Bruce Cockburn - Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws (1979)
Another of those rare beasts round these parts - an album with actual songs, vocals, lyrics and everything. And one of my favourites of all time. Bruce Cockburn in 1979 was just getting started on his social-conscience era, whilst toning down the religious elements compared to previous albums, and was playing better fingerpicked-acoustic guitar than ever. The result was this album - a possible career-best. Folky, jazzy, just a smidgeon of the reggae obsession to come in the form of a bouncy breakthrough hit - this is pretty much perfection. Wanted to see out the year on a reasonably positive, hopeful note - reckon this fits the bill.