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Canadian folk singer Bruce Cockburn made the transition to the electronically fueled '80s with eloquence, improving his accessibility while mining his leftist political views for subject material. Cockburn was rewarded with the hit single "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," which remains one of his most affecting tracks. "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" makes a similar impact, providing a beat to dance to while the lyrics mine the emotions of discussing nuclear war. A trip to Central America prompted Cockburn to write tunes with a world music feel and a strong political consciousness. "Maybe the Poet" sounds positively prescient in the new century. "Nicaragua" works as emotive journalism, without forgetting that music is Cockburn's metier. "Dust and Diesel" plays like a spy novel. "Peggy's Kitchen Wall" finds warmth in an eerie moment where gun violence is felt so casually when a neighbor's clearly in distress. The deluxe edition includes two bonus cuts (the reggae-tinged "Yanqui Go Home" and the night-riding funk piece "Call It the Sundance") that bolster the album's classic status.

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Sincerely Beautiful & Haunting...

It seems like a lifetime ago...
This album just dropped out of the sky for me - in the middle of the 80's where New Wave and a complete lack of sincerity and personal depth were the hallmark of that musical era we have this master work of central American plight. Beautiful and Haunting are the words that come to mind when I listen to this album... Don't get me wrong I'm no protester or self righteous folk artist wann be... I'm just a guy who fell in love with this intensely satisfying and well crafted album and to this day I still find this album from track to track to be one of the best experiences from it's era - a complete master work


He wasn't doing too good in US Chart but yes in his Country. I don't know about Bruce Cockburn till last This Album It sounds a little too 80's, but it's a great set of songs, with some of the best political songs I've ever heard. He's a great guitarist, and one of my favorite singer/songwriters.

Still Great

Listened to this album from start to finish again for the first time in 10 years. Don't know many artists who combine the power and beauty of these lyrics with this high a level of musicianship. It's certainly a period piece but this period keeps seeming to repeat itself.


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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