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Canadian folksinger and cultural icon Bruce Cockburn is an accomplished guitarist who has never let that get in the way of his political and private reflections and a great song. He teams up with with jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman and co-writes two tracks with Annabelle Chvostek, who appears on both. “Iris of the World” is a chilling portrait of world events and life in the 21st century, while “Gifts” is an old concert closer from 1968 that’s finally made its way to an album. “Comets of Kandahar” with Scheinman, is a great piece between guitar, violin and Cockburn’s crafty rhythm section. “Each One Lost” recalls his days in Afghanistan witnessing the Canadian Army and its toil. “Lois On the Autobahn” remembers his mother. Sadness and forlorn reflection remains Cockburn’s strong suit. However, the guitarwork on “Bohemian 3-Step” and “Ancestors” creates atmospheres that go beyond mere words.

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Listen and take flight...

Like water, a gift from the God's. With every new Bruce Cockburn album there should be celebration, discovery, and a notification of his effort on every media front page. He is that important. A world treasure!


Just bought this album and am already in awe. Bruce just keeps it coming. Just got tic's to his show at Berkley!
Now I really can't wait! 3 step is an instant gem and Iris grabbed me from the get-go. Bravo Bruce!

Grows on you

This is another strong effort from Bruce Cockburn. A more relaxed effort with less overt political messages in the lyrics than usual. Overall I find that it has hopeful messages. The instrumentals are also very strong with particular kudos to Jenny Scheinman's violin contributions. This music won't blow you away but if you give it a few listens it should definitely grow on you and provide 'a small source of comfort.'


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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