What does it sound like?:
There are many Vans – there’s acoustic visionary Van, soul Van, pop Van, blues/jazz Van, R&B Van…..this is tuneful, slightly wistful Van, a la “Beautiful Vision”. The production is clean and tastefully arranged, and there’s no grumbling away about Irish stuff without thought to a tune (OK, there’s a Caledonia at one point…). There are melodies aplenty and the band play like a dream. The trouble with streaming rather than having the thing is you don’t always have track details so I don’t know who is playing, but it should be said they do a fine job. There’s the perfectly judged rhythm section, the odd nippy guitar solo which doesn’t overstay its welcome and some splendid Hammond organ and piano. As ever the backing vocals and harmonies are excellent. The Van harmonica gets a good outing (no sniggering at the back, children). This is Van you can play anywhere, any time and it will be appreciated. The overall mood is blue tinged, sometimes in the lyrics, sometimes in out and out blues numbers such as “The pen is mightier than the sword”, the bouncy “Going down to Bangor” or the sole cover version, “Share » Continue Reading.