"Thanks for the dance" - the new album

Leonard Cohen's posthumous album (2019)
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Post by Andrew (Darby) » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:31 pm

#11 was the best we could manage here in Oz, but currently down at #16. :roll:
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Post by HugoD » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:03 am

Ordered the CD and t-shirt a last October at the LC store in the UK. Also received a shipping confirmation somewhere mid November. Was already wondering when the items would arrive. But today, much to my surprise Sandbag UK refunded the money without any explanation :?: . Have of course sent them an email to inquire about the reasons but are there other forum members where this has happened?
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Post by jarkko » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:45 am

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Post by Clementine » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:27 pm

It was six years ago today and actually about this very hour, when Leonard played live for the very last time, here in Auckland, New Zealand.

I was in the front row and watched as the whole crew came on stage. We enjoyed a united celebration before Leonard skipped off, so nimbly, for a final time.

When I look at this now, of course I cry, but on that night, joyfulness broke through. We loved him and he loved us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YOo6Jqc2rU
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Post by Mabeanie1 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:44 pm

Clementine wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:27 pm
It was six years ago today and actually about this very hour, when Leonard played live for the very last time, here in Auckland, New Zealand.

I was in the front row and watched as the whole crew came on stage. We enjoyed a united celebration before Leonard skipped off, so nimbly, for a final time.

When I look at this now, of course I cry, but on that night, joyfulness broke through. We loved him and he loved us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YOo6Jqc2rU
It was a truly wonderful night. One to cherish and remember forever.

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Post by Geoffrey » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:00 pm

"i want to thank you, not just for tonight, but for all the years that you've paid attention to my songs. i really appreciate it."

few performers say this at the close of a concert.
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Post by Hal E. Lujah » Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:05 pm

Hello, all. I saw an interview recently in which Adam said he had called his father's music, mytho-romantic, to his father's consternation. Does anyone know what terms Leonard used to refer to his ouervre, and shed light on why he despised that characterization?

Loving the new album; I hear different things that I had missed in earlier hearings. After a while they all become your favorites, if you know what I mean. The attraction to certain tunes changes with time.

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Re: "Thanks for the dance" - the new album

Post by RainDog1980 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:21 pm

I have been sitting with this album so I could consume it and process it before sharing any thoughts. Whenever it comes to posthumous/reissue material, there is one principal I tend to judge by: does this need to be heard?

My answer is an unequivocal YES. This album is made up almost entirely of songs that are essential to Cohen's catalogue.

Happens to the Heart, Moving On, It's Torn, The Goal, and The Hills are just out of this world, to my ears. The Night of Santiago is great, but not up to the others.

Thanks For The Dance sounds like Leonard wrote entirely on his own, but musically, it's not my favorite. The same with Puppets. Lyrically devestating, it had the potential to be a monster of a song, but stands better as a recitation.

Listen to the Hummingbird is a lovely closer. Sadly, I can't follow LC's advice on that one... his work will stay with me until my own passing.
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