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Thanks For The Dance

Leonard Cohen

Thanks For The Dance

Posthumous album from the singer-songwriter's final session produced by his son Adam Cohen and features contributions from Beck, Jennifer Warnes, Damien Rice, Bryce Dessner and Leslie Feist

ADM rating[?]

8.1

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
22/11/2019
US Release date
22/11/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    This posthumous album finds the poet and singer on reflective, insightful, deadpan form, ‘settling accounts of the soul’
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  2. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is a thrilling conclusion to an incredible, peerless career, and it just so happens to be one of the greatest posthumous albums of all time
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  3. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Stands out as an emblem of the artist’s life work. Dancing between satire, melancholy and tenderness, his final words stand out as the mark of a worldview drawn from a life lived in the shadow of his own genius
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Each of the nine songs and poems that comprise Thanks for the Dance is a self-contained, coherent piece of art that perfectly fits in the Cohen canon
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  5. 8.0 |   The Music

    This is the perfect album to follow the weightier farewell note of his previous album. It’s a shot of poetic light and a reminder that Cohen’s art lives on
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  6. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Leonard removes his necktie and pistol as his lover’s 'nipples rose like bread'
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Striking postscript to a remarkable life
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    2016's 'You Want It Darker' was a fine full stop on Cohen's career. But this gentle collection justifies its existence with a cathartic energy that offers closure
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  9. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Whether he’s singing about sex or death, or whatever else, Cohen’s voice remains indispensable
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    Posthumous albums tend to sound cobbled together, compromised, missing that vital spark, but this loving father-son dialogue has produced a worthy epilogue to one of music's greatest songbooks. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Thanks For The Dance has the intimacy that characterised Songs Of Leonard Cohen and Songs From A Room half a century ago, only rarely making the listener conscious of the resources at Adam Cohen's command. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A fitting goodbye to a figure who, whether they've been in your life for one day, one year or a lifetime, made a tremendous impact on their craft. A beautiful reprise to a song of love or hate. The pleasure was all ours, Leonard
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Cohen’s voice rumbles through lines on sex, death, faith, politics and economics like a steamroller over dry gravel
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  14. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Those who go into Thanks For The Dance looking for a half-album or a collection of fragments will be pleasantly surprised
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  15. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The album helps the listener find light in times of dark, offering reassurance that, whatever the circumstances, poetry and music can become the salvation we all need
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  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    Long-term fans will revel in another chance to lap up his wisdom and that captivated audiences for almost 50 years
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Amid Cohen’s wry melancholy, the most enduring line is his simplest: “Thanks for the dance/It was hell, it was swell, it was fun”
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  18. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It may break your heart. But, like the album as a whole, and Cohen’s entire oevre, it may also sustain it
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  19. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    An album that is made delicately with care and trusting in the fact that they didn’t have to do much but create an environment to support and console Cohen’s wonderful world
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  20. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A fitting culmination of the run that began with Old Ideas in 2012. Print edition only

  21. 8.0 |   All Music

    Thanks for the Dance might not seem to be a major statement at first glance, but it's a missive that carries startling power, and it's clearly not built from scraps and leftovers, but assembled with a love that's equal to the knowledge Cohen put into it
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  22. 8.0 |   NOW

    A fitting final statement
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  23. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    These short joys remind us of what we love about Leonard Cohen, and while it isn’t perfect, it’s just wonderful to hear him for a little longer
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  24. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    After the grand farewell of 2016's You Want It Darker, Cohen's son gathers his father's scraps and unfinished ideas and lovingly fleshes them out with help from collaborators like Beck, The National's Bryce Dessner and Feist
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