Keep It Simple CD (2008)

Artist: Van Morrison

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Product Overview


Label Revolver Usa
SKU 206902387
UPC 602517630789
UPC 14 00602517630789
Format CD
Release Date 4/1/2008
Author Van Morrison
Compilation Appearance Monster Music 123755-00 Monster Music® Ray Charles "Genius Loves Company" Music SuperDisc
Associated Artist/Work Barber, Chris (1~Trombone)
Associated Artist/Work Chieftains (The)
Associated Artist/Work Fame, Georgie
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, Linda G.
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, Linda Gail
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Shorty (Georgie Fame)
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Declan Gaffney; Alastair McMillan
Producer Van Morrison
CatalogID 10658
Lable Name Lost Highway
Released 04/01/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517630789
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Van Morrison (vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele, saxophone, piano); Mick Green (guitar, acoustic guitar); Nadine Marsh Edwards (guitar, harmonica); John Platania (guitar); Crawford Bell (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Sarah Jory (steel guitar, banjo); Cindy Cashdollar (steel guitar); Geraint Watkins (accordion, piano); John Allair (organ); Neal Wilkinson (drums); Liam Bradley (percussion); Stevie Lange, Margo Buchanan, Katie Kissoon, Jerome Rimson, Karen Hamill (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Alastair McMillan.
Photographer: Patrick Baird.
The older legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison gets, the more his recordings become documents of a man trying to come to terms with himself and his place in the world. Some 30 studio albums into his career, 2008's KEEP IT SIMPLE is no exception. There are moments here when Morrison gets in touch with his romantic side, as on the wistfully longing "Lover Come Back" and the love-addled "Entrainment" (in case you were wondering, the title refers to the state of being dragged along). Nevertheless, from the '90s on, there's been a dark, sometimes bitter streak to Morrison's themes, seemingly reacting to negative experiences both in the music business and as a human on the planet. KEEP IT SIMPLE continues that streak. Morrison reminds us that "straight reality is always cold" on the title track, sings of being educated by "The School of Hard Knocks," and observes "only a fool would surmise everyone is sane" on "No Thing." No matter how dark the lyrical outlook though, his patented musical paradigm--an agreeable amalgam of folk-rock, blues, soul, jazz, and the occasional Celtic breeze--is enough to put plenty of wind in the sails of even the most cantankerous traveler.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he arrangements are elegantly spare: subtle works of guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, occasional backup singers and, at the center of it all, Morrison's incomparable voice, as expressive as ever.'
Entertainment Weekly (p.61) - "The title track shows that time has little withered Van Morrison's voice....There are moments during this self-penned collection of bluesy numbers that the Irishman does indeed KEEP IT SIMPLE." -- Grade: B
Uncut (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a 24-carat Morrison classic, the deconstructionist meditation 'Behind The Ritual'. Simple for him it may be -- but, really, no one else does anything like it."
Down Beat (p.81) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Morrison uses his marvelously malleable voice to take the listener on a low-key, but highly evocative, tour of his musical influences and experiences."
No Depression (p.67) - "Blues shuffles and country ballads are the templates for much of KEEP IT SIMPLE....'Song Of Home' is a sweet country waltz..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sturdy set of impeccably-played blues and soul with little of the garnish he's previously used to paper over the cracks of less powerful material."
Disc 1
1 How Can A Poor Boy?
2 School Of Hard Knocks
3 That's Entertainment
4 Don't Go To Nightclubs Anymore
5 Lover Come Back
6 Keep It Simple
7 End Of The Land
8 Song Of Home
9 No Thing
10 Soul
11 Behind The Ritual
Product Attributes
Artist Morrison,Van
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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