Bruce Cockburn - The Charity Of Night

Tuesday 1st April 1997
Bruce Cockburn - The Charity Of Night

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: True North

Reviewed by John Irvine

A return to the classic years: the jazz/blues/folk fusion of the '70s' albums 'Night Vision' through to "Circles In The Stream', tinged with the new country feel of 'Burning Light' and "Dart To The Heart', and Bruce's first album in over two and a half years. The hallmarks of this album are the smooth and mellow sound of acoustic double bass, vibes, acoustic guitar and Bruce's trademark voice: world weary yet full of a child's wonder, seeing poetry at every street corner, a man constantly fascinated by the rich tapestry of life which goes by unnoticed to all but the most astute or gifted observer. While the range of performance styles on this album might suggest a retrospective approach, this is retro rather than parody, a synthesis of 30 years of expertise. This is an older and wiser Bruce perhaps, a Bruce still giving us his very best. Still waiting for a miracle, still hearing "Rumours Of Glory". If nothing else, this album shows that Bruce is no has-been. He doesn't need gimmicks, smart production techniques or clever marketing to seduce the ears of listeners too young to remember his classic years. This album stands on its own merits, not on Bruce's past works. An album of future glories rather than past triumphs. As the sleeve blurb says: "If you were ever a Bruce Cockbum fan, this album will enchant you. If you aren't yet a fan, this album will convince you."

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