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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy has some fun
The legendary curmudgeon is laughing on the first track "Whats Wrong With This Picture" and sounds as though he is having fun throughout this album.
The standout tracks are "Saint James Infirmary" which he has been covering live for some time and "Little Village".
The collaboration with Aker Bilk on "Somerset" really works, and makes you long for summer...
Published on 10 Nov. 2003 by Patrick Kelly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a Change
OK I think I get the message; Van Morrison doesn't enjoy the attention that comes with being famous. But there's something positively surreal about making a career out of singing songs about it, and alas this album joins the growing number of Van's recent recordings that do tend to harp on about this problem a little too much for their own good; what limited artistic...
Published on 4 Nov. 2003 by wabrit


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy has some fun, 10 Nov. 2003
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Patrick Kelly "astralweex" (Belfast) - See all my reviews
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The legendary curmudgeon is laughing on the first track "Whats Wrong With This Picture" and sounds as though he is having fun throughout this album.
The standout tracks are "Saint James Infirmary" which he has been covering live for some time and "Little Village".
The collaboration with Aker Bilk on "Somerset" really works, and makes you long for summer afternoons, a pint of cider and a ploughmans lunch.
Upbeat numbers "Whinin Boy Moan" and "Stop Drinking" are well placed on the album to pick up the pace after slower introspective numbers.
I think Van describes this album best himself in the lyric "jazz blues and funk with beat and a little bit of soul."
Unfortunate therefore that he goes off on his now customary rant about the media on "Goldfish Bowl" and "Fame". This theme has been done to death and has become tiresome for even diehard fans like myself.
However there are more than enough gems on this album to make it well worth the money.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time for a Change, 4 Nov. 2003
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wabrit (Derbyshire) - See all my reviews
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OK I think I get the message; Van Morrison doesn't enjoy the attention that comes with being famous. But there's something positively surreal about making a career out of singing songs about it, and alas this album joins the growing number of Van's recent recordings that do tend to harp on about this problem a little too much for their own good; what limited artistic mileage to be got out of this subject was exhausted quite a few albums back.
That said, Van's voice sounds great and a couple of the tracks (St. James Infirmary, Little Village) are worth the price of admission alone. But overall the arrangements seem a little pedestrian and one longs for something more imaginative - the last time Mr. Morrison did anything transcendant was "Ancient Highway" on the "Days Like This" album; lets hope the next one has something to match that.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Blue Note Start, 25 Nov. 2003
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Rich (Bedfordshire) - See all my reviews
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A cracking album - very mellow and pleasent listening and an impressive first outing under the Blue Note label. Definitely one of his best albums from the recent era.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van's best CD for a some time, 27 Oct. 2003
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This is a good old mix of Jazz and Soul and Rock n Roll and there are not many people who do this better than Van. If you're looking for something inspirational or moving than you have to go back to Avalon Sunset and the like, becasue you wont find it on this CD.. what you will find though is some excellent musicianship and an album that you can listen to again and again ... great stuff.. his best for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong With This Picture, Van Morrison - The last (to date!) great Van Morrison album, 23 Mar. 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Over the years, music legend Van Morrison has put out some absolutely classic albums, but in more recent times his output has been a little patchy. Personally I think that this album stands as his high point since the turn of the century. Certainly none of the albums released to date are in the same class.

Recorded on legendary jazz label Blue Note, and with contributions from Acker Bilk on clarinet, this is the usual sort of collection from Van. There are the usual songs of regret and coping with life, with the obligatory attack on the music industry. There is a mixture of up and slow tempos, catchy rhythms and hooks and meaningful lyrics. The music is Van's patented style, but with a tinge of 50s British jazz to it (courtesy no doubt of Mr. Bilk and Blue Note), and Van's vocals are still the best in the business for that bluesy/soulful style.

This is one of my favourite Van Morrison albums, especially for his take on the Acker Bilk classic `Somerset', to which Van adds a great lyric and vocal. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture?Absolutely nothing!, 26 Oct. 2003
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I. R. Jesson (Northampton, Northants United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Another year,another Van Morrison album.More of the same which has to be good news to his followers.A blend of jazz and R and B with some delicate love songs.His voice sounds as good as ever with some excellent support from his band.Initially 'Somerset' is the standout track but I have the feeling there are a few growers in there as well.There are the customary covers-Stop Drinking and Saint James Infirmary-the former an upbeat version which shatters the preceding docility of the first 6 tracks.He really sounds as if he's relishing every moment on this recording.
He's again keen to convey that fame and fortune are not what we mere mortals perceive it to be on tracks such as 'Too Many Myths' and 'Fame'.I think his track record is nothing short of remarkable and this particular album is up there with the best of them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison is at his Best, 13 Nov. 2003
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Alfie Burns (San Diego, CA - USA) - See all my reviews
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'Pictures' CD is truly one of VanMorrison's Best... his voice is strong and totally VAN... the theme song, 'What's Wrong with this Picture' has metophores that VM is known for in his music. 'Once in a Blue Moon' was written about anyone who has known True Love, and 'Get on with the Show' is the message Van Morrison has been giving for years .... ENJOY.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong With This Album?, 16 Nov. 2004
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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Van Morrison's first for the prestigious Blue Note label has him on good vocal form and clearly enjoying performing, despite the vitriolic nature of a few of the lyrics, and there is an enjoyable variety of styles throughout, with plenty of room for the excellent team of musicians to breathe and play.
Van himself contributes alto sax on three of the tracks and acoustic guitar on several others. Acker Bilk brings some beautiful clarinet to Somerset, a tune he wrote with David Collett; and Pirates guitarist Mick Green turns up on Lightnin' Hopkins' Stop Drinking (with some additional lyrics from Van) and on the closing track, Get On With The Show.
The only other cover on the album is Saint James Infirmary, a much recorded standard that dates back to Louis Armstrong, of which Van Morrison's version makes a worthwhile addition (for a very different interpretation, try Snakefarm's 1998 version on Songs For My Funeral). I wonder if he had in mind the sixties version by the Graham Bond Organisation?
Most of the album was made at Bath's Wool Hall, with the odd excursion to Kilmurray House and Westland Studios, Dublin, and is all beautifully recorded
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4.0 out of 5 stars morrison nearing his best, 29 Jan. 2014
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sounding as though he is really enjoying doing this disc paying homage to his influences , which is a nice change from some recent recordings . The music as expected is a blend of traditional jazz and blues , no real stand out tracks just thirteen really good solid , warm affectionate records sounding as though it was a labour of love to do . The only down side is the artwork and booklet , little info' and not one picture but a great album for casual fans as well as the devote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whats wrong with this picture, 17 Feb. 2014
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Mr. Sj Smith (Leicester UK) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant cd from Van Morrison. Style is jazz / blues which is where he excels. Chilled music and some angry lyrics.
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