Alongside Father John Misty's Fear Fun
, Leonard Cohen
's Old Ideas
proved to be one of the most emotionally and lyrically intense albums of 2012. Nobody was still discussing it at the end of that year, but that was a mistake. It was a harrowing and haunting chronicle of one legend's acceptance of his old age, mistakes, and mortality. Cohen has a new album, Popular Problems
, coming out 9/23 on Columbia Records. And if lead single, "Almost Like the Blues" is any indication, Cohen has still got that ability to pierce listeners right to their emotional core.