You've Never Seen Everything

You've Never Seen Everything

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn


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It's been four years since Bruce Cockburn last released a collection of new tunes -- a period so packed with shattering and significant events that one would expect the relentlessly topical Canadian to come out with both barrels blazing. However, while You've Never Seen Everything certainly doesn't gloss over Cockburn's angst over the state of things, it's a surprisingly gentle disc, one that's more suited to solitary musing than marching, charging feet. The title track, which seethes with bystander's helplessness, offers a litany of small tragedies that might otherwise be overlooked. Not that Cockburn is forgetting about the larger picture: The brooding "All Our Dark Tomorrows" makes that clear from its opening stanza, which sneers at a scene in which "the village idiot takes the throne." Similarly, "Trickle Down" skewers CEO culture and its "peckerhead greed" with jagged swipes of voice and guitar. He's equally compelling, however, when he pries his eyes from the headlines to focus on the little things in everyday life. "Don't Forget About Delight," a wisp of a tune, puts a clever spin on the "stop and smell the roses" adage and escapes cliché thanks to Cockburn's playfully literate staging. Guests such as Sam Phillips (who adds a lilting vocal counterpoint to the gruff "Tried and Tested"), Sarah Harmer, and Emmylou Harris balance Cockburn's cloudiness with just the right touch of silver lining.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0711297465723
catalogNumber: 849164
Rank: 196544

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Voices,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Jackson Browne   Harmony
Hugh Marsh   Violin,Keyboards
Larry Taylor   Upright Bass
Ben Riley   Drums
Greg Calbi   Percussion
Gary Craig   Percussion,Drums
John Dymond   Bass
Stephen Hodges   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Colin Linden   Bass,Mandolin
Andy Milne   Piano
Jonell Mosser   Vocal Harmony
Sam Phillips   Vocal Harmony
John Whynot   Human Whistle
Richard Brown   Bass
Sarah Harmer   Harmony
Steve Lucas   Bass
Maury LaFoy   Vocal Harmony
Graham Powell   Vocal Harmony
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Producer
Hugh Marsh   Loop
Colin Linden   Producer,Engineer
John Whynot   Engineer
Michael Wrycraft   Art Direction,Digital Illustration
Man Called Wrycraft   Art Direction,Digital Illustration
Frogs of Zambia   Contributor

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