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Album Review: Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing

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Pour yourself a glass of wine (or whiskey if you prefer something that packs a little more punch) and pull up the most comfortable seat in your abode, you should now be in more of a comfortable and relaxed state of mind. The perfect compliment to this scenario are the grooves and tunes of Van Morrison’s latest studio album Keep Me Singing.

Van Morrison - Keep me SingingMorrison needs no introduction, being one of the most successful and celebrated singer-song writers of the last century. Keep Me Singing is his 36th studio album release, self produced, it features his latest collection of self-penned songs- apart from the Blues standard Share Your Love With Me written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey, and lyrics by Don Black in the song Every Time I See A River. Morrison proves that he’s still got the singing chops after a music career spanning over half a century.

You can tell Morrison is a seasoned song-writer in the music he has presented in this album; it is devoid of gimmicks and frills. Secure in his style of writing, he rather focuses his attention on creating a warm sound, singable melody lines and solidly structured songs. The only thing that doesn’t quite captivate me are the few harmonica interludes, it’s a little abrasive in the otherwise pleasant balance of sound.

He plays the music of his roots; the blues features prominently as in the groove Going Down To Bangor. Out In The Cold has a sprinkle of Burt Bacharach’s endearing style and a dash of Tony Bennett in the mix of sweeping string orchestration. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword is also a bluesy song, with a rock shuffle feel. In Tiburon is the kind of song that would perfectly accompany a rainy day (when you’re in doors looking out, that is).

Van Morrison’s latest release is adult contemporary/easy listening gold. Keep Me Singing keeps me listening.