Dart to the Heart

Dart to the Heart

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn


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Even more than its predecessor, the aptly titled Dart to the Heart eschews the heavier, more political tendencies that had become synonymous with Bruce Cockburn's music for more than a decade, returning to a more personal, introspective side. The opening track, "Listen for the Laugh," a horn-driven rocker that wouldn't have been out of place on many of his recordings during the '80s, and the almost joyful finality of "Tie Me at the Crossroads," bookend what is primarily more subdued material, including the tender second track, "All the Ways I Want You," which more suitably sets the tone for the album. And though it may not possess the intensity or power of his early-'80s output, Dart to the Heart comes with nearly a quarter century of experience behind it, bringing an insight, depth, and maturity to Cockburn's ventures into love and the mystic. Still, there's just enough outrage and frustration to keep things interesting. Musically, T-Bone Burnett's sympathetic production tastefully and engagingly frames the songs, placing Cockburn's vocal and characteristically superb guitar at center stage. Those who may have found his overtly political, worldbeat and jazz-inflected rock a bit strident in the past should find his approach here more inviting. And while he may have revisited this familiar ground from time to time throughout his career, Dart to the Heart is a convincing reminder of a gentler, more reflective Bruce Cockburn.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638008225
catalogNumber: 82
Rank: 74645

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Charango
Richard Bell   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Benmont Tench   Organ
Stephen Bruton   Vocals
Turner Stephen Bruton   Vocals
T Bone Burnett   Organ,Drums,Vocals
Mickey Curry   Drums,Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Christiaan Mostert   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Parker   Percussion,Drums
Sam Phillips   Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Vocals
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Greg Smith   Baritone Saxophone
Sam Phillips   Vocals
Christopher Parker   Percussion,Drums
Chris Laidlaw   Vocals

Technical Credits

T Bone Burnett   Producer
Darrell Leonard   Horn Arrangements
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Noel Hazen   Engineer
Sara Rotman   Art Direction
Joe Schipp   Engineer

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