The passing of Leonard Cohen in November 2016 left an irremediable void in the world of songwriter music. We thought the album “You want it darker”, released just before his death, was his final farewell, but surprisingly a new album of unreleased songs is just been published.
“Thanks for the dance” includes 9 songs that the great Canadian artist had just drafted during the last months of his life. Too weak to finish them, he had asked his son Adam, also a musician, to give them a final shape, giving him precise instructions. Adam Cohen fulfilled his father’s wish gathering a group of well-known performers (among others Beck, Feist, Daniel Lanois, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Bryce Dessner of National, Damien Rice, Jennifer Warnes, Sharon Robinson, Javier Mas, who was with Cohen in his last tours) and with them he built real songs with Leonard’s recorded voice. As everybody knows, posthumous albums always raise some doubts as to their authenticity, but it is definitely not the case of this work. Here Leonard Cohen plays for real and his deep and unmistakable voice stands out on a discreet sound fabric, respectful towards the Master’s unique style. Thanks for this last dance, Mr. Cohen!
Above: Leonard Cohen in Nashville in 1968. (JTA/Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images)