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Small Source of Comfort

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With a career that has spanned four decades producing an acclaimed body
of work that has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, Bruce Cockburn
continues to be revered by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the
most important songwriters of his generation.
Small Source of Comfort is Cockburn s fi rst studio album in six years - a
rhythmic and highly evocative collection of 14 new tracks inspired by
his renowned unusual and diverse muse - recent trips to Afghanistan
and ponderings on the re-incarnation of Richard Nixon, to road trips and
unreturned phone calls. The album boasts some of the best musicians
recording today, including violinist Jenny Scheinman, former Wailin Jenny
Annabelle Chvostek, and long time collaborators Gary Craig, Jon Dymond
and producer Colin Linden.
As both a songwriter and a guitarist, Bruce Cockburn is considered among
the world s best. The New York Times called him a virtuoso on guitar,
while Acoustic Guitar magazine placed him in the esteemed company of
Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell and Django Reinhardt.
Cockburn s songs have been covered by such diverse and talented artists
as Elbow, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, Anne Murray, Chet Atkins, k.d. lang,
Barenaked Ladies, and the Grateful Dead s Jerry Garcia.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TRUE NORTH
  • ASIN: B004JO1ZFM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By hihowrya on March 20, 2011
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this troubadour and activist, a musician's musician, a songwriter's songwriter, a committed humanitarian who sings his heart and soul in his life's work to touch us and make a difference. Cockburn has the ability to make us listen not only to the music but to the poetry, his lyricism at work to reach out. Consider, for instance, "Each One Lost" and the inspiration behind it:

"Each One Lost (Camden East 13/09/09) - "On the way into Kandahar Airfield from Ottawa, our little group spend a few hours at Camp Mirage, a Canadian staging base in the Middle East. As we were about to board our next plane, we found ourselves part of a Ramp Ceremony, honouring the remains of two young Canadian Forces members who had been killed that day and were being sent home. One of the saddest and most moving scenes I've ever been privileged to witness...this song is dedicated to the memory of Major Yannick Pépin and Corporal Jean-Francois Drouin." ([...])

Bruce Cockburn is a remarkable soul who puts his heart into his artistry. I deeply appreciate the artist and the man.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bornintime VINE VOICE on March 11, 2011
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Bruce has been in a slump for a while, both in quality and quantity of new music. Of course we have been spoiled for a long time. The first 20 years of Bruce's career he released 15 studio albums and in my opinion every one of them was pretty great. Over the past 12 years before this new release Bruce put out just 2 new studio cd's; I thought they were the 2 worst albums of all his work (although I liked a few songs off of You've Never Seen Everything).

So I had some trepidation when I listened to Small Source Of Comfort for the first time. I was happy to hear that Bruce is back creating some of the great music that we have come to expect over the last 4 decades. Bruce opens up with the catchiest tune on the cd "Iris Of The World" - an infectious song that has some great Bruce wordplay. It is a unique Bruce travelogue, a modern day "How I Spent My Fall Vacation".

Next is "Call Me Rose", the single from SSOC. The song, if you can believe it, is written from the viewpoint of Richard Nixon who has been reincarnated in the body of a single mother living in the projects. From the description I pictured a novelty track that I would probably listen to a few times and have no desire to put on again. I find myself really liking this song. Bruce captures a feeling of resignation and perhaps even a chance at redemption (maybe Richard Nixon wishes this song was true). That's the other thing I like about this cd. Bruce seemingly has laid aside the anger that in my opinion marred some of the songs on the last 2 cd's. Not to say he doesn't address some issues here; It is not an album that ignores the state of the world. He just seems to be a little bit more at peace with himself.

I won't go into each track but the overall feel of the album is acoustic, yet often rhythmic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Neuman Lee on March 23, 2011
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Every time I get a Bruce Cockburn album I'm initially disappointed. It's not as good as the last. Yeah, there will be a gem or two which stand out, but the rest doesn't quite hit. But I've learned to keep listening.

On Small Source of Comfort the first two tunes are pretty catchy, Call me Rose stuck in my head for a couple of days. But I am very attracted to Boundless and Each One Lost. Again Cockburn does things different, not doing it the same as previous albums. And yet there is a depth and honesty which continue through everything he does. He cares about his music, cares about what he is saying, and works to get the music/message/art out there. He actually does have a lot to say.

During the W years, he put out an album called "Speechless". It was all instrumental. He's good that that, sometimes amazing. But the title made sense to me, in the face of needless war and a world going into an environmental spiral down, what else was there to say? Well he did follow that up with "Life Short, Call Now," an album held together by a trumpet and the sense that while this life is full of murderous hypocrisy, there still remains a mystery that gives hope.

Then, with Small Source, the album feels like it is sort of the rubble at the end of a career. Beautiful rubble, but still, threads of ideas from a whole variety of sources. They don't seem to connect to each other, as beautiful and mature as each one might be alone. The last song does tie it together. It's an old song that I hear he would hold for his last album. I hope not.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Vinyl on May 20, 2011
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I turned on to Bruce during high school in 1978. The Further Adventures Of, Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw and Humans were my introduction. I still believe that those three albums are his peak and only get better with age. The arc that started with Sunwheel Dance through Big Circumstance are simply an awesome collection music let alone that of one artist.

Let's cut Bruce some slack. He's been making difficult music for forty plus years. I would never assume that he even considers pleasing everyone nor cares. Every single album of his career (and I do own all of the U.S. & Canadian releases since his debut) has its individual charms.

Back to Small Source of Comfort. No, it does not stand up to those amazing 70's & 80's releases. While that may be true, I enjoy this entire album. The one universal thing that stands out is that is really has elements of all phases of his career. Acoustic instrumentals, cynical humor, political jabs, human reality.

At 66 Bruce may also be contemplating stopping the craziness and walking away. Not that I'm wishing this in any way but if Small Source of Comfort was Bruce's last release, it would be a great final statement of a significant career.
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