AOTY 2019

Thanks for the Dance

Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2019 Ratings: #50 / 605
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2019 Ratings: #230
November 22, 2019 / Release Date
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Sony / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph
Some of us have been listening to Cohen for all our lives and will continue to do so as his extraordinary songs light up a path to our inevitable end. It is so good to hear that voice again. Thanks for the dance, Leonard.
Z.Younk
NR
I have no interest in hearing the songs Leonard kept to himself and didn't intend for his audience. Fucking hate these executive vultures who keep milking deceased musicians' legacies for every drop of money they can get their hands on. When you die, your licensing contracts should be null and void for the rest of time.
zachthesnack
84
Am I surprised that Sony is grave robbing?

Absolutely not, they are perhaps the most shamelessly stingy record label that I know of.

Does the fact that this compilation of songs was released with out artistic consent stop them from being amazing?

Absolutely not, some of the songs on here are among my personal favorites in his collection. The songs are him being his usual clever and savvy self. I’m sure he had his reasons for not releasing these, I wish artistic integrity meant shit. ... read more
kappachino
71
I mean, it's good, but let him rest in peace
amelietur
80
It's good, but albums as such shouldn't exist. The decision was made to not put out those songs, there was a reason behind it, whatever it was (even though they're genuinely good). RIP Leonard.
70
This posthumous release of Cohen has resulted in a work of collaboration with mastermind creation from his son. The intimate vocals and poetic centre point of this record is set well to sparse instrumentation played by big musical names. This is the first posthumous release I respect.
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Track List

  1. Happens to the Heart
  2. Moving On
  3. The Night of Santiago
  4. Thanks for the Dance
  5. It's Torn
  6. The Goal
  7. Puppets
  8. The Hills
  9. Listen to the Hummingbird
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Added on: September 20, 2019