You Want It Darker

You Want It Darker

Music CD - 2016
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Publisher: New York : Columbia, 2016.
Branch Call Number: CD Popular Cohen
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 12 cm + 1 booklet (1 unpaged volume ; 12 cm)

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ArapahoeBethW Mar 20, 2018

Holy smokes, this is one heck of a final album. I don't think I can find the right words to do it justice. I found this lovely little bit from the Rolling Stone "a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, generally spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink."

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bhg0010
Feb 13, 2018

One wishes that all artists could record something this incredible before their deaths. Released a mere nineteen days before Cohen's passing, the album incorporates the likes of traditional Jewish music, smooth pop, modern blues, and more to create a sparse yet dark sound. Cohen wrestles with love, lust, religion, and other struggles that have defined him over the years, and he ultimately hopes for some kind of a good, peaceful conclusion even as he remains skeptical. The record is simply wonderful.

tomato Feb 08, 2018

Depressing!

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franzkafka
Apr 28, 2017

Superb album. His anthem is "Hallelujah", of course, but the one that tells the naked truth is "Everybody Knows" from another album. Towards the end of his life he drew close to his Jewish faith and a Cantor sings on the last album. There is no Heaven or Hell nor an afterlife according to the Jewish faith. We must live to be the best human beings we can even in an increasingly troubled world. This line of thought is somewhat similar to the Existentialist and Secular Humanist line of philosophy. The title tune of this album is superb.
One of the best swansongs in music. It's up there with "Hurt" as sung by Johnny Cash.

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LadyDi52
Mar 23, 2017

His swan song - "If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game... I'm ready, my Lord"

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Feb 13, 2017

I got this CD on a Week to Go basis. Yes, it is darker than usual. I am waiting my turn for a three week rental to listen again.

Cohen does not disappoint. Excellent as usual.

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Bewlay
Dec 15, 2016

This album proves Leonard Cohen was making every moment before his passing count. I think Adam Cohen's arrangements suit the songs very well also.

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