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  • Summary: The 14th full-length studio release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was produced by his son.
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You Want It Darker
If you are the dealer I'm out of the game If you are the healer it means I'm broken and lame If thine is the glory then Mine must be the shame You... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    This album, musically, feels like a return to Cohen’s work in the 1960’s and 1970’s. While all the songs are brilliant, they’re not pop songs.
  2. Oct 18, 2016
    100
    Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album is a bleak masterpiece for hard times from pop’s longest-serving poet.
  3. 91
    Using his remaining time, he’s not only putting his house in order, he’s tidying up ours too. You Want It Darker prepares us for his departure and, in turn, shows us how it’s done, so we have a road map--pockmarked by land mines as it is--in place when we reach that stage.
  4. Oct 18, 2016
    90
    It's become a cliche to treat every latter-day Cohen album like a potential swansong but it's hard to imagine a richer, finer or more satisfying finale than this. [Nov 2016, p.18]
  5. Oct 21, 2016
    83
    He’s choosing to examine his life (and life’s work) rather than ponder the abyss. That ensures You Want It Darker doesn’t feel like an ending, as much as it feels like one more chapter in Cohen’s songbook.
  6. Nov 3, 2016
    80
    It’s as strong a collection as any of his in recent times and tied together of course by that voice--deeply authoritative, unfathomably evocative and really quite irreplaceable.
  7. Oct 24, 2016
    70
    You Want It Darker doesn’t just boast a broad sonic palette, but the return of a broad-minded pop sensibility to his work after a sustained period of asceticism, with a precise lyrical platform granted manifold meanings through differing musical approaches, the songs bolstered by Eastern rhythms, full-bodied organ lines, and choral chants.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sem sombra de dúvidas um trabalho incrível, todo trabalhado e com produção monumental, cada nota, cada vocal, cada som, cada melodia e algo surpreendente e supera tudo. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2017
    10
    This is an album that will get you goosebumps in just a few minutes. An amazing farewell to a legendary songwriter. There isn't a single songThis is an album that will get you goosebumps in just a few minutes. An amazing farewell to a legendary songwriter. There isn't a single song less touching than the other. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2016
    10
    OMG¡ This album is so amazing, the sounds, the voice. It's just amazing¡¡¡ out of this world. I love the voice of this man, you are amazingOMG¡ This album is so amazing, the sounds, the voice. It's just amazing¡¡¡ out of this world. I love the voice of this man, you are amazing Leonard you did it again, amazing with amazing songs. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2016
    10
    So long, dear poet with angel's voice....i buried my mom with your music playing on, asking myself how many new songs you would make that sheSo long, dear poet with angel's voice....i buried my mom with your music playing on, asking myself how many new songs you would make that she wouldn't hear....the answer is here and yes, it's darker but beautiful...so long, captain... Expand
  5. Feb 8, 2017
    10
    In the past few years I have listened to and enjoyed several albums which embrace personal experiences of death with a depth and honesty thatIn the past few years I have listened to and enjoyed several albums which embrace personal experiences of death with a depth and honesty that elevates the art way beyond what is normal for this genre. Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lovell and David Bowie's Blackstar in particular both moved me well beyond my normal response.

    I have enjoyed Leonard Cohen over the years and have grown ever fonder as time has gone on. This final cut, including a significant contribution from his son Adam in terms of the musical arrangement, is fantastic. It was apparently recorded into a PC over a kitchen table with Cohen too weak to do more. And it sounds like that. A final rasp - almost a death rattle - the words of a dying man, but a man who had the gift of producing poetry so accessible, so unstudied, but at the same time so profound The themes are laden with heaviness, but delivered with a lightness that somehow makes them bearable. The words speak of someone who is reconciled to death, gradually letting go of life, but not shying away from the anxiety or finality of it either. The result is something which is both totally human but at the same time transcendent.

    It marks a beautiful end to an amazing life.
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  6. Oct 24, 2016
    9
    Excelent album! It's great how Cohen writes his songs, and also, who he mix the sounds with the words. Treaty moves me more every time IExcelent album! It's great how Cohen writes his songs, and also, who he mix the sounds with the words. Treaty moves me more every time I listen to it... Expand
  7. Jan 14, 2017
    8
    A darkly beautiful and reflective final record from the legendary Cohen, released in a similar fashion to David Bowie shortly before his deathA darkly beautiful and reflective final record from the legendary Cohen, released in a similar fashion to David Bowie shortly before his death from a long illness. Expand

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