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You Want It Darker joins Old Ideas and Popular Problems in a trio of gorgeous, ruminative albums that find Cohen settling his affairs, spiritual (“Leaving the Table”), romantic (“If I Didn’t Have Your Love”), and otherwise. At 35, he sounded like an old man—at 82, he sounds eternal.

Customer Reviews

Mr. Cohen - Thank You For This.

As of this moment- This is no doubt Leonard Cohen's masterpiece... Each piece tears not only at your heart, but also at your beliefs... The chills that ran down my back when I realized 'It Seemed The Better Way" was the song Judas would have sung... Each piece is a stand alone masterpiece, so beautifully chanted by the tired, craggy yet forceful voice of LC. The opening song "You Want It Darker" will sad, yet beautiful, filled with a love and a hate for God... (a thousand candles burning for the help that never came..... WOW).... there are some albums you go to places like spotify to listen to - then there are the few masterpieces that come out and deserved to be OWNED..... this is one of them.... God Bless Leonard Cohen.

Is it almost over?

This life, this man whose music I have followed since a callow teen in the late 60s, whose growth and reach have increased at all times, let this not be the end. There must be one more that may shine more than this heavenly piece/peace. I am moved to tears of joy and sorrow, to hope and dread by the words and music here. I say let us have more.

Still Great

If the rest of the album rises to the level of the teaser track, this will be an exceptional release. Leonard's voice is raspier than ever but still melodic in ways only LC can muster.

He just keeps getting better and better but no one lives forever. I'm really going to miss him when he's finally gone.


Born: September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most fascinating and enigmatic -- if not the most successful -- singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commanded the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who continued...
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