Slate talks Cohen

Over the decades, Cohen’s songs have steadily darkened, even as five years in a Zen monastery during the ’90s tempered some of his lifelong depression. In Old Ideas, Cohen reaches maybe the deepest black yet in “The Darkness.” Here darkness is at the center of all, evoking death, naturally, but also love and regret: “Winning you was easy, but darkness was the price.” Yet there’s still always a small niche for hope and renewal: “Come healing of the reason, come healing of the heart.” In the new album there’s a kind of aura around every line, a sense of something said once and for all, and it’s not all bleakness, and it’s terrifically moving.

Slate reviews Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas. [via Slate]



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