Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Review: Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Van 'The Man' Morrison
Van Morrison's career spans five decades
Van Morrison
VAN MORRISON
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.
VAN MORRISON AND MICHELLE ROCCA
VAN MORRISON AND MICHELLE ROCCA.
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.Receiving an honorary doctorate of letter from Lord Grey of Naunton, Chancellor at the University of Ulster graduation ceremony at Jordanstown.
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.Pictured during his time with group 'Them'.
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.
125 HYNDFORD ST - THE CHILDHOOD HOME OF VAN MORRISON
Van Morrison:Local Singer/Legend
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Them (including Van Morrison):Jazz/Pop Group
Them (including Van Morrison):Jazz/Pop Group
VAN MORRISON (CENTER) WITH THE CHIEFTAINS.
Van Morrison album cover. Moondance. Music
Van Morrison and Michelle Rocca
Van Morrison:Singer, ASTRAL WEEKS (1968)
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.Pictured during his time with group 'Them'.
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.
VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.

After more than half a century in the business, it's no surprise that Van Morrison (born George Ivan Morrison) knows a thing or two about putting an album together.

What can't be guaranteed after such an accomplished career is to still be sounding so good with his 34th album.

Recorded in his hometown of Belfast, Born To Sing: No Plan B is effortless, cool and classy.

Open The Door (To Your Heart) is soulful and an instant favourite, and both the title track and End Of The Rainbow are soaked in the blues.

Close Enough For Jazz flows seamlessly, demanding feet, shoulders, head and more to come along for the ride. When Plan A is this good, there's no reason to look any further.

Rating: 4/5

Mike Fletcher

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