Trevor | Vancouver, BC | 12/18/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"not one of Bruce's better albums (at least of the nine that I've heard). It's still got some very good songs; "Radio Shoes" is a great, jazzy, sleek instrumental, while "All's Quiet on the Inner City Front" contains some of his trademark spoken descriptions of life in other parts of the world, but a few too many are drowning in that late 70s-early 80s synth-heavy, anemic drum production, especially "The Strong One", and the slightly overproduced (but still good) "Pay Your Money and Take Your Chance", which is much better on the homonymous 1998 live EP. Same goes for "Broken Wheel" on the 1990 Live CD. Good, but Bruce has done better. I get the feeling he was being pressured at the time to "go with the sound of the times", maybe a bit against his own will."
Another gem from a true artist and humanitarian
sam sochet | New York | 06/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Inner City Front was the album that introduced me to the great talent of Bruce Cockburn. The title track is a unique blend of mystical guitars and keyboards. The lyrics are tinged with a feeling of angst,but not hopelessness. But the real gem of this CD is the final cut, LONER. I guarentee that you will never feel quite the same about yourself after listening to this incredible song. Even an outgoing Type A person with a million friends has to go through this every once in a while. If you live in a state with cold weather, it's best during the winter. Listen."
Brilliant, intelligent artist and music!
Mando@concentric.net | USA | 05/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bruce "the Moose" Cockburn is a thinking man or woman's musician. He is thoughtful, poetic, spiritual, and sensitive and his music is fun. Too bad this LP (and artist) is a secret to many. He is one of the top Canadian artists and has won their Juno award (their Grammy) and on this album he displays his sense for reality. Real life with its pains and pleasure. This guy is a genius. A great album, one of his best."