Albums to watch

The Prophet Speaks

Van Morrison

The Prophet Speaks

40th full-length album from the legendary Irish singer features six new original songs and eight covers

ADM rating[?]


Universal Music
UK Release date
US Release date
  1. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s impossible to not get caught up in the sheer joy exuded by Morrison and company as he cranks out yet another winner in a bulging catalog filled with them
    Read Review

  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Sounds like he’s having a blast on this satisfying album
    Read Review

  3. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Of the covers, Hooker’s Dimples is the standout, but in truth there isn’t a weak link here. Excellent songs, expertly rendered – what is there to dislike?
    Read Review

  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    This is a late-career surge that is all the more remarkable because Morrison really seems to be enjoying himself - he continues to hunger after the music that inspired his vocation in the first place
    Read Review

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Morrison might just be summoning a new creative burst. Print edition only

  6. 7.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The prophet is speaking loud and clear and letting us know, he’s happy with the place where he’s arrived
    Read Review

  7. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's easy groove doesn't suggest exhaustion, just peace of mind. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The likes of John Lee Hooker's "Dimples" and Sam Cooke's "Laughin' and Clownin'" are intimate, effortless-sounding exercises in sublime jazz phrasing, his voice at 73 as supple as ever. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    You have to believe Van has half a dozen more time-stopping tunes in him, and hope he finds the time to get them on to tape. Too late to stop and smell the roses? Let's hope not
    Read Review

  10. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Morrison seems casual and at ease
    Read Review

  11. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Compared to the majesty of Astral Weeks, released almost exactly 50 years ago, it’s a ragtag collection that’s unlikely to appeal beyond true believers
    Read Review

  12. 6.0 |   A.V. Club

    At his imperial best, Van the Man can still be mystical and magical after all these years
    Read Review

  13. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    He’s found something that has fired him up again, and despite the mellowness of the performances from Joey DeFrancesco’s band (this is the R&B Don Draper might hear in a Manhattan bar in Mad Men, not the kind Them played at the Maritime Hotel in Belfast), Morrison sounds fresh
    Read Review

  14. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    On his fourth album in fourteen months, he proves he can write songs that are indistinguishable from the classics he covers
    Read Review

blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Latest Reviews

More reviews