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If you like your soul without much energy or spirit, Van's your man.
Born to Sing continues the lacklustre run of form he's been in for the past two decades, starting with the breathtaking irony of Open the Door (To Your Heart), where he rails at "phony psuedo-jazz".
Morrison and his band sound like they're running through their lines in rehearsal, and things reach a nadir with the lethargic ambling of the title track and Mystic of the East, and the cod street philosophy of If In Money We Trust and Educating Archie.
He stirs and shows hints of his old passion in End of the Rainbow, but Close Enough For Jazz – an old number retrofitted with a few lyrics – seems like definitive proof that he's running out of enthusiasm.
Best tracks: End of the Rainbow, Pagan Heart
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs from Everyman, Nelson.
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