"Roll with the Punches" is the 37th studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. The album was released on 22 September 2017 on the Caroline label. The album features five original songs and ten covers.
Van the Man has a great blues voice. He’s got a magnificent sense of rhythm. Morrison knows when to hit the beat and push the song forward and when to glide over the melody. The timbre of his voice may be leathery, but he has an infectious way of transporting the listener through a song from beginning to end. When he repeats lines, as is often done on his bluesy new album Roll With the Punches, he gets into a solid groove that makes each nuance revelatory.
That results in some serious lip twisting. If you are not sure what that means, try singing along to any of the songs the way Morrison does, and you will understand when you find your maws in a tumble. Combined with his Irish accent, he can make lines such as “move on along” into “mowing your lawn” and such. Morrison enthusiastically attacks the 16 tracks here—11 old blues numbers and five new originals composed in a similar style—so that it doesn’t matter if he’s singing about God or sex or death or cars; he does so with a sense of urgency.
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