Bruce Cockburn - Stealing Fire

Monday 1st March 2004
Bruce Cockburn - Stealing Fire
Bruce Cockburn - Stealing Fire

STYLE: Rock
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9210-8928
LABEL: True North TND318
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

20 years ago Bruce Cockburn visited Central America for the first time and what he saw provoked a lot of songs on ‘Stealing Fire’ where his righteous indignation pours out into classics like “Lovers In A Dangerous Time” and the pithy, wonderful, descriptive “Dust And Diesel”. There is the romance of “Sahara Gold” and the gospel inspiration of “To Raise The Morning Star” and the most notorious of the set’s songs “If I Had A Rocket Launcher”. Written after visiting a refugee which had recently been attacked by the US backed Guatemalan army, the song describes the raw horror of such actions as Cockburn rails against the system that makes such events happen. 20 years on, the passion of the songs captured here still feel sadly relevant.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Lover In A Dangerous Time [Listen]
2. Maybe The Poet [Listen]
3. Sahara Gold [Listen]
4. Making Contact [Listen]
5. Peggy's Kitchen Wall [Listen]
6. To Raise The Morning Star [Listen]
7. Nicaragua [Listen]
8. If I Had A Rocket Launcher [Listen]
9. Dust And Diesel [Listen]
10. Yanqui Go Home [Listen]
11. Call It The Sundance [Listen]

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