Keep It Simple : 3 out of 4 Stars!
"Soul is not the color of your skin," Van Morrison observes on his new album. He would know: The great Irish bard has been proving the truth of that statement for decades now. With Keep It Simple, Morrison may keep his Celtic soul on low flame, but it still burns true.
The Belfast Cowboy has become the bruised voice of experience - a graduate of the "School of Hard Knocks" who has given up his hard-living ways ("Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore"). But his clear-eyed view of life and its disappointments comes with a sense of acceptance and understanding, rather than churlishness and self-pity, and he's still capable of joy and wonder ("That's Entrainment"). It's a mood that's reflected by the inviting warmth of the easygoing R&B grooves that dominate the album.