A little darker this time out (hence the title), Bruce Cockburn's fourth album find even greater rewards. Backed by a complete band, many of the songs hold up better through time. Sure, there's still the light-hearted folksy bits like "The Blues Got the World...," but there's also a gutsier sound exemplified in "You Don't Have to Play the Horses" and even a trick out of the Tom Waits song-style on "Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long." No matter what type of music you're looking for, there's something here that will tickle your fancy.
AllMusic Review by James Chrispell