Rolling Stone - 5/17/69, p.16
"...a sound portrait of a man and of a mood. A picture of Leonard Cohen: a terribly poetic, sensitive person who is depressed and depressing and capable of a great deal of honesty..."
Q - p.1323 stars out of 5
-- "1969's SONGS FROM A ROOM saw Cohen's scope widening and his voice hardening..."
Personnel: Leonard Cohen (vocals, acoustic guitar); Ed Hudson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: David Swope.
Liner Note Author: Anthony DeCurtis.
Recording information: 05/26/1968-11/25/1968.
Photographers: David Gahr; Bob Cato.
Leonard Cohen's second album maintained the haunting strengths of its predecessor. His hypnotic, murmured voice retains its compelling power and the content on Songs From A Room proves equally resonant. Where another pensive singer-songwriter might warp his craft with bathos, Cohen injects his work with mature insight, using metaphor and poetic insight to enhance his craft. Superb acoustic guitarwork weaves a path throughout the bewitching melodies, enhancing the singer's spell, although Cohen's self-deprecating humour is equally prevalent, particularly on the singalong 'Tonight Will Be Fine'. Songs From A Room captures every facet of Cohen's inestimable talent.