On September 21, 2016 -- his 82nd birthday -- Leonard Cohen presented the world with a gift: An internet stream of this album's eerie, mortality-themed title track featuring appearances by Montreal cantor Gideon Zellermyer and the choir from Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue. (Part of the song appeared in an episode of Peaky Blinders in June.) The full-length, produced by his son Adam, contains nine new original songs authored, for the first time in more than two decades, solely by Cohen. ~ Thom Jurek
Rolling Stone - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is Cohen's gift to music lovers: a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, generally spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink."
Spin - "Cohen has long been preoccupied with death, and never more so than on the eve of his own passing."
Entertainment Weekly - "The production, by his son Adam, is lush but lean: Crisp guitar lines, the steady whispery whisk of percussion, and the occasional orchestral flourish surround vocals that sound like they've spent the past six decades in a rock tumbler lined with gravel and mescal." -- Grade: A-
Paste (magazine) - "Making peace with the world and oneself is a theme that runs throughout YOU WANT IT DARKER. Tracks like 'Treaty,' 'Leaving The Table,' 'On The Level' and 'Traveling Light' each examine the duties and pitfalls of mortal life."
Uncut (magazine) - "[I]t's hard to imagine a richer, finer or more satisfying finale than this. There's no question the man's earned his smoke break."