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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It feels weird to be writing that Bruce Cockburn has just issued his 27th album, but that's what You've Never Seen Everything is. It's been a quite a ride since 1970; the changes lyrically and musically have been enormous, and the world view of the artist -- politically, spiritually, and psychologically -- has evolved consciously and extensively. Of his many gifts, two of his most developed are his journalistic eye for detail, and having one ear always to the ground. This time out, the view is sharply contrasting from one song to the next. Politically, this is Cockburn's angriest record since World of Wonders or Stealing Fire. A listen to the hypnotic vibe of "All Our Dark Tomorrows," with its spooky, Malian/Ali Farka Toure guitar vibe, points directly at the root of all human evil: greed. "Trickle Down," an over-the-top jazz tune with Brazilian percussion and fine solos by Cockburn and pianist Andy Milne, reveals that by peeling away layer after layer, there are people who actually get paid to keep greed accumulating. But for Cockburn, righteous anger and indignant rage are never the whole picture. "Put It in Your Heart" is about the fierceness of love in the face of fear, both individual and collective, while "Don't Forget About Delight," with its floating violin Hugh Marsh and harmonica Gregoire Maret lines entwining across the plaintive mix, is an exhortation to keep seeing the beauty with the inner eye despite the outward conditions and single-mindedness in this pursuit. Sarah Harmer, Sam Phillips, Emmylou Harris, and Jackson Browne also help out on the vocal chores, and Cockburn borrowed Tom Waits' rhythm section of Larry Taylor and Stephen Hodges for balancing the wild musical ride this album is texturally and compositionally. The title track is among the most forward-thinking and sonically adventurous tracks he's ever recorded. Hand percussion and drum loops are interlaced with minimal piano and harmonica riffs shimmering on the fringes; the long, spoken maybe even preachy word travelog, full of horrific images and expressionistic electronica, gives way to a sung refrain that transcends the lyric but leaves the listener unsettled. "Postcards From Cambodia" is another one, full of detailed explications of conditions caused by other conditions that have come before, and on the refrain he concedes: "This is too big for anger, too big for blame/We stumble through history, so humanly lame/So I bow down my head and say a prayer for us all/That we don't fear the spirit when it comes to call." Ultimately, this is the hinge track on the album, because Cockburn, despite the barely concealed fury that is contained within him, sees only a spiritual -- and no, not necessarily "Christian" -- solution to all of it, from the injustices to the anger and hatred he feels in his own heart for the perpetrators. Cockburn seems to be saying -- and this is only this writer's interpretation of a very complex, wondrously intricate, and musically adventurous work -- not to hate those whose actions cause suffering, but to root out the hatred in our own hearts so as not to become them. Action must come from compassion, not merely from anger, or it becomes nothing more than a mirror image of the cause of suffering itself. It is pointless to place this record in a pecking order with Cockburn's other work; that it adds to that body of work immeasurably is compliment enough. However, to say that it is necessary because it can cause self- and world-examination in any listener who plays it through is as high a compliment as can be offered.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661322226
  • Catalog Number: 613222

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
Greg Calbi Mastering
Colin Linden Producer, Engineer
John Whynot Engineer
Michael Wrycraft Art Direction, Digital Illustration
A Man Called Wrycraft Art Direction, Digital Illustration
Frogs of Zambia Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You've Never Seen Everything

    “You’ve Never Seen Everything” is Bruce Cockburn’s first new studio collection since 1999 and the good news is that Canada’s most celebrated singer-songwriter’s new CD was worth the wait. The world has changed a good deal since the release of “Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner In Timbuktu,” and the darkness of the post 9/11-era serves as a musical and lyrical undercurrent across the disc. Whether showcasing his anger over injustice or sadness over well-chronicled world events, Cockburn surrounds himself with the right mix of musical players and arrangements to bring infinite richness to the songs. Cockburn’s 12-song collection richly fuses folk, rock, jazz, spoken word and world music with timely political-themed tales (“Trickle Down”) and introspective tales of survival (“Tried and Tested,” “Put It In Your Heart,” “All Our Dark Tomorrows.”). While guests such as Sam Phillips, Emmylou Harris and Jackson Browne add artful vocal textures, it is Cockburn’s distinctive and emotive vocals, virtuoso skills on guitar and stunning song craft that ultimately guide the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You've Never Seen Everything

    “You’ve Never Seen Everything” is Bruce Cockburn’s first new studio collection since 1999 and the good news is that Canada’s most celebrated singer-songwriter’s new CD was worth the wait. The world has changed a good deal since the release of “Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner In Timbuktu,” and the darkness of the post 9/11-era serves as a musical and lyrical undercurrent across the disc. Whether showcasing his anger over injustice or sadness over well-chronicled world events, Cockburn surrounds himself with the right mix of musical players and arrangements to bring infinite richness to the songs. Cockburn’s 12-song collection richly fuses folk, rock, jazz, spoken word and world music with timely political-themed tales (“Trickle Down”) and introspective tales of survival (“Tried and Tested,” “Put It In Your Heart,” “All Our Dark Tomorrows.”). While guests such as Sam Phillips, Emmylou Harris and Jackson Browne add artful vocal textures, it is Cockburn’s distinctive and emotive vocals, virtuoso skills on guitar and stunning song craft that ultimately guide the way.

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