What's It Gonna Take?

Van Morrison - What's It Gonna Take?
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2022 Ratings: #394 / 394
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Based on 8 ratings
Liked by 1 person
May 20, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Exile / Label
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Musically, Van the man is still a force to be reckoned with when he is motivated and you know what he really really is now. Whether you agree with his sentiments or not (and for the record I don't) this is a record that has energy and some excellent sonic moments. I've marked it down for his political standpoint, but that is my problem and not his and he is free to say whatever he wishes and with his seemingly never diminishing voice this is an LP delivered with gusto and belief as all music ... read more


This latest Van Morrison record sounds superficially like inoffensive fairground music, written with the wisdom of a fuzzy, stuffed bear and with only marginally less smugness. Since 2020, The Belfast Cowboy has become a musical figurehead in anti-lockdown sentiment. Much of the record is philosophically scant because Van’s suspicions tend to draw on misguided superiority and rambling fears—each of which are further hollowed by vanity. As he laughs at “snowflakes in their ... read more


Wow you disagree with his views, who cares. That's not what this is about, and if you think so you're a shallow person. Underneath everything, this is about his discontents with *himself*. Listen to the last song. Yes, this is the boomer iteration of rebellion against your own angst, but it's still powerful nonetheless. You not liking this because of your political views is stupid.

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Track List

  1. Dangerous
  2. What's It Gonna Take?
  3. Fighting Back Is the New Normal
  4. Fodder for the Masses
  5. Can't Go on This Way
  6. Sometimes It's Just Blah Blah Blah
  7. Money from America
  8. Not Seeking Approval
  9. Damage and Recovery
  10. Nervous Breakdown
  11. Absolutely Positively the Most
  12. I Ain't No Celebrity
  13. Stage Name
  14. Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas
  15. Pretending
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Added on: April 5, 2022