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Belfast, balmy afternoons and hymns to the silence
on 5 May 2004
Van Morrison returns to the east Belfast of his childhood for a record with snatches of R and B, protestant chapels ('Be Thou My Vision') and the mysticism which with he somehow rose about it all without ever leaving it behind.
The title track is one of his greatest ever compositions and performances, and the whole thing is full of twists and surprises without ever losing the theme or the plot. Even when he starts to ramble a little in the nostalgia of place names around those terraced streets, you just feel you're there with him on those sunny afternoons of childhood. Inspired.