Holy smokes, this is one heck of a final album. I don't think I can find the right words to do it justice. I found this lovely little bit from the Rolling Stone "a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, generally spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink."
One wishes that all artists could record something this incredible before their deaths. Released a mere nineteen days before Cohen's passing, the album incorporates the likes of traditional Jewish music, smooth pop, modern blues, and more to create a sparse yet dark sound. Cohen wrestles with love, lust, religion, and other struggles that have defined him over the years, and he ultimately hopes for some kind of a good, peaceful conclusion even as he remains skeptical. The record is simply wonderful.
Superb album. His anthem is "Hallelujah", of course, but the one that tells the naked truth is "Everybody Knows" from another album. Towards the end of his life he drew close to his Jewish faith and a Cantor sings on the last album. There is no Heaven or Hell nor an afterlife according to the Jewish faith. We must live to be the best human beings we can even in an increasingly troubled world. This line of thought is somewhat similar to the Existentialist and Secular Humanist line of philosophy. The title tune of this album is superb.
One of the best swansongs in music. It's up there with "Hurt" as sung by Johnny Cash.
His swan song - "If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game... I'm ready, my Lord"
This album proves Leonard Cohen was making every moment before his passing count. I think Adam Cohen's arrangements suit the songs very well also.
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