Beim Guardian zwei schöne neue Lieder von Leonhard Cohen hören! Show me the place und Darkness
A new Leonard Cohen song called Darkness, you say? Yippee! Seriously, it’s very good. Darkness is the second song (you can listen to the first, the lovely Show Me the Place here) to emerge from Cohen’s forthcoming Old Ideas, his first album of new material since 2004’s Dear Heather. Since then, he’s declared himself bankrupt, toured the world twice and had one of his songs covered by an X Factor winner.
As you can probably tell from the title, Darkness isn’t a syrupy love song or a concession to contemporary dance pop. It’s a stately and brooding four and a half minutes, featuring twanging guitars, warm organ swells and lovely backing vocals to underpin Cohen’s creepy croon. As ever, the lyrics are pure gold, particularly the line: „I should have seen it coming/ it was red behind your eyes/ you were young and it was summer/ I just had to take a dive.“
• Old Ideas is due on 31 January via Columbia.