Review: Van Morrison Brings Vintage Chill to ‘Keep Me Singing’
Our take on songwriter's 36th album
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.