CD reissue of this 1975 album from the legendary Canadian Folk/Rock singer/songwriter who has had numerous Billboard charting albums throughout his career, which began in the mid '60s. His most commercially successful period ran through the '70s, although he remains one of the most influential and admired songwriters of the Rock era. Wounded Bird.
Sonic diversity has never really been Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot's strong suit. With a nasally, albeit instantly identifiable voice, the veteran of Toronto's swinging Yorkville scene of the '60s has created a catalogue of almost interchangeable albums, all strong but none radically different from the other. 1975's Cold on the Shoulder
is essentially a replay of 1974's wildly successful Sundown
, but without crossover hits like "Carefree Highway," although the album does contain "Rainy Day People." Lenny Waronker's extravagant production remains, shading Lightfoot's bare-bones folk-pop with steel guitar, accordion, and strings, yet the lavish arrangements occasionally overwhelm Lightfoot's minimalist songwriting. Even more peculiar is that Lightfoot, a remarkable guitarist, doesn't pick up his axe on the album at all. Solid, but not one of Lightfoot's strongest. --Matt Galloway