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Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' Is A Family Affair

Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' Is A Family Affair

Adam Cohen on World Cafe

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Leonard Cohen (left) and Adam Cohen speak at an event for the release of You Want It Darker. Frank Micelotta/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Leonard Cohen (left) and Adam Cohen speak at an event for the release of You Want It Darker.

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Leonard Cohen's new album, You Want It Darker, certainly delivers on the promise of its title. It's a meditation on mortality that soars to the highest of musical heights and sinks to the lowest of vocal and existential depths. The record is truly one of the 82-year-old Cohen's best — and it was produced by his son, fellow musician Adam Cohen.

The experience saw Adam flying to Montreal to record the congregation of his family's old synagogue, dancing in front of speakers with his old man and delving deeper into a father-son relationship than most of us couldn't dream possible. In this interview, hear Adam discuss the pressure — and the joy — of producing a record for a living legend who just happens to be your dad.