Today we celebrate Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album YOU WANT IT DARKER, which is now available in stores and digitally worldwide. To accompany the release of the album is the premiere of the lyric video for the lead single “You Want It Darker.” Click here to watch.
The new collection of startling songs was produced by his son Adam Cohen, and following last week’s global launch event at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, the accolades for this body of work have been pouring in from around the world.
“What is truly extraordinary about Cohen is not that he is still making albums but that they are as rich, deep and potent as ever,” UK Telegraph – 5 stars
C’est surtout un album d’une rare beauté dans lequel les musiques, à la fois riches et dépouillées, se mettent vraiment au service de la voix à nulle autre pareille de Leonard Cohen qui n’a jamais paru si proche’,” La Presse – 5 stars
“Cohen’s voice remains strong, measured and assured. There is, as ever, flashes of playful humour in his wonderful use of language,” The Irish Times – 5 stars
“Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker. At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny,” The New Yorker
“Avec You Want It Darker, disque à la fois puissant et sombre dans lequel il aborde des thèmes qui lui sont chers comme la mortalité et la spiritualité, Leonard Cohen nous prouve qu’il est toujours aussi inspire,” Le Journal de Montreal
“An unquestioned masterpiece. Cohen courts what is most uncomfortable in the human condition and transforms that terrifying unease into something of great beauty – and in the process, some comfort too,” The Arts Desk – 5 stars
“El aroma cálido, oscuro, seductor y reflexivo de la trayectoria de Cohen resulta reconocible en su nuevo disco,” La Razón
“This is Cohen’s gift to music lovers: a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink,” Rolling Stone – 4 stars
“You Want It Darker, it is such a pleasure to listen to… this album confirms he has much more to say, much more to share, as a sage who doesn’t offer himself as such but rather as a fellow questioner stumbling through. Yes, Leonard, if you’re asking, we do want it darker,” Sydney Morning Herald – 4.5 stars
Berlin DJ Paul Kalkbrenner’s remix of Leonard Cohen’s new single “You Want It Darker” premieres today, Oct 7 2016. The electronic artist debuted his rendition of the Leonard Cohen track at Lollapalooza Berlin earlier this month. Kalkbrenner gives Cohen’s hypnotic song of religious exploration, a booming bass and an upbeat tempo. The remix is available globally on all digital providers today. Click here to listen.
Paul Kalkbrenner is one of techno’s most successful artists, and been active in the Berlin techno scene since the 90s. He has produced seven studio albums and his single “Sky and Sand” went Platinum with over 200,000 copies sold. It charted on the German singles chart for 121 weeks, breaking the German singles record. In 2014 he was asked to perform in front of the Brandenburg Gate for 500,000 people to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and this year he was the first techno artist to ever play the main stage of the famed Tomorrowland Festival. After signing with Columbia in 2015, Kalkbrenner released his album “7” in August 2015.
Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album, YOU WANT IT DARKER arrives in stores on October 21st, 2016, available for pre-order now.