In Brief

*** Bruce Cockburn, "Dart to the Heart," Columbia. Like Jackson Browne, Cockburn has lately set aside global for personal politics. Unlike Browne, he hasn't found the home front quite so chilly. This album is tenderly hopeful in heart and slightly feisty in folk-rock spirit--so that even as it segues from love to death, the capping "Tie Me at the Crossroads" is the most enjoyably jaunty sort of self-eulogizing wake.

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