Gordon (Meredith) Lightfoot Noel Coppage - Essay

Noel Coppage

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Gordon Lightfoot takes a turn for the quiet in "Dream Street Rose," a subtle album that at first seems oddly impersonal coming from Lightfoot, a private man who, as private men sometimes do, tends to make his work intensely personal. And at first it seems regressive; the songs sound (superficially) like some he was writing ten years ago…. A casual first impression might be that it is some kind of retreat from the experimentation of ["Endless Wire"].

That impression would be wrong…. In fact, it represents a refinement of the lyrical aspect of his lyrics. The words of Sea of Tranquility, which at first seem so ignorably casual, gradually ingratiate themselves because they have an easy rhythm...

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