#15 Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker” – Top 20 Albums of 2016

Due to medical reasons the late Leonard Cohen’s final album was recorded in the living room of his home in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, California. An injury to the poets back as a result of extensive touring in the last five years of the 82 year old singer’s life (the man literally worked himself to death) necessitated that Cohen’s vocal tracks be recorded at home and emailed to son and producer Adam Cohen. Of the recording process Cohen remarked, “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”. Cohen died in his sleep as a result of a fall in his home November 7, 2016, three weeks after the release of You Want It Darker. As was his wish, Cohen was laid to rest with a Jewish rite in a simple pine casket in the family plot at Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Cemetery.

Key tracks: You Want It Darker, Leaving The Table, Traveling Light

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