“If anyone’s gotten a special dispensation, it’s Leonard Cohen. He keeps telling us he’s going, but he never does. We are grateful for his inaccuracy, and surprised by how wrong he was.”

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Though Cohen loves the tragicomic mode, he occasionally drops the hammer and lets his knowledge of scripture, official and otherwise, inform his darkness. “Steer Your Way,” the last full song on the album, shows us the way of Cohen’s gentleness with the perfidy around him: forgiveness, first of the self. The backing music is a coded joke, a string quartet trading time with a tiny country-fiddle motif. And when Cohen trawls through sin, and its wages, he’s not so bad with meter and rhyme: “They whisper still, the injured stones, the blunted mountains weep. As he died to make men holy, let us die to make things cheap, and say the Mea Culpa, which you’ve probably forgot.” Charming fellow, but he sees himself, and us. How your year, and the rest, ends is in that mea culpa.quotedown2

Sasha Frere-Jones

Navigating the Darkness With David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen by Sasha Frere-Jones (Village Voice: 09 November 2016). A thoughtful, essay on the latter-day works of these artists.

Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker #1 On UK Independent Record Store Chart

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Launched in conjunction with the Record Store Day celebrations of 2012, the UK Record Store Chart aims to support Britain’s independent music shops and is compiled entirely from sales registered at 100 of those leading outlets.

From Leonard Cohen, Elvis Presley lead UK Record Store Chart By Live4ever (Live4Ever: 31 Oct 2016)

“Leonard Cohen‘s new album is #1 in his hometown! how surprising…”

 

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Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker #1 In Ireland & The Netherlands

blknethire In the past hour, I serendipitously came across two articles, each announcing the ascension of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker to #1 in national sales,  Leonard Cohen tops the Irish charts with You Want it Darker by Caitlyn Stewart (Hot Press: Oct 28, 2016) and Leonard Cohen aan de top in Album Top 100 (De Telegraaf: Oct 28, 2016)

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A Non-Tobacco Possibility About Leonard Cohen’s Cigarette On The You Want It Darker Cover

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The Cigarette (on the) Cover Story

The cigarette held by Leonard Cohen on the cover of his new album, You Want It Darker, has drawn a surprising amount of interest, including comments by the album’s producer, Adam Cohen, and by Leonard Cohen himself, and has become the latest chapter in the complex and captivating story of Leonard’s tobacco use.1  You Want It Darker Isn’t Leonard Cohen’s First Smoking Album Cover summarizes the speculations about that cigarette on the cover. But, it turns out that tobacco isn’t necessarily involved.

 

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We [My father, Leonard Cohen, and I] would listen to a song on repeat like teenagers, with the help of medical marijuana, for sometimes hours.quotedown2

Adam Cohen

 

So, was Leonard burning some rope when that photo was taken? Does “You Want It Darker” refer to his preferences in medical marijuana strains? Is a cover of Brewer & Shipley’s One Toke Over The Line in the offing? Well, probably not, but the idea does make for a Saturday morning sort of divertissement.

More importantly, Adam’s heartwarming and intimate account of working with his father on the new album can be heard in its entirety below:

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“This whole process, we were riding some mysterious wind, as my father calls it.” Adam Cohen On Working With Leonard Cohen On You Want It Darker

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

An intriguing interview with Adam Cohen on producing You Want It Darker with his father, Leonard Cohen, the death of Marianne, Leonard’s health, and more:

Leonard Cohen’s Son on His Father’s
Health and Potential Next Album

By David Marchese (Vulture: 21 October 2016)

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