New York Daily News - Review: Ten New Songs
Cohen's music has romance and religion to it, but his words, like all poetry, would have movement without any instrumental accompaniment at all. They create rhythm through meter, alliteration and rhyme.
“Suddenly the night has grown colder / The God of love preparing to depart / Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder / They slip between the sentries of the heart.” This, to describe getting dumped…
To shine such a piercing light on experience is Cohen's genius. Coupled with the grace of his music, it continues to make his words worthy of worship.
-- New York Daily News, October 14, 2001