"Three Chords and the Truth" is the 41st full-length studio release from Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician Van Morrison, released October 25th, 2019 on the Caroline label.
The 41st full-length studio release for the singer-songwriter features contributions from Jay Berliner and The Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley.
Morrison’s last few releases combined new tunes with freshly rearranged covers of classic and older compositions penned by songwriters as diverse as Cole Porter, Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Bo Diddley. But Three Chords and the Truth features all 14 original songs. Take that Bob Dylan! Even if these won’t likely be remembered like iconic Morrison milestones such as “Tupelo Honey,” “Wild Night,” “Caravan” or “Gloria,” they are far from toss-offs, let alone filler. Based on Van’s duet with the Righteous Brothers’ gravel voiced Bill Medley on the provocatively titled “Fame Will Eat the Soul,” or the first single, the beautifully melodic “Dark Night of the Soul” (noticing a soul theme?), there are at least a handful of tracks that should be included in the next Morrison greatest hits package.
Most would rightly apply “living legend” status to Morrison, yet the spirited way he approaches everything here, makes it seem like he’s decades younger. Based on the vibrant, often vivacious Three Chords and the Truth, he still has plenty of artistic gas left in his tank.
Reviewed by Hal Horowitz for americansongwriter.com.