The Trouble with Normal [Bonus Tracks]

The Trouble with Normal [Bonus Tracks]

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn


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Like his two previous efforts in the '80s, The Trouble With Normal places Bruce Cockburn yet another step further from his days as Canada's resident mystic folky. And while he had touched on similar musical themes on earlier recordings, the eclectic blend of folk, rock, and world music here is much more defined and realized. The use of synths, electric guitar, violin, and Chapman Stick, along with the occasional keyboard and drum sequences, complement the weighty, ominous nature of his lyrical concerns, which seem to paint a picture of a world, though teetering on the edge, still filled with beauty ("Hoop Dancer"), hope ("Put Our Hearts Together"), and contentment ("Waiting for the Moon to Show"). Amidst the "chaos" and "fashionable fascism," Cockburn's message, though cloaked in frustration and cynicism, and not nearly as overt as it has been in the past, is still one of faith and love. There is the tendency to get heavy-handed at times, but still, The Trouble With Normal contains some of Cockburn's most beautifully imagistic writing to date and is another strong effort. The U.S. release contains an alternate, yet inferior take of the title track, which makes the Canadian (True North) version preferable. [This reissue includes two bonus tracks: "Cala Luna" and "I Wanna Dance With You."]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638028926
catalogNumber: 289
Rank: 9341


  1. The Trouble With Normal
  2. Candy Man's Gone
  3. Hoop Dancer
  4. Waiting for the Moon
  5. Tropic Moon
  6. Going Up Against Chaos
  7. Put Our Heart's Together
  8. Civilization and Its Discontents
  9. Planet of the Clowns
  10. Cala Luna
  11. I Wanna Dance With You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Hugh Marsh   Mandolin,Violin
Bob Disalle   Drums
Jon Goldsmith   Keyboards
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Percussion
Dennis Pendrith   Bass,Stick
Colina Phillips   Background Vocals
Sharon Williams   Background Vocals
Shawne Jackson   Background Vocals
Dick Smith   Percussion
Sharon Lee Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary Gray   Engineer
Gene Martynec   Producer,Audio Production
Marcel Moussette   translation

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