Thanks for the Dance

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Thanks for the Dance
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
ProducerAdam Cohen
Leonard Cohen chronology
You Want It Darker
Thanks for the Dance
Singles from Thanks for the Dance
  1. "The Goal"
    Released: September 20, 2019
  2. "Happens to the Heart"
    Released: October 25, 2019

Thanks for the Dance is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released through Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings on November 22, 2019.[1] It is the first release following Cohen's death in November 2016, and features contributions with musicians including Beck, Jennifer Warnes, Damien Rice and Leslie Feist.[2] The song "The Goal" was released with the announcement of the album, on September 20, 2019.[3]

Described as a "continuation" of Cohen's previous studio album, You Want It Darker (2016), the album's vocal tracks were recording during the same sessions, with Cohen's son and album producer Adam Cohen noting that the album shouldn't be considered an album of "discarded songs or B sides".[4]

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The songs on the album comprise "sketches" left over from the sessions for Cohen's final studio album You Want It Darker that were finished by Cohen's son Adam Cohen in a "garage near his father's old house".[7] Regarding the tracks, Cohen noted: "Had we had more time and had [Leonard] been more robust, we would have gotten to them. [We had] conversations about what instrumentation and what feelings he wanted the completed work to evoke — sadly, the fact that I would be completing them without him was given."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Leonard Cohen.

1."Happens to the Heart"4:33
2."Moving On"3:11
3."The Night of Santiago"4:15
4."Thanks for the Dance"4:13
5."It's Torn"2:57
6."The Goal"1:12
8."The Hills"4:17
9."Listen to the Hummingbird"2:00
Total length:29:17



  1. ^ DeVille, Chris (September 20, 2019). "New Leonard Cohen Album Thanks For The Dance Out This Fall". Stereogum. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Monroe, Jazz (September 20, 2019). "New Leonard Cohen Album Thanks for the Dance Announced: Listen to "The Goal"". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Reilly, Nick (September 20, 2019). "Thanks For The Dance: Leonard Cohen's son unveils new posthumous album and shares first track". NME. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (November 20, 2019). "TA Last Dance for Leonard Cohen". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Reviews for Thanks for the Dance by Leonard Cohen". Metacritic. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Hewitt, Ben (November 21, 2019). "Leonard Cohen: Thanks for the Dance". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Snapes, Laura (September 21, 2019). "Thanks for the Dance: posthumous Leonard Cohen album announced". The Guardian. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (November 20, 2019). "TA Last Dance for Leonard Cohen". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2019.