I can see similarities between Van Morrison’s sound in Astral Weeks and Bob Dylan. The lyrics are poetic stories but instead of Dylan’s harmonica the music is supplemented with violins and a flute/recorder making it sound very 60′s.
That’s where the similarities stop. I was not a fan of this album, is anyone surprised? Morrison’s wailing voice made it difficult to hear the lyrics and the lyrics themselves are often too repetitive for my taste.
The only song I could see myself listening to again is Sweet Thing, one of the more upbeat songs and according to some online research it is the only song on the album to look forward instead of backward.
I never would have guessed this was the same artist who wrote the upbeat Brown Eyed Girl.
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