You Want It Darker

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You Want It Darker
A black-and-white photo of Cohen in a suit with a large black border around it
Studio album by Leonard Cohen
Released 21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)
Recorded April 2015 – July 2016
Studio Leonard Cohen's house in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
Genre
Length 36:07
Label Columbia
Producer
Leonard Cohen chronology
Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour
(2015)Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour2015
You Want It Darker
(2016)
Singles from You Want It Darker
  1. "You Want It Darker"
    Released: 21 September 2016
  2. "Traveling Light"
    Released: 23 February 2017

You Want It Darker is the fourteenth and final studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released on October 21, 2016, by Columbia Records, 19 days before Cohen's death.[1][2] The album was created towards the end of his life and focuses on death, God, and humor. It was released to critical acclaim. The title track was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance in January 2018.

Background[edit]

After touring extensively between 2008 and 2013, Leonard Cohen began to suffer from "multiple fractures of the spine" among other physical problems, according to his son Adam Cohen.[3] Due to Leonard Cohen's mobility issues, You Want It Darker was recorded in the living room of his home in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles and then sent by e-mail to his musical collaborators.[4]

Cohen has said his condition helped him eliminate any distractions during the recording of the album: "In a certain sense, this particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity than when I had duties of making a living, being a husband, being a father".[4] Despite his medical condition, Adam Cohen said his father "Occasionally, in bouts of joy, he would even, through his pain, stand up in front of the speakers, and we'd repeat a song over and over like teenagers".[3]

Music[edit]

Musically, the album is "a little bit more sparse and acoustic" compared to his recent albums, according to Adam Cohen. Blues dominate the album.[3][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.8/10[7]
Metacritic92/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[8]
The A.V. ClubB+[9]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[10]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[12]
The Guardian5/5 stars[13]
The Independent4/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork8.5/10[15]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[16]
ViceA−[17]

You Want It Darker received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 92, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 28 reviews.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
The A.V. Club The A.V. Club's Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
11
The Independent Best Albums of 2016 2016
3
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
5
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
17
Pitchfork The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2016 2016 N/A
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
9
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
34
The Wire Top 50 Releases of the Year 2016
22

Commercial performance[edit]

In Canada, You Want It Darker debuted atop the album charts, with 19,400 in traditional sales and a total of 20,000 units.[26] The album occupied the top position for three consecutive weeks and sold 106,000 units by the end of the year in Canada.[27] In the United States, You Want It Darker debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 units, 24,000 of which were pure album sales.[28] It is Cohen's second American top 10 album.[28] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart, selling 20,330 copies in its first week and becoming Leonard Cohen's fifth top 10 album in the UK.[29] The album reached No. 1 on the Flemish Albums Chart and stayed there for 7 weeks.[30]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Leonard Cohen.

No.TitleMusicProducer(s)Length
1."You Want It Darker"Patrick LeonardAdam Cohen4:44
2."Treaty"L. CohenLeonard4:02
3."On the Level"Sharon RobinsonA. Cohen3:27
4."Leaving the Table"L. CohenA. Cohen3:47
5."If I Didn't Have Your Love"LeonardLeonard3:35
6."Traveling Light"
  • Leonard
  • A. Cohen
A. Cohen4:22
7."It Seemed the Better Way"LeonardA. Cohen4:21
8."Steer Your Way"L. CohenA. Cohen4:23
9."String Reprise / Treaty"L. CohenLeonard3:26
Total length:36:09

Personnel[edit]

Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, vocal

Background Vocals Dana Glover (Tracks 3&8) Athena Andreadis (Track 6) Alison Krauss (Track 8)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[77] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[78] Platinum 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[79] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[80] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[81] Gold 10,000^
France (SNEP)[82] Platinum 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[83] Gold 100,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[84] Gold 3,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[85] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[86] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[87] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[88] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[89] Platinum 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[90] Gold 100,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 1,100,000+[91]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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