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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler RiZA Thank You ★★★

LEONARD CO­HEN Leav­ing the Ta­ble ★★★★ Colom­bia

On the ti­tle track of his 1988 al­bum I’m You Man, a 54-yearold Leonard Co­hen re­ferred to his li­bido as a beast that wouldn’t sleep. On this from his lat­est (and pos­si­bly fi­nal) long player You Want It Darker, the 82-year-old Co­hen harkens back to that song, singing “I don’t want a lover, no / That wretched beast is tamed.” In­deed the en­tire track, on which he lists a se­ries of roles he feels un­equipped to ful­fil now, could eas­ily be re­dubbed

I’m No Longer Your Man. In lesser hands, this would sound maudlin or self-pity­ing. But ever the mas­ter, Co­hen de­liv­ers with grace, hu­mour and age­less panache.

CATHOLIC AC­TION Rita Ora ★★★ Luv Luv Luv Records

They’re one of Scot­land’s most talked-about new bands, ap­par­ently. But Catholic Ac­tion didn’t turn heads in the Lon­don mu­sic press un­til they com­posed this love-struck ode to X Fac­tor judge Rita Ora. The Glas­gow rock­ers’ band name reads a lit­tle on the nose. But con­sid­er­ing the artist they wish to woo per­formed at the canon­i­sa­tion of Mother Teresa in the Vat­i­can last month, maybe they’ve just done their home­work. ELAINE MAI En­nis­crone ★★★ Ir­ish elec­tronic artist Elaine Mai this week pre­viewed this sin­gle from her forth­com­ing EP The Colour of the Night, out next year. It’s in­spired by happy child­hood hol­i­days spent in the sleepy Sligo sea­side vil­lage of En­nis­crone. And it’s an in­stru­men­tal. So none of Mor­ris­sey’s “Come, come nu­clear bombs…” En­sem­ble Con­golese-born, Wick­low­based gui­tarist Ni­wel Tsumbu recorded this be­guil­ing trib­ute to his wife Ni­amh in Peter Gabriel’s Re­al­World Stu­dios in Eng­land. The video was di­rected by Steve Glashier, who has worked for the likes of Fat­boy Slim, Juli­ette Lewis and Chrissy Hynde. His de­but al­bum is set for re­lease in Jan­uary.

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