Submitted by Burt Kocain on 1 October 2012 - 2:56am
What's it called?:
Born To Sing: No Plan B
What does it sound like?:
Van Morrison. Which is a relief. His vocal chords are still unshredded, his touching and dogged persitence at saxophony is starting to pay off (it's a stone delight - the man has a signature tone), and the muse shared a pint or two with him during the making of this album. The man's had more forms than the benefit office - and this is assuredly a return to one of the better ones. There's some finger-poppin' grooves here, mainly leaning towards the jazzier end of R n' B, and some Actual Songs. Plus a joyously gritty blues. There's a sense of him having sat down and worked at this one, rather than just trusting to his genius like the idle slob does all too often. Beautiful ensemble playing - as good as he's ever had. It's not the bring-the-house-down swing of his Fat Elvis years, but it's not the morose down-the-allotment poeticals he's prone to either. This is a good one.
What does it all *mean*?:
It means the crotchety old bastard is *still* capable of making good records. Praise the lord and pass the biscuits.
Goes well with …:
his back catalogue, surprisingly.
Might suit people who like …:
his good stuff, and got a little tired of him treading water for so long. (BTW, this: "The specified file Front.jpg could not be uploaded. The file is 159.3 KB exceeding the maximum file size of 150 KB." - was a bit of a headscratcher!)