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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B01KN6XDS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (407 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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14th studio album from the Canadian singer/songwriter which debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #4. Includes the titular single 'You Want It Darker'.

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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2016
Format: Audio CD
Waking up one morning this week to hear the impossible, hateful news that Leonard Cohen had died at the age of 82 had a double irony, as well as bringing forth the tears of one who'd once almost worshipped the man, later content merely to adore him. In the week that one of the most repulsive, hypocritical, inarticulate and graceless of men became the most powerful person in the world, a man of graciousness, impeccable gentlemanly dignity, humility and articulacy left this world. The two events are unconnected, yet the painful irony screams at you.
I think this short valedictory set of songs is Leonard's most coherent studio album since 2001's Ten New Songs. But it isn't just that, it is a stripped bare personal manifesto by a man who'd lived a long, creative life of highs and lows, intense loves, spiritual questing, leaving a legacy of songs few can ever equal. He would have, humbly, scorned such phrases, always the artist whose work is, in Auden's words, never finished, only abandoned.
I can't cherry-pick highlights from this hauntingly beautiful record, simply mention the synagogue choir on the opening title track, which adds both gravitas and an extra dimension of beauty to an already arresting song, and the heartbreaking finality of lyrics such as Leaving the Table and Travelling Light, the latter seemingly a farewell to romantic relationships, of which Leonard had enjoyed a healthy number:

I'm traveling light
It's au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star
I'm running late
They'll close the bar
I used to play
One mean guitar

Even at the last Cohen can't help a humorous joke along the lines of "I was born with the gift of a golden voice" {from his classic Tower of Song.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2016
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I was given an advance copy of You Want It Darker a week or so before its release; it has been a pretty constant companion ever since and I'm still enjoying it immensely. Old Ideas was a masterpiece in my view, but I wasn't nearly so impressed with Popular Problems and wondered whether Leonard Cohen had another really good album in him. He had. This is it.

Aged 82 now, Cohen is looking death squarely in the face throughout this album which has a very valedictory feel to it. The images of getting out of the game and the flame going out each occur in two separate songs, he sings "I'm angry and I'm tired all the time," and so on, and he's still dealing with the ideas of sin, grace and resignation which have underpinned so much of his work for so long. I'm pleased to see the old social bite still there among the spirituality in lines like "As he died to make men holy, Let us die to make things cheap," and there's rage against those who use religion as an excuse for hate, killing and oppression, ("I didn't know I had permission to murder and to maim"), as well as a wry take on his…er…lively sexual past: “I don’t need a lover; the wretched beast is tame.”

A large part of what makes Cohen's songs and lyrics so great (and I don't use that word lightly here) is that he often works less by addressing an idea directly and more by allusion and suggestion which, with his genuine poetic ability, allows him sometimes to express something of the inexpressible.
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I could of course have been listening to this free of charge, streaming on certain sites, and I know that, thankfully, he doesn't now need the money from sales. However, my tenner is by way of a statement: I believe that if people want to hear music, its creators, be they 'famous'/major label signed or not, should be paid for it. Mr.Cohen's product happens to be worth every penny, and then some, and I'm proud and happy to own this mega quality CD in physical form.
Personally I think Leonard Cohen should be sharing Bob Dylan's Nobel. From the generous way Dylan has spoken of Cohen's work recently, perhaps he thinks so, too.....
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An incredible addition to one of the finest bodies of work in the whole canon of recorded music. What more can you add? The arrangements and the orchestrations/programming are exquisite throughout. It hangs together beautifully as a piece, and far more so than 2012's 'Old Ideas', which many people seem to love. Some mention that it sounds valedictory, and I think, Lord! When was there a time Mr. Cohen didn't sound valedictory? Bird On A Wire? Famous Blue Raincoat? Hallelujah? These songs go way back. We should just count ourselves lucky, I guess, that The Grocer Of Despair's still knocking around. Still struggling to be heard. Still grasping to find his way. Still navigating his little boat, trying to steer his way through the horror and the heartbreak. It's hard to pick stand-out tracks, but the title track is right up there with his very best. The incorporation of male voices in chorus is a new and delightful addition to the corpus of his recorded output. 'If I Didn't Have Your Love' is a gem just ripe for covering by a more commercial artist. Someone like Adele could do similar justice to such a poignant lyric, as she did for Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love', I feel. Get this man's music across to the masses. Let them learn these beautiful offerings word by word, before it's too late, and we figuratively go to Hell in a hand-basket. Elsewhere, 'Treaty' has a beautiful score that is reprised at the very last, and 'Steer Your Way' says everything you need to know about the world as seen through the eyes of a tireless octogenarian coming face-to-face with the unknown.Read more ›
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