Considering Leonard Cohen’s New Album Title: You Want It Darker – With Guest Author Apollon Maykov

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“You Want It Darker” is an intriguing choice for the title of the new Leonard Cohen album scheduled for release this fall. It not only hearkens back to recurrent motifs in Cohen’s earlier work but also implies that the musical themes in this album will extend and surpass the intensity of its predecessors. “You Want It Darker” is ambiguous enough to keep album-buyers and album-listeners invested and a tad off balance. It is also spectacularly evocative.

We’ll be considering the “You Want It Darker” as a title in future posts. Ending today’s introduction of the topic are the words of Apollon Maykov on the topic of “darker:”

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The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
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Apollon Maykov

 

Note: The author of these closing quotation was originally misidentified as Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  See comment by  Pieter Boulogne below.

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2 Replies to “Considering Leonard Cohen’s New Album Title: You Want It Darker – With Guest Author Apollon Maykov”

  1. Pieter Boulogne

    I’m afraid this quotation is falsely attributed to Dostoevsky. The Russian poet Apollon Maykov wrote the words in question (in Russian: “Чем ночь темней, тем ярче звезды, / Чем глубже скорбь, тем ближе Бог…”) in a poem in 1878, about a decade after the publication of Crime and Punishment.