Leonard Cohen Plotting New Album for 2011

Leonard Cohen Plotting New Album for 2011
Iconic songwriter Leonard Cohen has been releasing albums at a slow but steady pace for more than 40 years. It's now been almost six years since his last studio LP, 2004's Dear Heather, and while 2009's Live in London helped to tide us over, we've all been craving some new material from the Canadian legend. Now, Cohen has revealed that he's in the midst of recording new material, and should have an album out next year.

While being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this weekend, he said of the new album to Rolling Stone, "God willing it will be finished next spring."

The disc will reportedly contain "ten or 11 songs," and will be self-produced, marking the first time he has ever recorded an album without the help of an outside producer. In 2006, he produced Blue Alert, the most recent LP by his romantic partner and songwriting collaborator Anjani.

Cohen added that the songs were mostly composed prior to hitting the road in 2008 for his marathon world tour. "One song was written on tour, the rest were written before." Previous collaborator Sharon Robinson will appear on the album, as will Anjani.

As Suite101 notes, Cohen debuted a few new songs while on his latest tour: "Feels So Good," "The Darkness" and "Lullaby." Check out the brokenhearted blues lament "Feels So Good" in the video at the bottom of the page.

Fans will also likely get a taste of some more new material later this year when the songwriter embarks upon a lengthy European tour.

Tour dates:

7/25 Zagreb, Croatia - Arena Zagreb
7/27 Salzburg, Austria - Salzburg Festival
7/31 Sligo, Ireland - Lissadell House
8/1 Sligo, Ireland - Lissadell House
8/4 Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Arena
8/6 Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum
8/8 Stockholm, Sweden - Stockholm Globe Arena
8/10 Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena
8/12 Gothenberg, Sweden - Scandinavium
8/14 Odense, Denmark - Engen, Fruens Bøge
8/18 Berlin, Germany - Waldbuhne
8/20 Gent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
8/21 Gent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
8/22 Gent, Belgium - St. Peter's Square
9/1 Florence, Italy - Santa Croce
9/3 Wiesbaden, Germany - Bowling Green
9/5 Burgenland, Austria - Sankt Margarethen im
9/8 Basel, Switzerland - St. Jakobshalle
9/15 Caen, France - Zenith

9/17 Grenoble, France - Palais des Sports

9/19 Strasbourg, France - Zenith

9/21 Marseille, France - Le Dome

9/23 Tours, France - Parc Des Expositions

9/25 Lille, France - Zenith Grand Palais

10/4 Katowice, Poland - Spodek

10/7 Moscow, Russia - Kremlin Palace

10/13 Bratislava, Slovakia - Sibamac Arena