Out Now: Van Morrison’s ‘Latest Record Project: Volume 1,’ a 28-Track Double-LP (ft. Abundant Rants & Complaints)


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There’s a song on Latest Record Project: Volume 1, the new double-album from legendary singer/songwriter Van Morrison, called “They Own the Media.”

If you’re wondering where the 75-year-old stands on the current social climate, that song title ought to explain it. But, if you’re still curious, here are some lyrics from the track:

They tell us that ignorance is bliss
I guess by those that control the media, it is
They own the media, they control the stories we are told
If you ever try to go against them, you will be ignored

‘Cause they control
They control
They control

They control the narrative, they perpetuate the myth
Keep on telling you lies, tell you ignorance is bliss
Believe it all and you’ll never get, nеver get wise
To thе truth, ’cause they control everything you do

Take those lines away from the context of the song and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine such a screed on a relative’s Facebook page.

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But wait — Facebook is also a subject of Van Morrison’s ire on another song, “Why Are You on Facebook?”:

Most “legacy acts” run into hurdles achieving notoriety with late-era releases, but Van definitely succeeded — the promotional campaign for this album has been a nonstop headline factory, stemming back to his run of “anti-lockdown” songs that came out in 2020, strongly-worded reactions of disdain to restrictions mandated by the government to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement of this Record Project album was also noteworthy for song titles such as the ones above, which demonstrate with no obfuscation that Van Morrison Will Say What He Wants, and damn the consequences. That’s his right, after all, but it definitely won’t generate unanimous praise from all corners or demographics, and that’s obviously by design.

Give the new record a listen — or don’t, if it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea — below.

On May 8, the day after the album’s release, Van Morrison and his band will host a special streaming concert event, his first-ever virtual performance, billed as “a livestream event from the renowned Real World Studios in Wiltshire that will see him debut some brand new songs alongside a selection of classic tracks.”

Comments

  • Jim Blyth says:

    Morrison is to be commended not vilified. His persona of a curmudgeon may or may not be true . But the music speaks to truth. For all the bed wetting ‘ liberals ‘ out there, this should be a wake up call. Never one to court fame he has managed to make a living in spite . Good for him . He has a sense of humour. A disproportionate number of us have lost ours.

  • Gary Gilliam says:

    While Van Morrison lives his truth will be told with no holds barred.
    Live long, Van!

  • Mark Lee Itzkowitz says:

    Van is living up to “three chords and the Truth”. His shift to a raw, bluesier sound fits the mood of the times and these songs cut like a knife. The unified kerfuffle he’s stirred up amongst the mainline “music critics” has exposed them as a bunch of disingenuous frauds with their panties all in a bind. LMFAO!
    The live stream show was amazing. His new band line up is razor sharp and ready for the road!


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