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After years of sublimating his folk-based instincts in favor of synthesizer sounds, Cockburn returns to his formidable strengths as a guitarist here. He dives into acoustic blues (“Soul of a Man”), neo-rockabilly (“A Dream Like Mine”) and surf-rock (“Actions Speaks Louder”) with verve and bite. His lyrics are even better — from the angry Western balladry of “Kit Carson” to the Springsteen-like political thrust of “Mighty Trucks of Midnight” and the spiritual wonder of “One of the Best Ones,” this is Cockburn at his poetic peak. His explicitly Christian-rooted songs — especially “Great Big Love” and Cry of a Tiny Baby” — use personal imagery to illuminate eternal themes. Producer T-Bone Burnett surrounds Bruce with an exceptional combo, including legendary organist Booker T. Jones. Cockburn has released many fine albums over the decades, but Nothing But a Burning Light deserves special notice for its masterful songwriting and effortlessly fluent musicianship.

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This guy is good. Check out Great Big Love. The song is amazing.


Beautiful, thoughtful, provocative. This is a top ten desert island pick.

Cockburn's Best

One of Cockburns Best. Touching lyrics, showing his artistry and character. A sincerely written interpretation of the man himself.


Born: May 27, 1945 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Immensely popular in his native Canada, singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has found only cult success south of the border, in spite of a rich, varied body of work and considerable critical nods. He has won numerous Juno Awards and has kept the quality control on most of his albums at a high level. Cockburn's first decade of work (1970-1979) is largely literate, singer/songwriter folk-rock, often with a strong Christian tone and mystical, devotional lyrics. In 1979, Cockburn had his only major U.S....
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