More than 20 years ago, when he already had a decade's worth of albums under his belt, Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn was advertised to American consumers as "Canada's best-kept secret." St

More than 20 years ago, when he already had a decade's worth of albums under his belt, Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn was advertised to American consumers as "Canada's best-kept secret." Still a relative unknown south of the border, Cockburn's new singles collection should help secure his deserved spot in the domestic pop landscape. This digitally remastered set kicks off with the new single "My Beat" (featuring Patty Griffin on backing vocals), a haunting bike ride through the Ottawa native's new hometown of Montreal. Also new is the disc's closing title track, a country love ballad with background voicings by the Fairfield Four. What lies between traces a creatively fertile period in Cockburn's career, encompassing the top 25 U.S. hit, "Wondering Where the Lions Are," the political "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," and "Last Night of the World." The latter perfectly captures Cockburn's singular musical sensibility, combining the spiritual and worldly, the outward and inward. The entire set is tastefully arranged and produced.—JB