The love of music, the love of legends, the love of love are all wrapped in Van Morrison’s 40th studio release, The Prophet Speaks. Packed with six originals and eight covers, the album is a jazz-infused La-Z-Boy of crooning genius that only Morrison can coin.
After a slew of bland and bitter releases in the present years, Morrison offers an assorted chocolate box of tunes that are all sweet to the ears and the soul.
Something inside Morrison has ignited his admiration for enlightenment and respect for the masters of songmanship. Being one himself, he takes numbers by legends such as John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke and Willie Dixon and crafts pure gold.
Morrison has never sounded so on point and clear while still maintaining his signature improvisational garble and slinking swagger around lush R&B grooves. Notable tracks of greatness are the buttery “Teardrops,” rifftastic “I Love the Life I Live” and 70s-laden “Gotta Get You Off My Mind.”
Overall, The Prophet Speaks is a fantastic addition to your love mix tape and a must-have for every Morrison fan.
– Chris Rucker