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Van Morrison - Back On Top
(Pointblank/Virgin)

Not bad, but nothing revelatory either. Something of a disappointment, considering this is the 60s guy whos set the highest standards in the 90s this side of Neil Young. Of course there are highlights, the ballad "In The Midnight" being the most notable. Its jarring, though, to hear Van sing the word "internet" ("New Biography"). Far from the Van standard set this decade by the 1990 classic Enlightenment and 97s eminently worthy The Healing Game. For the regulars.

YEAH YEAH YEAH, 1999