Darkness is the second advance track from Old Ideas, which is set to be released later in the month on Columbia. Old Ideas is Cohen’s first record of new material since 2004’s Dear Heather. At 77, it’s a bit of a surprise that the living legend is recording new material at all, but damn, I’m glad he is. Darkness finds Cohen at his best, his voice an intoxicating growl, his lyrics biting, funny, and bleak. Musically, his strength has always been his restraint, his ability to simmer and cook without coming to a boil – and on Darkness he uses this tension to maximum effect. Out of all the Woodstock Generation singer-songwriters, Cohen alone continues to progress and produce work that is not only consistent with his best, but also contemporary and relevant 45 years into the singer’s career. Astonishing.
Darkness by Leonard Cohen