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Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker Review

Impossible it is to forget the monumental final effort David Bowie created with Blackstar, it is the frankness and tragedy of dying first that cements him at a pillar higher than Cohen when comparing their final works. They passed in the same year. They both offered greatly differing, vibrant bodies of work that will hold their own in the years to come. But You Want It Darker is better. It is an album defined by its title track, remembered for those ghostly, tender and operatic voices that open Cohen’s swansong, and rightly so. Move beyond You Want it Darker though. Cohen does offer a welcome reflection on his career and life, as did Bowie with Blackstar, but the former offers much more than that with the tracks that followed.

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Lyrics as Ash – Why Jarvis Cocker is wrong about the written word and poetry of it

In 2012, during a lull in musical output, former Pulp frontman and solo artist Jarvis Cocker released lyric book Mother, Brother, Lover, a compendium of his varied works across four decades of songwriting. Leonard Cohen once said: “Art is just the ash left if your life is burning well,” and true to that, great lyricists are the ones that lead fascinating lives. When we listen to Bob Dylan, Patti Smith or even the work of Cocker both past and present, listeners are given an insight into the mind of an artist. But Cocker would disagree. His admittance to not wanting to be a songwriter, saying: “…you don’t particularly want to do the job, but because a song isn’t really a song until it’s got some lyrics, it’s down to you to write them” says it all. He believes “the words to a song are not important” but forgets to understand the impact he and other musicians have made on linguistics.

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