While partnerships that take in both the artistic and romantic often go disastrously wrong -- one need look no further than Phil Spector's life for proof -- there's definitely kismet in the air on Blue Alert. The disc, which is credited to singer Anjani Thomas, consists entirely of songs written by legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who happens to be her significant other as well. Blue Alert, the third full-length from the singer (who formerly used her last name as well) is jazzier than a typical Cohen offering, and markedly livelier -- due in large part to Anjani's supple, sultry voice, a marked departure from her paramour's sepulchral tones. The emotional hues conveyed in the disc's grooves, however, are as blue and smoky as anything in Cohen's career, redolent of longing and bittersweet introspection. Those elements come together most effectively in the wispy, mercurial strains of "Innermost Door" and "The Golden Gate," both of which fuse Cohen's Zen journeying with Anjani's pop instincts -- a hybrid that works well, much like Sting's similarly tricky fusions of days past. Don't look for many frills here -- songs like the breathy "Half the Perfect World" and the elegantly lilting "The Mist" waft along on little but a simple piano line. You don't have to be a diehard less-is-more advocate, however, to be captivated by the simple beauty of Blue Alert.