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