Testimonials of new Van Morrison album: It’s as poor as you’ve got listened to

Van Morrison has a new album out, and the preliminary response is really poor. And…

Van Morrison has a new album out, and the preliminary response is really poor. And that is not even such as allegations of anti-Semitism created towards him above a track known as “They Personal the Media.”

Because the pandemic strike, the “Brown Eyed Girl” singer-songwriter has been railing in opposition to lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, placing out a handful of protest songs that courted lots of controversy.

But “Latest Record Undertaking, Vol. 1,” a new two-hour, 28-track double album, does not involve these tunes. Alternatively, it veers off in a conspiratorially cranky direction with songs titled “The Prolonged Con,” “Big Lie,” “Why Are You on Facebook” and “Stop Bitching. Do Anything.”

The Guardian (“depressing rants by tinfoil milliner”) and Rolling Stone (“a delightfully horrible study in everyday grievance”) have by now savaged it.

Pitchfork actually appreciated it a very little, in an particularly experienced way, calling it “a risible and intermittently charming 28-tune collection which, in its bonkers way, brings Morrison’s tumultuous career total circle.”

“To be a genius is not the very same as getting a advanced political thinker, as we continue to keep finding out all over again and yet again, to the level of exhaustion,” Elizabeth Nelson writes for Pitchfork. “In his press products for the LP, Van hilariously valorizes himself as the only living protest singer, by which it seems he implies he is the only gazillionaire rock star to be a pandemic denier apart from Eric Clapton.”

Noting that Morrison has gone conspiratorial in the past, the Guardian proclaims that “on Hottest File Task Volume 1, the sheeple are genuinely awoken.”

“It’s MI5 this and intellect-handle that, solution ‘meetings in the forest,’ mainstream media lies and Kool Aid staying drunk by the gallon,” the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis writes.

“On ‘Western Man,’ there’s some troubling alt-right-y stuff about how the west’s ‘rewards’ have been ‘stolen by foreigners unknown’ and we should be ‘prepared to fight.’ And he’s persuaded that the shadowy forces of the institution are engaged in initiatives to silence him.”

Van Morrison’s new double album is titled “Latest Document Project, Vol. 1.”

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Worst of all, Petridis states, “The tone isn’t just about anything as stirring or fascinating as anger, just limitless peevish discontent and sneering dismissal.”

Rolling Stone‘s Jonathan Bernstein claims, “Morrison’s repetition appears considerably less like the trance-like mysticism of a Caledonia poet and extra like a furious client demanding a refund.” He does laud the music “Duper’s Delight,” expressing it “shows Morrison at his greatest: allowing his audience in on his possess profound method of self-inquiry.”

Bernstein sums up the album as “a from time to time amusing, sometimes discouraging, sparsely thrilling, and mainly unlistenable selection of rants and riffs.”

And about “They Very own the Media”? Though the tune doesn’t explicitly name Jewish persons as its “They,” it does elevate an anti-Semitic trope that has just lately been revived in an even far more destructive form by QAnon followers.

Sample lyrics: “They handle the narrative, they perpetuate the myth / Retain on telling you lies, notify you ignorance is bliss / Imagine it all and you’ll never ever get the truth of the matter / By no means get intelligent, clever by way of their lies.”

“Well,” tweeted British writer-presenter Matthew Sweet, “the new Van Morrison album will definitely satisfy anyone who’s puzzled what the Protocols would sound like with a sax accompaniment.”

Read on for some reviews from enthusiasts, some evidently previous lovers and other denizens of social media.