Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Final Studio Album on Vinyl LP + Digital Download

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You Want It Darker is the fourteenth and final studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released in October 2016 via Columbia Records.

Given the subject matter addressed in the title and other tracks on You Want It Darker and Leonard Cohen's advanced age (82), it's tempting to hear this simply as a last album.

Cohen's sepulchral voice expresses a wealth of emotion. He’s weathered but defiant in acknowledging failures, regrets, brokenness, and even anger. Typically, redemption arrives in these songs with unflinching honesty.

The title track is introduced by a choir and a foreboding bassline, its lyrics as much an indictment of human concepts of religion as a confessional reflection, balanced by personal doubt and acceptance.

In song after song, Cohen delivers lyric juxtapositions that settle scores with God, past lovers, and himself, but almost always arrives at equanimity. He sounds like a spent Jeremiah alone in a cave conversing with God rather than the biblical figure transported to heaven in a fiery chariot.

After coming to terms with the ghosts in his past and his acceptance of mortality, Cohen emits a resilient flicker of hope for total reconciliation in the shadows. A tender reprise of "Treaty" is adorned only by strings and his vocals as he expresses hope for detente: "I wish there was a treaty/between your love and mine."

Amid the list of gripes, sins, and losses detailed on You Want It Darker, Cohen remains open to whatever earthly light offers even as his gaze shifts toward the eternal. He makes no compromises. These songs reveal that when all contradictions are nakedly exposed, all one can do is embrace them. Whether this is or isn't goodbye, You Want It Darker is one hell of a record.

The album received critical acclaim upon release, with Metacritic assigning a normalised rating of 92 out of 100 based on 28 reviews, which indicates "Universal Acclaim".

The album was also rated in a number of year-end "best of" lists including #9 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2016 and #5 in Mojo's 50 Best Albums of 2016.

The album peaked at #7 on the US Billboard 200, #4 in the UK, #1 in his native Canada and #2 on the Australian ARIA Albums charts.

Check out the album tracks: “You Want It Darker”; "Travelling Light"; “Treaty” and “Leaving The Table”.

This LP with printed inner sleeve and digital download code is pressed in Europe on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

You Want It Darker

4:44

A2

Treaty

4:02

A3

On The Level

3:27

A4

Leaving The Table

3:47

A5

If I Didn’t Have Your Love

3:35

B1

Travelling Light

4:22

B2

It Seemed The Better Way

4:21

B3

Steer Your Way

4:23

B4

String Reprise / Treaty

3:26

SKU 889853650712
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985365071
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 December 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 21 October 2016
Barcode # 889853650712
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code, Final Studio Album
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Format VINYL LP

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