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Van Morrison - Best 10s Album Poll!!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Aar Gal, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Location:
    Virginia
    whats the best Van Morrison album from the 10s.

    Come back tomorrow for Best Of Lou Reed 70s albums Poll!
     
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  2. JohnB

    JohnB Forum Resident

    This poll was (for me) the easiest one to answer. Keep Me Singing.
     
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  3. Rockford & Roll

    Rockford & Roll Forum Resident

    Location:
    Midway, KY
    Keep Me Singing for me. Van has had a prolific run beginning with Singing up through the more jazz and blues based records to follow ( Punches, Versatile, Crazy and Prophet ) and then back to something more akin to Singing with the new one, Three Chords & TheTruth which in itself is a great album. All in four years time! Amazing.
     
  4. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    I’m drawing a blank at this list. The one I know is the latest, Three Chords, so that’ll get my vote.
     
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  5. newelectricmuse

    newelectricmuse charm, strangeness and quark

    Location:
    London
    I haven't got any of these. As mentioned in the previous decade's poll, I found the albums were becoming less distinctive. As Van has become more prolific lately, I'm hoping for recommendations here about which albums to pick up!
     
  6. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    Three Chords for me.
     
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  7. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

    Location:
    Virginia
    I like several of these albums, Keep me singing, prophet and three chords stand out to me
     
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  8. GuinnessDan

    GuinnessDan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    You're Driving Me Crazy - a joyful outing with Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco
     
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  9. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Born to Sing is one of his finest albums ever, and Versatile is excellent too. Most of the rest are good; I listen to Duets and Prophet Speaks the most.

    You're Driving Me Crazy and Three Chords are notably weak, however.
     
  10. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

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    The ATX
    Born To Sing is the easy winner here (disclaimer: I have not heard Three Chords yet, but given his other recent work I’d be shocked if I preferred it). On Born To Sing, Van actually sounds like he has something to say for the first time since The Healing Game. There is mood and atmosphere. It is a genuinely good album.

    The rest of these are completely interchangeable jazzy/R&B/standards outings with very few interesting compositions from Van (the title track to The Prophet Speaks being a notable exception). To add insult to injury he insists on covering himself on most of these records as if to remind you that he used to write compelling material when he cared. And I really don’t care to hear Van covering stuff like “Makin’ Whoopee” :sigh:

    Edit: Forgot to mention that I actually quite enjoy the Duets album. I was sure I was going to hate it lol
     
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  11. chickendinna

    chickendinna Homegrown’s All Right With Me

    Another interesting decade for Van. After a while his releases become product. At times quality is sacrificed for quantity. That's not to say these albums are weak. It's hard to tell them apart. I'm happy he's still around and productive.
     
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  12. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Up in T.O. keepin' jive alive

    The usual suspects, lol.
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  13. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lathbury
    KMS, BTS and Three Chords are all good albums. I picked the later. Duets has its moments but I suppose it comes down to the partner, George Benson/Higher Than The World and Clare Teal/Carrying A Torch spring to mind as lovely versions. The large number in the middle could have done with someone telling Van to slow down and actually produce one record rather than 4.
     
  14. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lathbury

    Did you ever get to Three Chords?
     
  15. curbach

    curbach Some guy on the internet

    Location:
    The ATX
    Not yet. . . (I haven’t purchased a single new album since the pandemic began. Been working on a backlog of records I want to needledrop.)
     
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  16. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lathbury
    Definitely worth it.
     
  17. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    Location:
    ohio
    other than 'duets' the other 7 albums are interchangeable for me.
     
  18. Ivan Aaron

    Ivan Aaron What Sells ≠ What Streams

    Location:
    San Diego
    This was tough. Born to Sing, Keep Me Singing and Roll with the Punches are all great. Punches had the least original material so in the end Singing edged out Born by a nose.
     
  19. adm62

    adm62 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada

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