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Keep Me Singing is Van Morrison's 36th studio album and consists of 13 tracks - 12 original, written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of blues standard `Share Your Love With Me' - written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and previously recorded by Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. For `Every Time I See A River', Morrison has collaborated with acclaimed lyricist Don Black. All tracks were produced by Van Morrison.Limited Lenticular edition

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It gets better and betterI've been Van Morrison fan for about 25 years and have seen him perform about 100 times. I love his music. But on first listen, this record didn't do much for me. The lyrics seemed trite in spots, and there were few of the dynamic / tempo variations that you find in Van's best songs (e.g., Wavelength). Then came the second listen, the third, fourth and, as always, the voice won me over. It is a voice that can do so much it can overcome any lyric, and eventually even the most ordinary lines take on new meanings. The standout track for pure songwriting is the Don Black number, "Every Time I See a River." Gorgeous lyrics, and Van pours heart and soul into them. I think the cover of "Share Your Love with Me" surpasses the 1962 original. In his own songs, Van recycles some lines in the pastoral and contemplative area, but these feel like extensions of ideas, not repetitions. He's a balladeer, soul singer, jazzman, and blues shouter -- no one who listens to this carefully and repeatedly can say "all tracks sound alike." For 50 years, Van's music has been that "affirming flame" of which the poet speaks.4Mr. Morrison strikes againVan Morrison just gets better as time goes on. I cannot believe the quality of the writing and voice on this CD.You will find, as usual, top notch musicianship, writing and production. As well as that voice.Each new release is like a visit from an old friend - full of life, stories and friendship. Really, it is.My favorites here are: Let It Rhyme, Keep Me Singing, Out In The Cold Again, Holy Guardian Angel, In Tiburon, Too Late, Caledonia Swing.5Breathless Brilliance!If Van was a baseball player, he'd have more home runs than Ruth or anyone else as he consistently hits it out of the park and then some. Whether it's Veedon Fleece, Sense Of Wonder, Poetic Champions Compose, Humns To the Slience, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Magic Time, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, Common One, Born To Sing" No Plan B and I could go on and on. The guy is a genius, period. I totally agree with one of the other reviewers in that if you can't feel Van's music, I feel REALLY sorry for you. Love the entire set, and as usual, I get stuck on a song for awhile and then stuck on another one. Right now, I'm stuck on Memory Lane. What a moving piece of work and it's what happens in the hands of someone so gifted that make it work so well. By far, the greatest artist to ever come out of Ireland.5Back on topYahoo, Van is back and has rarely been better. Sort of like returning to his roots after learning how to embellish his style with lush production but remembering what made his original albums so great. Call this "Moondance:" meets "Inarticulate Speech of the Heart", By the way, it is not like Van ever put out a bad album, I have about 30 or more. He just sort of drifted for a couple of decades starting with his "Enlightenment" period and cruising into his experimental style period. While his Georgie Fame album is a delight, the Skiffle album is sort of "Meh". Glad to have you back Van, you are a true musical treasure. Keep healthy and keep putting out albums like this.5Van takes us for a stroll through dry Autumn leaves along Memory LaneVan Morrison is one of my most favorite singers and composers. I once thought, "If I had to hear one performer for the rest of eternity, I'd choose Van." Though I'm no longer so sure about eternity, I do know that the music of Mr. Morrison is eternal. I saw him perform at an outdoor amphitheatre in Eastern Washington, followed by Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. I've seen him at a somewhat smaller, more intimate setting. Whatever the situation, I leave feeling "Wow!" So, I am always interested when he releases a new recording to hear where Van's muse has led him. After my first listening of 'Keep Me Singing', I thought, "Not bad. His voice is still strong." However, after just completing a more attentive second listening, I can enthusiastically say this is a great recording. I didn't give it 5 stars just because there are V.M. recordings that are the best that a recording can be. If I was comparing this against most other performers' current releases then it would definitely receive a 5. Though I love Van's multi-musicianship (and he plays guitar, harmonic, sax, and more on this recording), I've always thought that his voice is his strongest instrument and I feel he should mostly leave more capable musicians to the other instruments. Of course he plays in a distinctively 'Van Morrison' fashion, and it's charming, but he and we are served best by his voice. I must say, some of his harmonica solos were very tasteful. Van has long expressed his frustration with the music industry and he does so here in tunes such as 'The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword'. 'Memory Lane' typifies that this is a mature recording by a mature man who stands at yet another crossroads in his life. He is old enough to know what 'Memory Lane' means, culturally, and mature enough to question whether the Memory Lane that he visits in his song is even the one that he believed he knew as a younger man. Another Morrison sub-genre is the homage to his musical and other-creative heroes. 'Keep on Singing' refers to Sam Cooke. 'In Tiburon' calls to mind the Beat writers, Chet Baker, and Vince Guaraldi to name a few; it also honors northern California towns like San Fran and Tiburon. Van Morrison is a highly respectful artist, and he never hesitates to honor the musicians that share his performance stage or the shoulders of the ancestors upon which he stands. Perhaps my favorite piece on this CD (yes, I'm that old) is 'Holy Guardian Angel' which could as easily been called 'The Witching Hour'. It's Van allowing himself to speak in a spiritual manner. On some past albums he's outwardly rejected his image as a Spiritual, even Religious, composer. And, though Van has paid tribute to a great many of the great spiritual traditions, he is most definitely a spiritual person if only that he has often deepened my own appreciation for life, creativity, and the world. 