Leonard Cohen - 'Thanks For The Dance'

7/10

With what became his final release 'You Want It Darker' in 2016, Leonard Cohen was still very much a involved in creating his next body of work. While he sadly passed away a few weeks after that record came out, he was always preparing for the inevitable, leaving his son a collection of unused vocal recordings and a list of instructions to complete them after his death. And while his son Adam may not have the same musical prowess as his father, there were many of other helping hands including Beck, The National's Bryce Dessner and Feist who aided him in finishing his father's legacy.

While it is obviously Leonard Cohen crooning his way through this new collection, there is most certainly a disconnect between the sonic sound of this album when compared to his past work. Keeping the tone of the release very much fused to the minimal and empty side of production, 'Thanks For The Dance' seems to see itself as less of a variety of new material and a more of an excuse to hear his dulcet tones just one more time. This is not about the sonic artistry or ethereal intentions, but simply a reminder of just how effortlessly beautiful his prose could be, even in a posthumous guise.

Hearing that so many other artists came to help the creation of this album just shows how he came to touch the lives of so many musicians during his career. Leonard Cohen may no longer be with us but his music and sweet emotion will stay with us for years to come, and this new collection is a strong reminder of that.

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