STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 7651-7411 LABEL: Cooking Vinyl COOKCD257 FORMAT: CD Album RRP: £14.99
Reviewed by Steve Best
If ever a singer/songwriter was underrated (and criminally so) it was Bruce Cockburn. For years now, he has been quietly producing songs of anger, beauty and sheer brilliance, and with this latest set - augmented by a few loops, a rap here and there and more brilliant observations about this absurd world in which we live - Bruce has proven that he's still got plenty to say and a seemingly bottomless pit of ways of saying it. Opener "Tried And Tested" is superb radio-friendly pop, but one look at the lyrics (thoughtfully provided with a French translation - Bruce is from Canada) throws a swift curveball. With tracks like "Postcards From Cambodia" and "Put It In Your Heart", Bruce is still an angry young man - perhaps in an older man's body, granted, and this makes him as relevant as ever and probably even more important to Christendom. Essential listening. I defy anyone to be unmoved and unaffected by another Cockburn masterpiece.
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