Label: Polydor - 9871265 • Format: CD Album • Country: Australasia • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Blues Rock, Celtic
Magic Time is one of those rare, intermittent Van Morrison records that consciously offers a bird's eye view of everywhere he's been musically and weaves it all together into a heady brew. The last one was The Healing Game in He's made fine records since Down the RoadBack on Topbut they've been focused on whatever Muse was pulling his coattails at the time.
Magic Time is restless and freewheeling. Lyrically, it's alternately bittersweet, celebratory, and ornery. Like all of his records, notions of the past haunt these songs like familiar specters making sure they are not forgotten. Morrison 's sequencing keeps them balanced and the proceedings sharp. It's carried by the interplay between Morrison 's acoustic and the late Foggy Lyttle 's electric guitar fills, and aided by Chieftain Paddy Moloney 's whistle.
A moving yet unobtrusive string arrangement by Fiachra Trench lifts this tale of separation and longing into the large space inhabited by Morrison 's voice. Through his lyrical frame, he reaches that place in the heart that whispers of longings so deep they lie beyond the reach of language. The scene changes on track three as the blues make their entrance on "Keep Mediocrity at Bay" with some fine harp work by Morrisonand the wondrously gritty "Evening Train. Lyttle 's knotty razored fills push Morrison 's roaring vocal on to the ledge.
These tunes are beautifully placed in the album's mix and Morrison 's readings are serious, very credible.
While "Just Like Greta" is yet another Morrison litany to be left alone, its seductive melody draws the listener deep in with its shimmering organ, pronounced hypnotic line, mournful strings, and a chorus of female voices that add a softer dimension to its edgy intent.
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