"Never have I been so moved by the weaving of two great artists that come together as one; brought to life and shared by the beautiful voice and artistry of Lauren Fox, who not only shows us the gifts of their music but brings a new, fresh take on them, sheds new light, and is truly a worthy keeper of the flame."
-John Shanks, Grammy winner, Producer of the Year
"The affair of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen in the late 1960s may have only lasted a few months, but its resonance in the songs of these two Canadians — especially in Ms. Mitchell’s lyrics — is far reaching. A speculative exploration of their personal and artistic chemistry is only one aspect of Lauren Fox’s remarkable cabaret show, “Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen,” at the Metropolitan Room."
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Ms. Fox’s rendition of Mr. Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was the deepest and most dramatically revealing of any I’ve heard. The bitterness and self-laceration of this song about the failure of a relationship — and all relationships — registered keenly. With minimal melodrama she conveyed the steep prize of being in the thrall of romantic heat as time goes by: serial, deepening disenchantment."
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"In singing a program of numbers by Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, Fox raised folk singing to contemporary heights with her extraordinary talent. She has the ability to mesmerize an audience with her very presence and total command of her repertoire. Her skill as an actress serves her well as she injects meaning into every line, complete with a haunting voice, sensitive facial expressions, telltale body language and the intense feeling she brings to her song choices. After singing Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” she ends with Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” and it is as if a whole era has been summoned by the mastery of a new generation singer who can keep the music alive with updated expressiveness. "
-William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide
"Lauren Fox’s eloquently written, wrenchingly performed evening of songs by Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen is a revelation, not an exercise in nostalgia. Moving seamlessly back and forth between the two artists, and nuanced octave changes, she focuses on their time together and influence on one another. Characters are deftly described, history and anecdotes kept to incisively chosen illustrations which broaden understanding of the work. “Chelsea Morning” (Mitchell), interpreted as the exuberance of new love, is as joyful as “River” is a prayerful plea: “I wish I had a river so long/I could teach my feet to fly.” The delicate musicality of the second phrase sends a chill up my spine, repeated during a clarion rendition of “All I Want.” Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” is a self-justifying anthem. The searing “Hallelujah”—“Love is not a victory march/It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah”—is bluntly potent, a velvet knockout. His somewhat lesser known “I’m Your Man” becomes heady, suggestive, smoldering as offered by the insinuating Fox, fedora cocked, leaning towards women at the front of the room. Heat rises. This is a beautifully realized piece."
-Alix Cohen, Cabaret Scenes
"She began to talk about Canadian songwriters, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen and their relationship with each other and bits about their lives. And as she talked and sang songs they wrote about each other and about others (they were nothing if not free to be with others), something magical happened. Her voice became confident and strong and it became clear that not only is she deeply knowledgeable about and connected to Cohen and Mitchell, she is adept at bringing their complicated and fascinating souls alive vocally and physically. Lauren Fox is quite clearly a very talented actress and singer, but also a courageous artist committed to her own ideas of what she wants to express in a cabaret setting. And as a result, Lauren brought us all into a world we never expected to find at the Metropolitan Room—intimate, fascinating and magical."
-Susan Hasho, Times Square Chronicles