The Trouble with Normal [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Like his two previous efforts in the '80s, The Trouble With Normal places Bruce Cockburn yet another step further from his days as Canada's resident mystic folky. And while he had touched on similar musical themes on earlier recordings, the eclectic blend of folk, rock, and world music here is much more defined and realized. The use of synths, electric guitar, violin, and Chapman Stick, along with the occasional keyboard and drum sequences, complement the weighty, ominous nature of his lyrical concerns, which seem to paint a picture of a world, though teetering on the edge, still filled with beauty ("Hoop Dancer"), hope ("Put Our Hearts Together"), and contentment ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Like his two previous efforts in the '80s, The Trouble With Normal places Bruce Cockburn yet another step further from his days as Canada's resident mystic folky. And while he had touched on similar musical themes on earlier recordings, the eclectic blend of folk, rock, and world music here is much more defined and realized. The use of synths, electric guitar, violin, and Chapman Stick, along with the occasional keyboard and drum sequences, complement the weighty, ominous nature of his lyrical concerns, which seem to paint a picture of a world, though teetering on the edge, still filled with beauty ("Hoop Dancer"), hope ("Put Our Hearts Together"), and contentment ("Waiting for the Moon to Show"). Amidst the "chaos" and "fashionable fascism," Cockburn's message, though cloaked in frustration and cynicism, and not nearly as overt as it has been in the past, is still one of faith and love. There is the tendency to get heavy-handed at times, but still, The Trouble With Normal contains some of Cockburn's most beautifully imagistic writing to date and is another strong effort. The U.S. release contains an alternate, yet inferior take of the title track, which makes the Canadian (True North) version preferable. [This reissue includes two bonus tracks: "Cala Luna" and "I Wanna Dance With You."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: True North
  • UPC: 620638028926
  • Catalog Number: 289
  • Sales rank: 143,340

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Cockburn Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Hugh Marsh Mandolin, Violin
Bob Disalle Drums
Jon Goldsmith Keyboards
Dick Heckstall-Smith Percussion
Dennis Pendrith Bass, Stick
Colina Phillips Background Vocals
Sharon Williams Background Vocals
Shawne Jackson Background Vocals
Dick Smith Percussion
Sharon Lee Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gary Gray Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Gene Martynec Producer, Audio Production
Marcel Moussette translation
Peter J. Moore Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poetic and Politically Charged

    Bruce Cockburn The Trouble With Normal Bruce Cockburn’s 1983 offering shows the singer-songwriter at a lyrical peak, with politically charged, poetically lovely words that are unfortunately all too relevant in today’s increasingly repressive society. Cockburn thoughtfully turns his acid-etched pen on tyranny in the name of security, exploitation of the poor, hunger, alienation yet he also creates poetry of delicate imagery and aching beauty. Musically, except for the anthem-like title track, the band is tightly controlled, almost spare, and there are not as many of the musical hooks found in some of his other works. Intelligent, thought-provoking, and profound, “The Trouble With Normal” is an excellent offering by one of the most talented singer-songwriters of the past twenty-five years.

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