The Charity of Night

The Charity of Night

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn


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At once a departure and a return, The Charity of Night represents a change from the folk rock stylings of his previous two albums, having more in common with earlier jazz-inflected works such as Night Vision. Shades of light and shadow play through the album's theme of reflection and memory: Cockburn recalls many events of his past, taking stock and coming to grips with them. It's a very cohesive album in subject, with only the anti-land mine "Mines of Mozambique" seeming out of place (though it's a worthwhile song on its own). The centerpiece of the album is the title song, a realization that facing the past can be more difficult when memories are exposed in the cold hard light of day, but the refuge and peace darkness can provide is "the charity of night." In fact, most of the album's events happen at night and this theme is echoed in the haunting booklet artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz, graphic novel illustrator for comics such as The Sandman. Musically the sound is very organic, with solid bass and drums provided by Rob Wasserman and Gary Craig. Guest Gary Burton provides shimmering vibraphone on three of the cuts, adding to the jazz texture. Other guests include Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, Jonatha Brooke, and Patty Larkin. The album culminates with "Strange Waters," a summation of Cockburn's life-long spiritual search, where he asks the question "if I loose my grip, will I take flight?" Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, this album is an essential part of the Cockburn catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2008
Label: Linus
UPC: 0620638015025
catalogNumber: 150
Rank: 54641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Patty Larkin   Background Vocals,Harmony
Bonnie Raitt   Slide Guitar
Bob Weir   Harmony
Rob Wasserman   Bass
Maria Muldaur   Harmony
Ani DiFranco   Background Vocals
Jonatha Brooke   Background Vocals,Harmony
Gary Craig   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Colin Linden   Mandolin
Joe Macerollo   Accordion
Janice Powers   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Composer,Producer
Jonatha Brooke   Arranger
Colin Linden   Producer,Engineer
John Whynot   Engineer
William Sienkiewicz   Illustrations

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