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Big Circumstance (Deluxe Edition)

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If A Tree Falls
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Shipwrecked At The Stable Door
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Gospel Of Bondage
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Don't Feel Your Touch
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Tibetan Side Of Town
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Understanding Nothing
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Where The Death Squad Lives
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Radium Rain
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Pangs Of Love
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The Gift
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Anything Can Happen
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If A Tree Falls
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 66:53

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songs not an album - yes, but

jimheald

You need to add Don't Feel Your Touch, Understanding Nothing, Tibetan Side of Town, Pangs of Love, and even Where the Death Squad Lives to the list. Even Gospel of Bondage is worth a listen for its uncanny foreshadowing of the GW Bush administration. So, I've got it up to 8 of the original 11 songs as classic Bruce. Not bad for any album

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Songs not an ablum

marpeck

The Gift and If a Tree Falls are great songs but as a whole this ablum is much more random than Cockburn's work. The AMG review gets a few things wrong. Calling World of Wonders overblown is simply calling Bruce's style of the time overblown. That band grew over several albums and was always as much about the live performance as anything. Those shows were an eclectic mix of great musicians playing instruments that rarely went together. It's no coincidence that Bruce would soon be touring solo after this album. It's not until recently that he has again created a decent touring band. And live shows now are much further from the albums that accompany them. Also there was some joker doing really bad ablum art in Canada at this time look at other albums (The Box's third album was a particularly heinous example) that were released at this time and they all look the same. Not low budget ... just bad.

They Say All Music Guide

This was Cockburn’s first release of new material in three years. It was a move away from the somewhat dated, overblown sound of his previous World of Wonders, toward a leaner, more guitar-dominated sound. Budgeting for album art seemed to be a little low, but luckily the collection of songs was of consistent high quality. As with most Cockburn albums, this is a mix of socially conscious, spiritual, and reflective songs. Cockburn had spent time in Nepal in 1987 and what he saw there found its way into some songs, including “Tibetan Side of Town” and “Understanding Nothing.” Time spent in Germany soon after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union inspired “Radium Rain,” while deforestation of the globe inspired “If a Tree Falls,” the first single from the album. Cockburn is equally at home writing about matters of the heart, though his lyrics take a much more unconventional turn in “Don’t Feel Your Touch,” with lines such as “the night grows sharp and hollow as a junkie’s craving vein” and “the night grows clear and empty as a lake of acid rain.” Elsewhere on the album, in “Gospel of Bondage” he takes pains to differentiate himself from right-wing Christianity and express his different view of the faith. Unusually for Cockburn, he ends the album on a slightly humorous (albeit dark humor) note with “Anything Can Happen,” a look at the temporariness of life, where “anything can happen” at any time “to put out the light.” – Rob Caldwell

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