Astral Weeks

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1968 Ratings: #2 / 71
User Score
Based on 251 ratings
1968 Ratings: #9
Liked by 7 people
November 1, 1968 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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Astral Weeks is a justified entry in pop music's pantheon. It is unlike any record before or since; it mixes together the very best of postwar popular music in an emotional outpouring cast in delicate, subtle musical structures.

Rolling Stone

Soft, reflective, hypnotic, haunted by the ghosts of old blues singers and ancient Celts and performed by a group of extraordinary jazz musicians, it sounds like the work of a singer and songwriter who is, as Morrison sings in the title track, "nothing but a stranger in this world."

#41 Of Jamal's Top 100 Favorite Albums

I don't get it
One time I listened to this album and forgot that this wasn't Brown Eyed Girl 8 times in a row
I can see this album being a more powerful folk album when it came out in 1968 but it is a bit dated in sound and doesn't distinguish itself from other folk records evev when you compare this to Moondance. Astral Weeks is some nice chamber folk but I just don't find it impressive or amazing.

Track Review

Astral Weeks 8/10
Beside You 7.5/10
Sweet Thing 8/10
Cyprus Avenue 7.5/10
The Way Young Lovers Do 7.5/10
Madame George 8/10
Ballerina 7.5/10
Slim Slow Slider 7.5/10

Average: 7.7/10
I do feel like a right boomer listening to this when all the boomer calling out is going on...
Morrison has a distinct voice that makes any one of his songs stand out from others, but as a whole the album didn't divert from itself enough to really feel like a powerful project. I would likely listen to his music more, but I would argue that his music probably maintains the sound that results here just as much as other albums would.

Favorite track: Beside You
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Track List

  1. Astral Weeks
  2. Beside You
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Cyprus Avenue
  5. The Way Young Lovers Do
  6. Madame George
  7. Ballerina
  8. Slim Slow Slider
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Added on: February 8, 2013