Keep It Simple - Van Morrison
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  • Summary: The latest release for the Northern Irish singer is his first album with all original songs since 1999's Back on Top.
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  1. 80
    So far, so agreeable, but a minor niggle is that Morrison evidently continues to favour comfortable rather than challenging accompanists. Then the album hots up.
  2. On this relaxed and cohesive set, Van's band fall into simple and graceful grooves and play like a proper group, not hired hands.
  3. True, there are moments during this self-penned collection of bluesy numbers that the Irishman does indeed Keep It Simple, but perhaps too much so, and it comes off as "Rather Too Easy" instead.
  4. The Belfast cowboy keeps on making quality records
  5. Most of Keep it Simple has a demeanor of ease to it.
  6. Morrison's first collection of originals in longer than most of us can remember relies on a characteristic combo of jazz phrasing and bluesy riffs that should please die-hards and maybe bring in a few latter-day converts.
  7. It’s difficult to hear this as anything but self-parody.

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