- The Washington Times - Friday, September 20, 2019

Late singer and writer Leonard Cohen recorded several songs prior his death in 2016 that will appear on a new record announced Friday, “Thanks for the Dance.”

Produced by his son, the posthumous album is the first being released under Cohen’s name since he died nearly three years ago at the age of 82.

Cohen’s son Adam subsequently recruited several musicians to add instrumentation.

“In composing and arranging the music for his words, we chose his most characteristic musical signatures, in this way keeping him with us,” Mr. Cohen said in a press release. “What moves me most about the album is the startled response of those who have heard it. ‘Leonard lives’! they say, one after the other.”

The album contains nine tracks and features performances by several major recording artists, including Beck, Damien Rice, Feist and members of the National and Arcade Fire, among others, in addition to Javier Mas, Cohen’s former touring guitarist.

“Thanks for the Dance” became available for pre-order Friday ahead of its release on Nov. 22.

Born in Quebec in 1934, Cohen’s lengthy career as a singer, songwriter, poet and novelist earned him accolades during his life including spots in both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1991, and he won both the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize in 2011.

Cohen’s last album, “You Want it Darker,” was released shortly before his death in November 2016. It was produced by his son, who announced last year that he hoped to release several songs recorded about the same time.

“I was tasked with finishing a few more songs of his that we started together on the last album, so his voice is literally still in my life,” he told CBC at the time. “It’s a bizarre and delicious entanglement.

“To make a long story short, I believe that there are some really beautiful new songs of Leonard Cohen that no one’s heard that are at some point going to come out,” he said. “There are these songs that exist that he wanted finished, these incredible powerful readings that were set to music. It’s going to surprise and delight.”

The title track of “You Want it Darker” won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance in 2018. Cohen was previously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

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