Review: Van Morrison Brings Vintage Chill to 'Keep Me Singing'

Our take on songwriter's 36th album

Van Morrison's 36th album is 'Keep Me Singing.'

This year, Van Morrison was knighted, turned 71 and reissued a fantastic set of 1973 live recordings (It's Too Late to Stop Now). You won't find that intensity of soul fire on his 36th studio record. Yet through arrangements elegant to a fault, his mercurial tenor, more supple and restrained, remains a marvel. See the set's one cover, a reading of "Share Your Love With Me," that splits the difference between the Bobby "Blue" Bland and Aretha versions, full of chortles, snarls and gospel-tinged hollers. The vintage chill of "Every Time I See a River," meanwhile, is an invitation to float downstream with a blues admiral.