by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/16/20, 12:00 pm
Folk Music of China, Vol.
As he promised that he would in October, Kanye West released his second gospel album, Jesus Is Born (INC), on Christmas Day.
Maybe he noticed the second half of Psalm 15:4 and realized that he really should stop missing deadlines of his own making.
It turns out that Cohen had one more album in him, or at least enough of one to enable his son Adam and a sympathetic coterie of background singers and musicians to turn it into something befitting his singular legacy. The sepulchral whispers, the poetic verbal economy, the intermingling of the sacred and the profane—everything that ever made Cohen fascinating is here. Most fascinating of all, he ends by imploring his fans not to listen to him anymore but to listen instead to “the mind of God.”