Van Morrison - Beautiful Vision

Van Morrison - Beautiful Vision

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Beautiful Vision is the thirteenth studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released February 1982 (see 1982 in music) by Warner Bros. Recordsin the US and Mercury Records in the UK. As with many of Morrison's recordings, spirituality is a major theme and some of the songs are based on the teachings of Alice Bailey. Other songs show Morrison's Celtic heritage and reminiscence of his Belfast background. The album garnered modest chart success when released, peaking at number 31 on the UK album charts and number 44 on the Billboard 200. It has received mixed reviews over the years, while biographer Johnny Rogan has credited it as one of Morrison's most impressive albums.

AllMusic Review by

Beautiful Vision shares much sonically with its predecessor, Common One, being heavy on long, winding song-poems, moderate tempos, dense lyricism, and dated production. Still, this winds up being a stronger articulation of what Morrison was attempting to do on Common One -- much like howWavelength got A Period of Transition right. That doesn't mean that this is a particularly easy album to warm to, since Morrison seems to be consciously creating an insular world here, only of interest to those willing to delve deeply into his own world, letting his elliptical melodies charm instead of frustrate, to let the leisurely pace seduce rather than lull. Once you do that, the record reveals such charming moments as "She Gives Me Religion," "Beautiful Vision," and "Cleaning Windows," a skipping light R&B tune that became one of his latter-day standards. Too much of Beautiful Vision is the product of a willfully idiosyncratic yet oddly measured vision to make it essential for anyone other than diehards, but moments such as that make it worth a listen.