The 1997 self-titled release by Jen Cohen finds the singer offering interpretations of material by songwriters such as Catie Curtis, Walter Hyatt, and Gillian Welch. Cohen is armed with a powerful voice that she manages to use with a good deal of range and emotion. The arrangements are stripped down, which allows Cohen's vocals and the lyrical thrust of the songs to remain at the forefront. Especially striking are her takes on Curtis' "Radical," the Bill Withers-penned "Grandma's Hands," and a lovely, hushed reading of Leonard Cohen's "Song of Bernadette." Fans of acoustic-based, singer/songwriters (as well as admirers of vocal prowess) will find Jen Cohen to be a noteworthy listen.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Demalon