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

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:16 pm
by lightning
The review is by Sylvie Simmons, author of I'm Your Man . She covers Leonard as she plays uke.

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

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:49 am
by JudasPriest
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.

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

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:45 pm
by Bennyboy
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.

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

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:44 pm
by hadley
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:

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

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:00 pm
by Bennyboy
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.

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

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:57 pm
by JudasPriest
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...

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

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:54 am
by meglos2000
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!

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

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:47 am
by Bennyboy
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?

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

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:53 am
by Bennyboy
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?

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

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:27 am
by Florian
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

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

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:58 pm
by jerry
What the heck does maximal laconic mean??

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

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:04 pm
by Goldin
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!

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

Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:59 pm
by Lungtas
שנה טובה Mr Cohen .

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

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:49 am
by B4real
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......

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

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:21 pm
by JudasPriest
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.