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Album Review

With every album he released during the first half of the '70s, Bruce Cockburn continued to evolve and show signs of greatness, and with his seventh, In the Falling Dark, he makes good on these promises. As a whole, this record trumps anything that its predecessors had to offer, almost to the point where it's difficult to imagine that it followed the release of Joy Will Find a Way by only a year. The sound that was merely suggested on his previous recordings is fully realized here: check out the flute and trumpet interplay on the jazz-inflected instrumental "Giftbearer," the hypnotic "I'm Gonna Fly Someday" with its irresistible flute, horn, and voice line, and Fred Stone's flügelhorn on "Silver Wheels." Furthermore, the songwriting is without a doubt his most consistent; "Lord of the Starfields" and the evocative title track are the pinnacle of his Christian mysticism, whereas the aforementioned "Silver Wheels" is one of his keenest social observations to date. There's still the occasional slide into the sort of hippie-ish sentiments that have plagued his recordings from time to time, but even at its most mawkish, there's a sweetness and warmth to the material. His first U.S. release since 1972, In the Falling Dark may not have made Bruce Cockburn a household name, but it did mark his emergence as an important artist.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Record...

The reviewer says that Bruce has put 'Hippy-ish Sentiments' here. Considering that most of the music being pushed during the late 1970's was Heavy Rock, Disco or Punk about this time, then I will take some sentimental Hippy-ish thoughts to clear my mind. Bruce's songs of faith have an innocence or naevity that is refreshing without being evangelistic. His songs of conviction, "Red Brother, Red Sister", have an honesty that defies political posturing.

great folk/jazz

One of the great Christian mystic albums of all time. Bruce's guitar playing is never better and the record has a free flowing feel to it. "Lord of the Starfields" is simply majestic. One note for buyers: track #13 is "Shepherds" and not "Dweller By a Dark Stream"

Wore out two LP's listening to this

Never thought much about the "mysticism", christian or otherwise when listening to this album. Cockburn is an amazing musician, developing layers of melody and instrumentation in his songwriting.


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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