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Graceful and spiritual,
This review is from: Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart (Audio CD)
This brooding masterpiece has been re-released with two extra tracks. Van Morrison's softer & folkier side is revealed here; his R&B excursions are nowhere to be found. The lovely ballad Higher Than The World opens this album of mellow music and high spirituality and is followed by the beautiful instrumental Connswater & River Of Time which sort of drifts along.
Celtic Swing is compelling, another splendid instrumental with a foot tapping rhythm and evocative wind instruments. Rave On, John Donne is a tour de force in which Morrison mentions a long list of visionary artists of the last two centuries, a very powerful song in which I suppose he lists those writers with whom he feels a certain spiritual affinity. He even mentions the Rosy Cross, Theosophy and the Golden Dawn!
Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart No. 1 is a flowing instrumental with outstanding piano and just a hint of ethereal backing vocals, whilst Irish Heartbeat is a tender, achingly beautiful ballad, almost like a lullaby. The Street Only Knew Your Name is a mid tempo rocker where Van does some of his characteristic vocalizing. Cry For Home is another tuneful ballad with a lilting rhythm, whilst Inarticulate Speech No. 2 has Van's vocals that are missing in the first version and some great lyrics too.
The slow and winding September Night is another semi-instrumental with ethereal backing vocals and wordless vocalizing. The additional versions of Cry For Home & Inarticulate Speech No. 2 both seem a bit less polished than the standard versions but lovely nevertheless. This deeply spiritual album forms a cohesive whole. It may not be amongst Morrison's most popular, but true fans will love it for its melodic simplicity and stately elegance.