Mr. Cohen’s poetry is by no means all he has to offer. His music sounds classically simple yet fresh, enlivened by apt and original arrangements, mostly by himself and featuring contemporary electronic timbres that don’t even hint at a pandering to contemporary tastes. Even more crucial to his impact is his voice, a gravelly bass-baritone, and his utterly personal phrasing-scansion that transforms innocent-looking lines on the page into rich double and triple meanings.
From Rock Poets From Canada Roll Anew by John Rockwell. New York Times: April 17, 1988.
Note: Originally posted Mar 1, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric