The great, literary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen celebrates his 80th birthday next month (on Sept. 21). What better way to do that than with a new album?
Popular Problems will likely be out sometime next month, Rolling Stone reports. Though Cohen’s representative could not confirm the album or a release date, it was hinted at during last week’s Cohen fan convention, Leonard Cohen Event 2014, and the album is listed on Amazon France with a Sept. 22 release date.
Here’s what Jarkko Arjatsalo, a Finnish accountant that runs Cohen’s official website, said about the album in the foreward of the event booklet:
“Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”
No tour plans have yet been announced. Cohen’s last album was 2012’s Old Ideas, for which Cohen recorded songs that didn’t make the cut that could make it onto this album, he told RS in 2012:
“I rehearsed some other songs on the road—new songs that didn't make it onto the record. So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway.”
Old Ideas was pretty great, so we're more than OK with that. Hear that album's opening track, "Going Home," below: