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Leonard Cohen @ the Nokia 04/10/09

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Photo by MuzikSpy at New York's Beacon Theater via flickr

Leonard Cohen owns the stage at the Nokia Theater. Cohen is dapper in his grey suit, fedora and bolo tie, a look few men can pull off without it being obvious they are trying too hard. Cohen does not fit the suit. The suit fits him. He looks like he would be equally at home in either a smoky bookie joint or at the high rollers table.

It almost seems as if Leonard Cohen was born an old man. Even Cohen joked to the sold-out house, "It's been a long time since I last set foot on stage at the tender young age of sixty." This is a fortunate happenstance for the singer, as he does not have to try to hit the high notes of a younger man. Leonard Cohen has finally grown into his deep, sensuous, whisky-soaked voice. His performance was simultaneously subdued and intense. During particularly moving moments, he fell to his knees like a man used to kneeling, his aged alabaster hands held to his face as if clutching the memory of a cigarette