New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Leonard Ciohen's last studio album (2016)
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby lightning » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:16 pm

The review is by Sylvie Simmons, author of I'm Your Man . She covers Leonard as she plays uke.
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Postby JudasPriest » Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:49 am

Ms. Simmons also tweeted at one point that after 4 plays she was upgrading her one word review of the album from "great" to "magnificent". I don't know whether that upgrade post dates the writing of her review in Mojo or not.
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Postby Bennyboy » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:45 pm

JudasPriest wrote:Ms. Simmons also tweeted at one point that after 4 plays she was upgrading her one word review of the album from "great" to "magnificent". I don't know whether that upgrade post dates the writing of her review in Mojo or not.
I imagine she gave it more than 4 spins before reviewing - at least one would hope so.
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby hadley » Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:44 pm

Bennyboy wrote:
JudasPriest wrote:Ms. Simmons also tweeted at one point that after 4 plays she was upgrading her one word review of the album from "great" to "magnificent". I don't know whether that upgrade post dates the writing of her review in Mojo or not.
I imagine she gave it more than 4 spins before reviewing - at least one would hope so.
I'd hope so but I remember a review in Mojo one time of a Waterboys album where the reviewer settled on 3 stars due to the fact that the first time he heard it when he just happened to stick the thing on his car stereo while caught in traffic he hated it and would have given it 1 star, yet the second and seemingly final listen which took place in more agreeable conditions he thought it sound 'magical' and deemed that in those circumstances it was worth 5 :lol:
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Bennyboy » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:00 pm

hadley wrote:

I'd hope so but I remember a review in Mojo one time of a Waterboys album where the reviewer settled on 3 stars due to the fact that the first time he heard it when he just happened to stick the thing on his car stereo while caught in traffic he hated it and would have given it 1 star, yet the second and seemingly final listen which took place in more agreeable conditions he thought it sound 'magical' and deemed that in those circumstances it was worth 5 :lol:
That's ridiculous.

Anyway, it just struck me a new Leonard Cohen album is being released this month. Not often you can say that eh.
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby JudasPriest » Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:57 pm

It's all gone a bit quiet on the review front. Once the embargo was lifted and the Uncut/Mojo reviews dropped, I figured there'd be a load of them but not much joy as yet...
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby meglos2000 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:54 am

I wonder how best to help the new CD do well in the charts?

I'm in the UK and I heard that buying from HMV contributes to the chart figure, whereas buying through Amazon does not.

I want to make a contribution to it ideally becoming a No.1 album!
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Bennyboy » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:47 am

meglos2000 wrote:I wonder how best to help the new CD do well in the charts?

I'm in the UK and I heard that buying from HMV contributes to the chart figure, whereas buying through Amazon does not.

I want to make a contribution to it ideally becoming a No.1 album!
I didn't know Amazon sales didn't contribute to chart stars. Where did you discover that?
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Bennyboy » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:53 am

Florian wrote:Short (german) review of "You Want It Darker" by Arne Willander of the german Rolling Stone magazine. He votet
it his "record of the month":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXz6XDa-45w
Cheers - can you translate?
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Florian » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:27 am

Bennyboy wrote: Cheers - can you translate?



I will try to give some quotes, so you get an idea:

-record contains typical LC songs, with a voice even deeper and more broken then before
-more natural instruments than on the last records
-contains a lot of "last words"
-Willander likes this record more then the last two wich sounded a bit "routine" to him
-the record has a final and urgend tone
-the lyrics are shortend to be maximal laconic
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby jerry » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:58 pm

What the heck does maximal laconic mean??
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Goldin » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:04 pm

For me, "maximally laconic" is an opposite to garish imagery of Stories of the Street and similar lyrics.
With The Sweetest Little Song as an apotheosis.
Sounds not bad at all!
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Lungtas » Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:59 pm

שנה טובה Mr Cohen .
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby B4real » Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:49 am

Thanks again, Marie for keeping us informed.
I have to say that my breathing was perfectly normal and somewhat measured reading known LC history until near the end when once again, not only did my heart skip a beat or two but I have a very queezy feeling in my stomach!

Reading this helped -

Cohen said he had a “sweet little song” that he’d been working through, one of many, and, suddenly, he closed his eyes and began reciting the lyrics:

Listen to the hummingbird

Whose wings you cannot see

Listen to the hummingbird

Don’t listen to me.



Listen to the butterfly

Whose days but number three

Listen to the butterfly

Don’t listen to me.



Listen to the mind of God

Which doesn’t need to be

Listen to the mind of God

Don’t listen to me.


Another Sweet Little Song comes to mind -

The Sweetest Little Song
"You go your way
I'll go your way too"

......Just be happy, and the rest is taken care of......
Be for real. Free yourself to find the real Self ~~ Me
Happiness is like learning the violin, the more you practice it the more it comes to you ~~ Me
Without the heart, there can be no understanding between the hand and the mind ~~ Gore Vidal
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby JudasPriest » Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:21 pm

That is some article, thanks so much for posting... As primarily a Bob fan, huge bonus that the interviewer has managed to coax Uncle Bob into giving detailed quotes as to how highly he rates Leonard - but there's so much more in there. My only tiny regret is that the new album itself isn't discussed very much.

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