Touring his legendary Astral Weeks album appears to have rejuvenated Van Morrison. His 35th solo studio album is his jazziest: the warm brass and catchy, sweet melodies recall 1970’s Moondance. But the music’s velvet glove delivers some of his hardest-hitting lyrics. With the global economic meltdown providing inspiration, End of the Rainbow finds him rueing capitalism, materialism and social climbing. Educating Archie lines up targets like ducks: “global elites”, “slavery to capitalism”, control by media and – most wonderfully – “entertainment on TV and all kinds o’ shite!” Morrison is famously curmudgeonly, and there’s more black humour in the sublime Goin’ Down to Monte Carlo. Like a Belfast Mark E Smith, he flees Sartre’s “hell” of other people only to find himself bombarded by “some kind of phoney pseudo-jazz!” Elsewhere, his moods swing like the rhythm section. Open the Door is warm and friendly, Pagan Heart a Doorsy blues. Of all the songs here, If in Money We Trust – a mantra-like rumination on the love of Mammon over God – most deserves to join his pantheon of classics.
mp3 320 kbps | 144 MB | TB