Customer Review

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Graceful and spiritual, 27 Nov 2008
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.8 out of 5 stars (10 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Johannesburg

Top Reviewer Ranking: 467