” with subtly robust band versions of mid-period work like ”The Gypsy’s Wife” and the acerbic title song. Alas, the album, his third stopgap release since 1992’s The Future, begs a more important question: Does the 66-year-old make new music anymore? A-

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