||13 cover-versions of Bruce Cockburn-songs, recorded
by Canadian bands and artists. Jane Siberry, Barenaked Ladies, Ken
Myr (Cowboy Junkies), Bob Wiseman (Blue Rodeo) and Cottage Industry
may be known to you. The first single, an acoustic version of "Lovers
in a dangerous time" climbed up to number 32 in the Canandian
charts within six weeks after the release.
Bruce Cockburn has a huge catalogue of beautiful, compelling songs
to his credit, and a wonderfully diverse group of Canadian bands
and artists honor him by exploring his exquisite writing on their
own turf (Music Express - 1/92). The selection of songs for "Kick
at the Darkness" is judicious and the versions are not just
straight and simple interpretations (Le Soliel - Jan. 4, 1992).
Martin Tielli and Jane Siberry's cover of "A Long Time Love
Song" includes contributions from a tuba, cello and violin.
Cottage Industry's version of "Rocket Launcher" relies
on some heavy electric guitar. And B-Funn's rendition of "Wondering
Where the Lions Are" featured funked-out soul with a horn section
and heavy synthesizer, is about as far from the original version
as one could imagine (The Weal - Jan. 9, 1992). Almost all the artists
add fascinating new dimensions to the songwriter's material (The
Record - Dec. 16, 1991).
Make no mistake - "Kick at the Darkness" is a gorgeous
record. A wide range of artists runs the gamut of musical tastes
to produce 13 tracks of wild, eclectic beauty. This is anything
but a money maker - and perhaps that's why it's so good (The Weal).