'Holy Guardian Angel' has a slightly pagan and Celtic tinge to these welcoming ears. Ever since 'Moondance', I've associated Van with the season of Fall and I most definitely find myself on an Autumn walk, kicking through dry leaves as he sings of the witching hour. 'Memory Lane' also evokes the same tone and similar images'. Van Morrison is an artist who has constantly reinvented himself throughout his career; or, more organically, he has allowed himself to evolve and even regress in service to individuation. I wouldn't say that Van has invented any new genres or even sub-genres in this recording, but he's also not just repeated past successes. In his musical stroll down Memory Lane, he has allowed himself to paint with a familiar pallette; burnt umber, amber, rust, and gold.. But, these compositions are all honest and filled with life. Though the leaves may be dry, Van's lyrics and voice are still plenty juicy and fresh.4slow dance with someone you loveAfter a long career this very well may be the most beautiful collection of songs ever. When I first put it one I intended to listen to it on my secondary vinyl system that is pretty high end and watch TV with the sound off but after the first song I went with option B. I moved to my higher endsystemthat is part of my home theater, turned off the TV and just rared back closed my eyes and listened. Beautiful songs and beautiful instrument musicIt is kind of old school and makes you feel romantic. I do have a negative that may not matter to most of your buyers. If you are into digital mthen no worries mate but if you are an analog freak then be aware that the pressing of the vinyl is not the best out there. If you have spent four of five hundred or more on MC type cartridges then you are probably wanting dead quiet except the music. There are some snap crackle and pops on my vinyl disc and I have only played it one time. The disc looks perfectly clean so the issue then is with the pressing. It is on one disc instead of two so the groves are not as deep. I gurss it just matters how particular you are. One time and one time only I sent back a disc that I did not think was up to speed and then later ordered it again and got a flawless copy. I have a LP boxed up right now that I am sending back and won't re-order it because the odds are that all the pressings will be bad but back to this product. I am interested to see how this does. It does not matter how old you are--here are some love songs that are cool and not sugar coated and silly. Good stuff.513 Awesome Expressions of Van the ManI have been a serious Van fan for over 40 years now. Sometimes he has come out with something new that I thought "ehhhh, it's okay but I like his older stuff better" ....then a few years later I listen to that same album and think "Wow, this awesome! Why did it take so long to realize?"Well, this album was, for me, awesome right away. It does not sound like he is trying to do something new or different, just creating new reflections of the best of his own unique gift. It is a great album from beginning to end. When I play it, I play it through, from beginning to end, and when it is finished I often play it again right away! I think anyone who really likes Van will love this album, and many people who thought they did not care for him may also love it. Style-wise: If you took steps of poetic champions, avalon sunset, days like this, and magic time; this album is a logical progression for the next evolutionary step.5Never disliked any of Van 's songs an this CD is ...Never disliked any of Van 's songs an this CD is so very good,Let it Rhyme,Every time i see a river,Keep me singing,Out in the cold again an Memory lane so touching,so easy to get lost in past memories with theses,as Share your Love with Me, Holy Guardian Angel is so up lifting as well,the rest of the tracks remind me of the Irish songs he sang on his past albums the melodies sound a lot like those songs.as being someone who has arrived to live into my early 70's,nice to know Van made it too.his voice has not changed,please don't stop singing these wonderful ballads.5Astoundingly GoodI truly love this man's work, and especially that voice. That said, there are some albums I've connected with more than others. I bought this album not knowing what direction he was going, and was astounded at how good it is.I've read others say it, and I agree, this is Van in top form. This album feels like a blend of No Guru, Avalon Sunset, and Back on Top. There are a number of very good songs on here, but there are also a number of incredible songs; ones that belong among his best. This brought back Van the romantic and Van the mystic, with classic, beautiful archetypical Van melodies throughout, and that voice, sounding so powerful and rich.There are so many stand-outs on this album, but I cannot stop playing Holy Guardian Angel; I've not checked the count showing how many times I've played it since I bought the album yesterday, but I'm guessing at least forty. This album will be an obsession album, and I'm okay with that. He's really crafted an incredible piece of work with this one.5... a question if I would purchase and at least like this albumThere was never a question if I would purchase and at least like this album. There is something truly special about the music of Van Morrison. If you can't feel his music I feel sorry for you. Got delivery of the MP3 tracks on the morning of it's release and the CD later that day. It is the only music I've listened to since (including as I type). In reply to the negative reviews. True a lot of this is similar to other material he's released. So you're complaining he sounds like himself? Most of the songs, on this album, would fit anywhere in his career. As would most of his "hits" fit on this album. His voice isn't what it used to be. Here's a news flash from a lifelong fan. He never had a traditionally beautiful voice. What he does is interpret a song in his own voice and style. He is still at the top of his game and he plays that game better than anyone. This is a truly exceptional collection of music. Considering it jumps around from jazz to blues to country tinged and pop sounds it is very cohesive. Thought the Duets release announced his career, concerning new and original music, coming to a close. I'm glad I was wrong. If this album is any indication he's just getting started. Can I have more please?5
Keep Me Singing [LP][Lenticular Edition]

Keep Me Singing [LP][Lenticular Edition]

4.7
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