Musical style

Rose's early work consists of unaccompanied piano and vocals as well as more heavily orchestrated numbers. His lyrics have been described as romantic and humorous, while promoting a left-wing hippie philosophy. His piano-playing has been described as jaunty, reminiscent of pre-World War II Broadway musicals.

Rose's work of the past ten years differs from his early recordings. He has introduced spoken word and rap elements into his songs; some recordings experiment with extended song forms and eccentric instrumentation. He makes controversial use of racial stereotypes. In his web-based art, Christ and Hitler are referenced often, apparently as icons/personifications of good and evil. Many of his websites, such as, openly deal with race and religion. This has resulted on various online postings criticizing Rose of being antisemitic and racist. It is said that Rose denies the charge.