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★★★

Once a young man who sounded twice his age, Leonard Cohen is now in his late 70s. You can hear every year in his voice, a well-worn baritone that booms with resonance and authority. Those aged vocals take center stage on “Old Ideas,” an album that mixes spoken-word poetry with snatches of acoustic blues, lounge music and minimalist Americana.

“Old Ideas” recycles most of Mr. Cohen’s tried-and-true tricks. His speak/sing delivery hasn’t changed much since the 1960s, and he still combines religious imagery with secular sexuality. If “Old Ideas” sounds familiar, though, it’s still a quietly shining example of how to sustain a career four decades after your debut.

The man wears his old age well, allowing his voice to scrape the bottom of the bass clef during songs such as “Going Home.” When he does sing, the effect is immediately uplifting, like clouds parting to reveal a long-forgotten sun. “Old Ideas” doesn’t make much room for sunshine, though, preferring a sort of late-night ambience accentuated by warm acoustic guitars and female harmonies instead.

“If the night is long, here’s my lullaby,” he murmurs toward the album’s conclusion. Sweet dreams, indeed.