Cohen’s famous, deep, gravelly FM radio voice is on full display with the eponymous track, You Want It Darker, and while his vocals border on monotonous, the backing from Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir – coupled with the tracks strong bassline and subtle organ – hold the show together, ensuring the song is a standout. Treaty demonstrates good pacing of Cohen’s lyrics, although String Reprise/Treaty – a near instrumental, string quartet reimagining of Treaty – for the album’s conclusion, while pleasant enough, feels superfluous. The warm, female, backing vocals of On The Level are very good, distracting from Cohen’s sketchy vocal delivery early on the track.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 28th October 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.