Listen: Three Songs From Leonard Cohen's New Album

'Old Ideas' hits stores on January 31st

November 22, 2011 11:00 AM ET
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Leonard Cohen arrives at the Jovellanos Theatre for the "A Tribute to Leonard Cohen" concert in Gijon, Spain.

Leonard Cohen's new LP Old Ideas isn't hitting stores until January 31st, but the first single "Show Me The Place" is now streaming online. (Listen below.) Old Ideas is Cohen's first album since 2004's Dear Heather. He began recording it this past January, though he previewed the tracks "Lullaby" and "The Darkness" during his epic, 250-date world tour between 2008 and 2010. The disc was produced by Patrick Leonard, Anjani Thomas, Ed Sanders and Dino Soldo. Cohen has said that he's interested in launching another tour to support the disc, though so far no dates have been announced.

Check out the stream of "Show Me The Place," along with live clips of "The Darkness" and "Lullaby" below. 

Show Me The Place

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