The Trouble with Normal (album)

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The Trouble with Normal
The Trouble with Normal (Bruce Cockburn album) front cover.jpeg
Studio album by Bruce Cockburn
Released 1983
Recorded September 1982 – January 1983
Genre Pop rock
Length 42:22
Label True North
Producer Gene Martynec
Bruce Cockburn chronology
Inner City Front
The Trouble with Normal
Stealing Fire
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Trouble with Normal is a 1983 studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The album contains nine songs (eleven in the 2002 remastered release). It marks a continuing shift from Cockburn's early folk-influenced and "mystic" acoustic works, featuring electric guitar and synthesizers, but the lyrical themes build on earlier albums. As writes, the album "contains some of Cockburn's most beautifully imagistic writing to date".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bruce Cockburn.

No. Title Length
1. "The Trouble with Normal" 3:35
2. "Candy Man's Gone" 4:00
3. "Hoop Dancer" 7:48
4. "Waiting for the Moon" 4:22
5. "Tropic Moon" 4:38
6. "Going up Against Chaos" 5:31
7. "Put Our Hearts Together" 4:25
8. "Civilization and Its Discontents" 4:16
9. "Planet of the Clowns" 3:47

True North released a remastered deluxe version on November 19, 2002 which includes two extra tracks recorded during the same sessions.[3][4]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Trouble with Normal review,
  3. ^ "The Trouble With Normal - Deluxe Edition". Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Trouble With Normal Albums (1983) and (2002)". Retrieved May 16, 2013.