Leonard Cohen’s highly-anticipated new album, “You Want It Darker”, has just been certified Gold in Canada, hitting the No.1 spot on SoundScan’s Top 200 Album Chart.
In its first week out, the album has reached the top 10 on iTunes in 50 countries and topped the charts in Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Norway, New Zealand and six other countries.
The album has also won the love and adoration of critics, with many high-profile outlets giving Cohen and his latest collection of songs rave reviews.
“’You Want It Darker’ is simply one…home truth after another… His voice is deeper and more ominous than ever, the minimal musical settings are perfect, and every song tackles one of the big themes,” writes the UK’s Sunday Times.
The Atlantic, meanwhile, says that Cohen’s latest “gravely and beautifully accepts God and mortality… a riveting experience.”
Just days before releasing his 14th album, Cohen reflected on his declining health with The New Yorker, revealing to the magazine that he felt “ready to die.”
While speaking about his unfinished works in the in-depth interview, the artist – who hails from Quebec – comes to the heartbreaking conclusion that many of his poems will most likely remain unfinished. “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows?” he told the magazine. “And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that.”
Cohen continued, “I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
In another revelation that is sure to disappoint many of his fans, Cohen went on to declare that he will likely never tour again, “except in a limited way: a single performance, perhaps, or a short residency at one venue.”
“You Want It Darker” debuted Oct. 21. Cohen released the album’s hypnotic title track on his 82nd birthday last month.