A relatively later bloomer, legendary singer/songwriter Leonard was 33 years old when he took the world by storm with his masterful 1967 debut album “Songs of Leonard Cohen.” He’s made up for lost time ever since with dozens of albums and thousands of concerts, entertaining millions of people along the way.
Cohen’s latest project is another winner, following on the heels of last year’s “Popular Problems” and “Live in Dublin” releases. “Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of The Grand Tour” is a 10-track of rarities recorded live in 2012-13 during assorted soundchecks and performances for Cohen’s celebrated “Old Ideas World Tour.”
With his hypnotic baritone as resonant and seductive as ever, Cohen mesmerizes throughout the 48-minute platter. There are stellar renditions of new tunes like “Never Gave Nobody Trouble” and “Got a Little Secret,” as well as new readings of Cohen standards “I Can’t Forget,” “Light as the Breeze” and “Joan of Arc.” For good measure, he even tosses in a cover of the George Jones classic “Choices.” Like a fine wine, Leonard Cohen just keeps getting better with age. (Jeffrey Sisk)