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Albums: Feb. 3, 2012

Reviews of the latest releases from Leonard Cohen, Gotye, and Metallica

Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas
The 77-year-old Canadian poet laureate lets his weathered voice dominate on his creeping, blues-tinged 12th album. Good thing, too — the man in the suit still commands a room, telling tales of forgiveness, heaven, and alcohol. A-Ray Rahman

Gotye, Making Mirrors
The offbeat Aussie surrounds last summer’s surprise Internet hit ”Somebody That I Used to Know” with the kind of atmospheric, dub-inflected pop and yearning vocals that would make Peter Gabriel proud. B+Ray Rahman

Metallica, Beyond Magnetic
To celebrate their 30th birthday (and perhaps apologize for Lulu), Metallica spend four classically punishing hair-whippers from the Death Magnetic sessions reminding the world of their commitment to the art of the shred. B+Kyle Anderson