you-want-it-darkerIt’s not surprising that Leonard Cohen, in his 83rd year, continues to ruminate on mortality and life after death on his latest album, a companion to his 2014 release Popular Problems.

Beautifully under-produced, Cohen’s wizened voice sings, whispers, speaks, sometimes in the company of female gospel and soul singers, and a synagogue choir on at least two straight-ahead love songs; he also offers darker material with lines such as, “You want it darker, we kill the flame…I didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim,” from the title track. Musically haunting, with subtle use of piano, violin, bass and guitar.

You Want It Darker is available now via Sony.

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