VAN MOR­RI­SON

The Prophet Speaks 7/10

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Fourth al­bum in 15 months from The Man

The mix here of eight clas­sic blues, jazz and R&B cov­ers with a half a dozen orig­i­nal songs fol­lows the pat­tern of Mor­ri­son’s re­cent pro­lific glut of re­leases. The likes of John Lee Hooker’s “Dim­ples” and Sam Cooke’s “Laughin’ And Clownin’” are in­ti­mate, ef­fort­less-sound­ing ex­er­cises in sub­lime jazz phras­ing, his voice at 73 as sup­ple as ever. Even bet­ter news is that the ti­tle track and “Spirit Will Pro­vide”, which hark back to his 1980s spir­i­tual pre­oc­cu­pa­tions, are among his best com­po­si­tions in a while. An­other new song is ti­tled “Ain’t Gonna Moan No More”. Now that re­ally would be some­thing.

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