"How polished is Van Morrison's brand of musical mysticism? On last year's Magic Time, he sang a list of smutty British films and made it sound like cosmic wisdom. After forty years of astral moods, Morrison seems to have realized that his talent for elevating the everyday into the profound would serve him well in country music. So when he sings ""My Bucket's Got a Hole in It,"" he finds the same fertile territory that Hank Williams Sr. did, balancing between a quotidian complaint and Sisyphean dread. Pay the Devil, Morrison's squintillionth album, contains twelve covers of classic country songs, from ""Things Have Gone to Pieces"" to ""Your Cheatin' Heart,"" and three new compositions that work well right beside them. The album is pleasant but uninspiring, perhaps because Morrison's whiskey voice matches up so easily with these bourbon-soaked songs. While Morrison does nothing discreditable with this material, he also finds nothing new in it."
Pay The Devil
- Pay The Devil
- Van Morrison
- Lost Highway Records
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
- Watch Beyonce's Surprise New Video 'Formation'
- 35 WTF Moments From the Craziest GOP Debate Yet
- Watch Kanye West Debut 'Pablo' Tracks, Rap Battle on 'SNL'
- 10 Things That Piss Off Tom Petty
- The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power
- 100 Greatest Guitarists
- Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest of Our Dreams
- 'Blame Chance': Kanye West Explains 'Life of Pablo' Album Delay
- Watch Killer Mike Defend Beyonce's 'Formation' on 'Real Time'