Dart to the Heart

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: True North
  • UPC: 620638008225
  • Catalog Number: 82
  • Sales rank: 129,741

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Cockburn Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Greg Calbi Mastering
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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