Leonard Cohen, who passed away just this past month at the age of 82, had one of the most iconic voices of all time. A poet turned musician, songs like “Suzanne” and the incredibly canonical “Hallelujah” featured his raspy, wearily-traveled voice, that only seemed to sound even better as he got older.
Nothing is more true on his final record You Want It Darker, released just a couple of weeks before his death. If anyone thought David Bowie’s acceptance of death on his last record was ominous, they should hear “You Want It Darker,” a purely amazing song in its own right. It’s haunting, and incredibly dark, as the title suggests, but You Want It Darker is one of Leonard Cohen’s best records, and a fitting end to the career of such an iconic musician and poet.