The Independent - Review: The Future

[Cohen’s] lyrics have more depth, colour and polish than the next man's. Two of these new songs are anthems, hymns, ancient in their concerns, modern in their outlook. One of them, a gospel number actually entitled "Anthem", goes like this:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

When the words sing out like that, the singer hardly has to.
-- The Independent, November 22, 1992