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Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu
     

Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu

by Bruce Cockburn
 

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Weaving in and out of cultures and musical threads, Bruce Cockburn offers a flowing and multicolored tapestry of song ideas on this sprawling album. Moving among images of time passing in "Use Me If You Can" to a vision of time stopping in "Last Night of the World," BREAKFAST IN NEW ORLEANS captures the rush of a newly global community. There is the lush and lusty

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Weaving in and out of cultures and musical threads, Bruce Cockburn offers a flowing and multicolored tapestry of song ideas on this sprawling album. Moving among images of time passing in "Use Me If You Can" to a vision of time stopping in "Last Night of the World," BREAKFAST IN NEW ORLEANS captures the rush of a newly global community. There is the lush and lusty tropical afternoon of "Mango," deftly illuminated by the notes of Daniel Janke's African kora and Cowboy Junkie Margo Timmins's vocal's. Cockburn offers a pointed political commentary in "Let the Bad Air Out," and creates a film noir scene with "Embers of Eden," where Jonell Mosser adds harmonies. In a soulful reworking of a familiar classic, Cockburn and Timmins combine their voices for a passionate venture to "Blueberry Hill," and the instrumentals "Down in the Delta" and "Deep Lake" resonate with energy and creativity. From the heat of New Orleans to the shifting mirages of the desert, Cockburn's eating tour is a journey worth taking.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Martin Monkman
Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu is Bruce Cockburn's 20th studio album. Lyrically, Cockburn doesn't stray from the impressionist poetic lyrics that he's honed over the years, nor does he stray from his favored topics: travelogs, including those drawn from his trips to Third World nations that emphasize his social concerns; reflections on the dynamics of relationships between men and women; and a spiritual mysticism rooted in Christianity. Musically, too, there's a consistency to his folk-jazz-rock amalgam. The album features the vocal contributions of a rotating cast of three women who appear throughout the album. Jonell Mosser sings on two songs, including the single "Last Night of the World." Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies lends her breathy pipes to two songs: the sultry "Mango" and a cover of the Fats Domino nugget "Blueberry Hill" that turns up the "rock" and de-emphasizes the "roll." Most important, Lucinda Williams appears on four tracks. The standout track on the album is "Isn't That What Friends Are For." This tender song of friendship is made more poignant by Williams' voice, which always manages to convey a deep sense of hurt. While the lyrics are sure to be enjoyed by those who are willing to listen and think, fans of Cockburn's guitar playing won't be disappointed, either. There are two instrumental pieces, both band efforts, which feature Cockburn's acoustic guitar. "Down to the Delta" is an up-tempo tune, while "Deep Lake" is a quiet, more reflective piece that is close to the impressionistic style of Michael Hedges -- except, of course, that Cockburn has been playing this sort of thing since 1971's High Winds White Sky.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2008
Label:
Linus
UPC:
0620638018323
catalogNumber:
183
Rank:
78320

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Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Resonator
Lucinda Williams   Harmony
Ben Riley   Cymbals,Drums
Richard Bell   Organ
Gary Craig   Drums
Stephen Donald   Trombone
John Dymond   Bass
George Koller   Bass,Dilruba
Rick Lazar   Percussion
Colin Linden   Electric Guitar
Jonell Mosser   Harmony
Margo Timmins   Vocals,Harmony
Sally Sweetland   Hand Clapping
Janice Powers   Keyboards
Steve Lucas   Bass
Daniel Janke   Kora
Carlos Del Junco   Harmonica,Harmony
Lucina Williams   Harmony

Technical Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Composer,Producer
Lewis   Composer
Colin Linden   Producer,Engineer
Mike Poole   Engineer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Margo Timmins   Duet
John Whynot   Engineer
Man Called Wrycraft   Art Direction,Layout

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