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Latest Record Project: Volume 1

Van Morrison - Latest Record Project: Volume 1
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #666 / 672
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
May 7, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
BMG, Exile / Label
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American Songwriter

Some 42 albums on, Morrison remains as emphatic as ever. This Latest might not be his greatest, but in many ways it clearly comes close.

Some of his outrage may be misplaced, but it has prompted his most visceral album in years.
Classic Rock
Others may beg to differ, but if him being grumpy over excellent R&B riffs isn't too much of shock for the listener, then this is an enjoyable album.
The Telegraph
There are moments on Van Morrison’s new album when you may find yourself wishing he would just wrap his golden vocal cords around a text as unremarkable as a telephone directory, and stop bloody moaning.
The Irish Times
Throughout the 28 tracks there is much to love in the music and the playing. However, the final track, Jealousy, signs off with a note of almost parodic self-pity: “Is it because I’m good at my job?” The answer, sadly, is yes and no.
Record Collector
It's destined to be a divisive album, and one that may result in even a few diehard fans socially distancing themselves from its agenda.
For 28 tracks Van discusses hidden cabals of dangerous media types so frequently that it verges on a convoluted concept record.

As always, his saving grace is his expert control of his voice and good musical taste, qualities that prevent Latest Record Project, Vol. 1 from being as sour as its creator.

Spectrum Culture
Van the Man is clearly off his game. He is a very angry man, but his shots miss, lost in the mystic. And with 28 tracks clocking in at over two hours, that’s a lot of misses.

On Latest Record Project Volume 1 the former mystic seeker of future enlightenment is now impotently throwing empty wine bottles at the present.

The Arts Desk

Latest Record Project sounds like the work of a man who really needs to get out more. And despite the best efforts of “the system”, with lockdown easing, pretty soon he surely will.

Rolling Stone
Twenty-eight confrontationally phoned-in soul-jazz tracks from the ever-disgruntled great, including "Why Are You on Facebook." His takedown of Clubhouse on Vol. 2 is going to be killer.
The Independent

Taken together, it’s a bit old-man-yells-at-cloud ... Latest Record Project Volume 1 might be a grievance-heavy sprawl, but if you’re a Morrison die-hard it’ll be a worthy, timely addition to his catalogue.

Under The Radar
The double-album is a full-on dumpster fire fueled by toxic thoughts, meaningless rants, and a surly attitude.
The Guardian
The veteran bluesman loudly wakes up the sheeple with this boring and paranoid double album, reminiscent of a dinner party with a bitter divorcee.
Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Volume I

Genre: Blues Rock
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 71% (Very Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 59th / 423

Highlight: Thank God for the Blues

Made me think of:
Gary Moore
The Blues Brothers
Van Morrison is at the age where I lump him in with the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, etc. in the respect that I may be happy they're still releasing music, but their new stuff is not interesting to me. Even critically acclaimed records like Bob Dylan's 'Love and Theft' just sound dry and lifeless to me, even though I respect them.
At a certain age, all the legacy acts seem to settle into one sub-genre. I don't know what it would be called, but it involves non-tonal ... read more
This is 2021's most pretentious, over-bloated, and meaningless drivel I've heard so far and this is coming from THE Van Morrison!
Appallingly written (Especially those protest songs), hardly any Van Morrison engineering trickeries that you can cherish.
Just a miserable 2 hours that can be easily spent by listening to The Coral's recent double album instead.
Get some rest Van Morrison, your talents have dramatically exhausted.
this fucking sucks. van morrison has fallen out.
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Track List

  1. Latest Record Project
  2. Where Have All the Rebels Gone?
  3. Psychoanalysts' Ball
  4. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
  5. Tried to Do the Right Thing
  6. The Long Con
  7. Thank God for the Blues
  8. Big Lie
  9. A Few Bars Early
  10. It Hurts Me Too
  11. Only a Song
  12. Diabolic Pressure
  13. Deadbeat Saturday Night
  14. Blue Funk
  15. Double Agent
  16. Double Bind
  17. Love Should Come with a Warning
  18. Breaking the Spell
  19. Up County Down
  20. Duper's Delight
  21. My Time After a While
  22. He's Not the Kingpin
  23. Mistaken Identity
  24. Stop Bitching, Do Something
  25. Western Man
  26. They Own the Media
  27. Why Are You on Facebook?
  28. Jealousy
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Added on: April 20, 2021