Van Morrison’s new album is ‘Keep Me Singing.’ Comprised of new songs and a cover, it’s the legendary Irish singer-songwriter’s 36th album, and the music critics are weighing in. You can see a roundup of reviews right here.
At age 71, the six-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Van Morrison has had a storied career that spans 50 years. From all appearances, no plans on retirement. Quite the contrary. With the exception of a cover of the Aretha Franklin classic ‘Share Your Love With Me’ is entirely new music.
It’s his first album of new music since the 2012 release, ‘Born to Sing: No Plan B’ which was met with mostly critical acclaim and a debut at No, 10 on the Billboard 200. And yes, as if true to that previous album title, he is back again, and, yes, still stinging.
In a recent interview, he said, “I think it’s much more difficult now to figure out what to say in a song.” Elaborating, and noting that he’s already written nearly 400 songs, he added, “It’s more difficult to figure out what a 70-year-old person wants to say. It’s different than the 60-year-old, or the 50-year-old or the 20-year old. Seventy is a whole different game.”
Now, as the album arrives critics are weighing in, as they do, not only on the merits of his new songs, but on his vocal prowess as a septuagenarian. his latest efforts. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“….Morrison’s voice has lost some of its sheer power, but he has retained all of its deep expressiveness, still every bit the otherworldly musical instrument it’s been for the past half-century……” –Entertainment Weekly
“…. Morrison delivers each of these songs with attentiveness; the material is consistently presented with finesse. Nothing further is required……” –All Music
“….As a whole, Keep Me Singing is a record pierced with a severe, self-reflective melancholy. The angry youth of his “G-L-O-R-I-A / Gloria!” days is a distant memory….” –Consequence of Sound
“….Yet through arrangements elegant to a fault, his mercurial tenor, more supple and restrained, remains a marvel. ….” –Rolling Stone
“….here’s something of the warmth and fulfilment of Tupelo Honey about the album generally. ….” –The Independent
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see Van Morrison’s ‘Keep Me Singing’ album cover art below and music videos.