World of Wonders

World of Wonders

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn

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Overview

It's doubtful that there are many major-label performers who share Bruce Cockburn's knowledge of global politics and events, and few, if any, have the ability and/or conviction to convey it so eloquently over the majority of an album. The aptly titled World of Wonders, his 14th studio release, does just that, expanding the worldview of its predecessor Stealing Fire. Whereas that record's best moments centered around his time in Central America, World of Wonders takes you across the globe, through Berlin, Chile, parts of the Caribbean, and North America. Along the way, Cockburn, who has always been intrigued by life's contradictions, is both "dazzled... at this world of wonders" and troubled, ."..when life isn't so sweet." Musically and lyrically, though, he's always been known for his serious bent; Cockburn can be as warm and inviting as he can be haunting or ominous. But while there are moments that will appeal to even the unconverted, there are times when the casual listener may feel a bit overwhelmed by his intense poetry or put off by the overt political leanings of much of the album. Still, how many artists could write a song decrying the evils of the International Monetary Fund ("Call It Democracy"), complete with expletive, and make it spirited enough to be released as a single, or pen a love song ("See How I Miss You") that contains references to "secret police" and reading a "psychopath's" magazine? Bruce Cockburn is a complex artist writing about complex times, and World of Wonders does a good job of capturing that.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638006627
catalogNumber: 66
Rank: 68111

Tracks

  1. Call It Democracy
  2. Lily Of The Midnight Sky
  3. World Of Wonders
  4. Berlin Tonight
  5. People See Through You
  6. See How I Miss You
  7. Santiago Dawn
  8. Dancing In Paradise
  9. Down Here Tonight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Guitar,Vocals,Charango
Hugh Marsh   Violin
Kerry Crawford   Background Vocals
Jon Goldsmith   Keyboards
Shaun Jackson   Background Vocals
Fergus Marsh   Bass,Stick
Colina Phillips   Background Vocals
Chi Sharp   Percussion
Michael Sloski   Drums
Sharon Williams   Background Vocals
Judy Cade   Background Vocals
Michael White   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Conch
Sharon Lee Williams   Background Vocals
Shawn Jackson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kerry Crawford   Producer
Jon Goldsmith   Producer
John Naslen   Engineer
Bart Schoales   Art Direction

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