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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.

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As hypnotic as Suzaane or Hallelujah. This first song is remarkable...I can;t take it off the loop...been listening to it all morning.


Now in his eighties and still at the peak of his craft. The lyrics and musical settings are superb and reward repeated listening. I begrudge Bob Dylan nothing, but as a poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen is even more deserving of a Nobel prize.

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.


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 has 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 commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who is still...
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