Inner City Front [Bonus Tracks]

Inner City Front [Bonus Tracks]

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn


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Inner City Front continues the urban toughness that moved to the forefront on Bruce Cockburn's previous release, Humans. Furthermore, like that record, there's an uneasiness that runs throughout, from the jazz-tinged opener, "You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance," to the disquieting "Loner," which closes the album. Even a love song like "Wanna Go Walking," one of the most straightforward rockers he's ever recorded, reflects the weight of the outside world. Only the jazzy instrumental "Radio Shoes" and the joyful "And We Dance" remain free of this underlying tension. Musically, moody synths, violin, and woodwinds on Inner City Front underscore the dark, reflective nature of the material, which like its predecessor, deals with the "paradox and contrast" in the human condition, from personal relationships to world affairs. Also, for the second consecutive recording, Cockburn eschews the folkier, acoustic leanings of his '70s work and places both feet squarely into the jazz and worldbeat rock that dominated the majority of Humans. One track, "The Strong One," is even given a slow, brooding, techno treatment. Since the release of In the Falling Dark, Cockburn was gaining creative momentum with each release, and Inner City Front continues that trend. [This reissue adds two tracks, the "Coldest Night of the Year" and the "Light Goes on Forever."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638028827
catalogNumber: 288
Rank: 9311


  1. You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance [Tu Mises Ton Argent et Lai
  2. The Strong One
  3. All's Quiet on the Inner City Front [Tout Est Paisible Sur le Front du
  4. Radio Shoes
  5. Wanna Go Walking
  6. And We Dance
  7. Justice
  8. Broken Wheel
  9. Loner
  10. The Coldest Night of the Year
  11. The Light Goes on Forever

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Murray McLauchlan   Background Vocals
Hugh Marsh   Mandolin,Violin
Memo Acevedo   Percussion
Bob Disalle   Drums
Jon Goldsmith   Keyboards
M. Kaddafi   Background Vocals
Ruholla Khomeini   Percussion
Kathryn Moses   Reeds,Soprano Saxophone,Background Vocals
Dennis Pendrith   Bass
John T. Davis   Organ
John T. Davis   Organ
Murray McLaughlin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Producer
Gary Gray   Engineer
Gene Martynec   Producer
Nicholas Jennings   Liner Notes
Marcel Moussette   translation
Bart Schoales   Art Direction,Cover Photo

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