100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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Leonard Cohen, 'Ten New Songs'

Leonard Cohen released Ten New Songs in 2001 after a nine-year period that included depression and seclusion living as a Buddhist monk at Los Angeles' Mount Baldy. On this spooky collaboration with producer and backup singer Sharon Robinson, Cohen sounds reenergized, his deep growl more ravaged and soulful than ever on a whole slew of new classics. He explores inner torment on "In My Secret Life" and reflects on both mortality and heartbreak on "A Thousand Kisses Deep." Cohen is known for his painstaking devotion to every line – and he clearly spent his time on these.

 

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