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 JudasPriest » Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:57 pm

woody wrote:Amazing article. also amazing quotes from dylan, i'm not sure i've ever heard him speak so lucidly about another artist before it's quite an honour. im little disconcerted about the section where he balled out the interviewer for being late however- not sure what to think of it but for some reason it made me a little sad.
Yeah- seemed very un-Leonard like. That said, that amount of back pain is bound to get to you sooner rather later.
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Postby yopietro » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:34 pm

JudasPriest wrote:
woody wrote:Amazing article. also amazing quotes from dylan, i'm not sure i've ever heard him speak so lucidly about another artist before it's quite an honour. im little disconcerted about the section where he balled out the interviewer for being late however- not sure what to think of it but for some reason it made me a little sad.
Yeah- seemed very un-Leonard like. That said, that amount of back pain is bound to get to you sooner rather later.
I actually appreciated the fact that his burst of anger was left in the article. It prevents the piece from being a hagiography and painting our man as a saint. It humanizes him. We all hold him in such high esteem, as such a paragon of wisdom, that I'm sure he would be the first to remind us that he is a flawed human being just like the rest of us, prone to fits of anger and whatnot.
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Postby JudasPriest » Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:18 am

Agreed. It lent authenticity to the piece. I was also a little uncomfortable at him merely describing Roshi as "naughty" when perhaps something stronger was required.

Overall though, a memorable article which almost doubles as a mini biography.
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby Rabbit » Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:20 am

Mabeanie1 wrote:
Clementine wrote: I was just metres from Leonard, in the front row in Auckland, 21 December 2013, and as he finally skipped off stage I just knew in my heart that this was truly the last time.
That's exactly how I felt Clementine. (I must have been sat very close to you in the centre front.)

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I was at the Christchurch concert the previous week, and had I had any inkling it might be the last time I'd have got up off the couch and gone to Wellington and Auckland. But I watched him that night and decided he was immortal. He seemed undiminished from previous years. Yet my friend felt Leonard had aged noticeably from the 2010 concert we also both attended.
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby B4real » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:56 am

3 - 1 = 2.............Thanks for that diplomatic mathematical clarification, Jarkko :)

On an entirely different subject I like the sound of these future plans -
Cohen has unpublished poems to arrange, unfinished lyrics to finish and record or publish. He's considering doing a book in which poems, like pages of the Talmud, are surrounded by passages of interpretation.
That could maybe mean poems with companion commentary questions and/or answers relating to them with proof to the affirmative or negative. A thought springs to mind of Death of a Lady's Man not because of its contents but of the interaction between the poems/prose and their associated commentary.

Whether those unfinished lyrics are poems, songs or both, I look forward to them being completed.
But more importantly, stay strong Leonard!
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Postby Meonia » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:45 pm

Are there any Tourplans, and will Leonard come to Denmark in 2017

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Postby Patrycja » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:18 am

*sigh* well I wish I had the words to encompass all that this article has left me feeling, some weaving of being deeply moved by the spirit of the enterprise and being arrested at such bare expressions acknowledging the finalities. On the one hand, to see yet try to keep doing in the face of an inevitability that we all face, to still take on that responsibility, no matter what the stage of being able to respond, is stirring to witness, so human and soulful. On the other, that the door beyond which we don't get to witness is frankly closer is just hard to read. It's not only about the creative output, exemplary though it is, it's the dignity in the attempt with which it and the moments of daily life are conducted that leave me teary eyed yet smiling. (The latter includes the surprising, stern and all-too-human irritability of an elder who doesn't suffer tardiness, no matter the details, however legitimate; time and temperament loom and figure differently in different states and stages. It is clear there's none to waste).
I admire the admission, but as much the embers of 'and yet'...

It is encouraging to read that Leonard's inner life is calm, though there are physical challenges - what a bargain, man. Leonard's health is in my thoughts and however that can transfer energy and alleviate physical discomfort, the thoughts remain present.

Here's to second winds and to the fullness of life and to the completion of endeavors in a way that satisfies Leonard.

My gratitude for it all...

Thank you OP for posting this article.
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby sereneava » Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:54 am

Thank you Marie for posting those photos here. I saw the last photo first and felt sad to see Leonard looking so frail but the other two made me smile and feel happier to see that life and joy still in him. Here's hoping his health improves. Constant pain is horrible.
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby meglos2000 » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:01 am

Would love to hear the press conference.

Any chance audio or video will be put up here?
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby MarieM » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:31 pm

Folks in the US can listen to the streaming of the new album You Want It Darker on NPR. Here's their tweet:

NPR ‏@NPR
Preview the new album from Leonard Cohen, "You Want It Darker."
http://n.pr/2dBh7Uy

In Canada, the songs are available for streaming on CBC. Their tweet:

CBC Music | First Play: Leonard Cohen, You Want it Darker
http://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/14478/first-pnard-cohen
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby hadley » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:30 pm

Thanks for those links Marie :D

Here's one that seems to work from anywhere, though perhaps not North Korea I'm not sure :lol:

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/ ... -it-darker
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Postby BEATRIZ SALLES » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:53 pm

hadley wrote:Thanks for those links Marie :D

Here's one that seems to work from anywhere, though perhaps not North Korea I'm not sure :lol:

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/ ... -it-darker

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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby cohenadmirer » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:43 pm

Great reassuring pics and quotes.
But a delicious dilemma whether to play the stream or wait for the cd ?
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Postby peter danielsen » Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:54 pm

Leaving the table, is such a wonderful sad song, an instant hit hit hit hit
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Re: New Album announced: 'You Want It Darker'

Postby yopietro » Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:34 pm

My god. Folks this album is as good as advertised. I'm on my second listening now. The production is super tasteful. The orchestrations well arranged with no whiff of synthesizer. The lyrics are as expected, superb. And these songs. These songs. They really burrow straight into your heart. This is a top tier Leonard Cohen album. And in light of the recent articles in the New Yorker and MacCleans, this record hits home in a deeper way.

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