What does it sound like?:
Van Morrison may be 74 but there is little sign of his slowing up. This is his fifth album in just over three years and his third this decade of all new material. There is a mellow laid back feel to this one – reminiscent at times of ‘Magic Time’. The arrangements are simple understated guitar, piano, organ, drums and bass. Morrison’s voice is in remarkable shape. He doesn’t extend it much – the days of ‘Listen to the Lion’ or ‘Summertime in England’ are perhaps behind him – but that control and expressiveness are still there, particularly on tracks like ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ and ‘You Don’t Understand’.
Some of Van’s old themes are here, present and correct, belying the mellowness of the sound. ‘Fame Will Eat the Soul’ (with vocal guesting by Righteous Brother Bill Medley) revisits his obviously genuine horror at the corrosive power of celebrity. ‘You Don’t Understand’ is the darkest song on the album, a slow brooding blues which is Van at his most misanthropic and paranoid. ‘Nobody in Charge’ is an enjoyable pop at politicians ‘waffling endlessly’ and ‘getting paid too much for screwing up’. Which is » Continue Reading.