Showing a decidedly English traditional feel in spots, Sunwheel Dance is a suprise for those who were looking for more of the same. It takes on different textures and hues depending on the song playing, from simple folk ("Feet Fall on the Road"), jazz-influenced instrumentals ("Sunwheel Dance") to a country-folk blues in "Dialogue with the Devil." Cockburn has begun to show that he couldn't be categorized, and while that made listening to his music so enjoyable, he had a hard time at the retail level. But if you're willing to take a little time and listen with an open ear, you'll find much here to celebrate.
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AllMusic Review by James Chrispell