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NTW - Van Morrison

6/13/2014

Van Morrison, "Born to Sing: No Plan B"
Our rating: 
From the organ fills of "Open the Door (To Your Heart)" to the guitar licks that open "Pagan Heart," blues and soul feature on "Born to Sing," but only in a supporting role. Now signed to Blue Note, the Belfast Cowboy charges ahead into jazz territory on 10 long originals teeming with extended introductions, ample bars for instrumental solos, and some surprisingly adept scat singing. While lyrical barbs periodically provide road marks (particularly on "Educating Archie"), some clearly defined hooks would better delineate these rambling compositions from the "phony pseudo jazz" Van snubs on "Goin' Down to Monte Carlo." - K.B.R. 

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