Bruce Cockburn is a singer-songwriter of extraordinary perception and wit. On Comfort,
his faculties come into laserlike focus on "Call Me Rose," a jaunty
tune about a single mom in the projects who claims to be Richard Nixon
reincarnated: "I'm back here learning what it is to be poor / To have no
power but the strength to endure." Cockburn also offers a moving
requiem in "Each One Lost," inspired by two Canadian soldiers killed in
the Middle East. And he can weave quite a spell on guitar, as on the
droning "Bohemian 3-Step."