New Skin for Old Ceremony - CBS 1974
Though the basics for “New Skin For Old Ceremony” are still Cohen’s acoustic guitar and his voice, he is here incorporating different styles and uses a broader musical palette.
The album has its stand-out moments with “Chelsea Hotel #2”- which is one of Cohen’s greatest songs ever and one of the most covered, I believe – I think Lloyd Cole’s version is great and really catchy.
“Who By the Fire” is catchy as it is – great and differently arranged showing Cohen going in new and broader directions than on his first albums, which were pretty simply and sparsely arranged. “Take this Longing” is “old” Cohen style, and another of his great songs.