For a man who turned 80 right around the release of this album I wasn't expecting miracles, but his soothingly raspy voice has not disappointed. Being that there is only 9 songs on this album helps show that Cohen didn't want to over stay his welcome. Whether he's singing about conflict, disaster, or himself I would say Cohen keeps your attention like a Grandfather passing his knowledge and experience down to his grandchildren.
One thing that I don't mind but if I 'm stretching for complaints I would say that the use of the female echo vocals were a good touch and in some songs while in others it felt more like something they had to put in almost out of fear that having a song with just Cohen's vocal wouldn't be enough to keep us entertained.
Slow is my favorite song on the record as it feels nice and upbeat while seducing his audience. While the album is called Popular Problems I kind of wish there was something on this album that didn't make it seem like he was on his death bed. I don't believe that this mad Born in Chains and You Got Me Singing my least favorite songs on the album but it didn't help.
I believe Leonard Cohen will remain an influential musical figure even long after he is gone. While Popular Problems isn't made out of pure gold I think at least some songs like Almost Like The Blues, Did I Ever Love You, or Slow might end up on a 20+ greatest hits album in the future.