ARTIST                                  :           VAN MORRISSON

GENRE                                  :           POP / TRADITIONAL POP

DATE RELEASED               :           2015


He is one of the most prolific songwriter and performer music world has ever produced.  Countless of his poetic songs were covered and performed by different musical artists in different generations.  Van Morrison is so respected that artists from different musical genres bow to him.  In this reworking of catalogue, listeners will surely be curious on the improvements that he did with some of his songs.  Take note that most of the songs in this record were not the most popular Van Morrison recordings.

It is hard to tell if the whole reworking of the songs in this album were quite a mess or not.  First, you will not notice huge differences in some of the songs.  Second, the mixture of artists coming from different musical genres’ gathered into one single album might make an interesting fusion. However, some good tracks here tend to be overshadowed by eclectic performances of other songs or drown out with the shift in the tempo.  For example, “Higher Than The World” has a very carefree and fun rendition with George Benson and then the mood shifts to serious “Wild Honey,” a duet with Joss Stone.

Yes, the album could have nicely been improved had it been arranged in a manner that listeners will not have a rollercoaster mood while listening to the whole album. It is nice to listen to “Get On With The Show,” a duet with George Fame. His duet with his daughter Shana Morrison in “Rough God Goes Riding” showed that good songs are indeed ageless if given the right musical treatment. With the help of Mark Knopfler, “Irish Heartbeat” has made the song avoid becoming an ethnic folk song impression given the title.

I believe this album deserve 3.5 stars out 5 stars despite the roller coaster of mood I experience listening to the whole album.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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