I should start by saying that I've been a fan of Cockburn's for about 25 years - and remember listening to him and just "not getting it" at the beginning. A trusted friend was a big fan, and I could only think that if he liked Cockburn's music there had to be something in it. So if you haven't listened to Cockburn before, don't expect to enjoy it the first time you hear it. It is not easy pop, single layered music.
This album is the latest in a line of over 30 albums from a man who is now well into his mid 60s. I listened to it about 5 times before deciding that I loved it. 10 more listens and I will go as far as to say that it is definitely one of his best, in a long line of excellent albums.
The style is guitar led, melodic thoughtful and sometimes ironically funny songs. The genres are various - bluesy, rootsy, jazzy, even a little gentle rocky..... it is a pot pourri of styles, but all delivered with his characteristic excellent guitar playing. This album has more instrumentals on it than any of his previous ones, but still has some rich poetry set to music. Which other artist would start a song with "The dichotomy of being a sentient being" ?? The layers of words and music, voice and guitar, mood and wit all create a rich tapestry which merits listen after listn.
This album will be a grower, and I've got the feeling that it will be the soundtrack to 2011 for me.