Top positive review
Another good Van Morrison album!
26 October 2019
Van Morrison has certainly increased his output over the last few years and I for one am enjoying this creative burst. What I immediately noticed when playing this latest release is that compared to the Joey DeFrancesco collaborations, the band is more straightforward, pared back sounding, but they can certainly play!
Compared with the lush sophistication of Keep Me Singing, this album sounds cleaner and like they had a great time putting the tracks down.
Certain musicians will be immediately familiar to Van fans over the years: Jay Berliner (Astral Weeks) on guitar, 'brother' David Hayes on bass and Teena Lyle on percussion (both were part of the Caledonia Soul Orchestra) and have played with Van many times both live and on albums.
But of course what makes a good Van album is his haunting vocals and I'm pleased to say he is on good form with his distinctive timbre and phrasing well to the fore.
Perhaps the songs are not as polished as in the past but they make up for it with the verve and enthusiasm of the recording.
Another good one from Mr Morrison.