Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Outside of the circles of his most dedicated fans, the arrival of a Van Morrison album in the 21st century has not been a news event. That trend stopped last week, however, when Morrison, 75, released "Latest Record Project, Vol. 1," a 28-track double album that includes eyebrow-raising song titles such as "Where Have All the Rebels Gone," "Why Are You on Facebook?" and "Stop Bitching, Do Something." This album is now very much news: Variety published a list of "The 10 Craziest Lyrics" from the record, while the Jerusalem Post rounded up all of the claims of anti-Semitism implied in his song called "They Own the Media" and other lyrics scattered throughout.


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This turn toward the alt-right didn't come out of nowhere. Broadly speaking, Morrison's career arc looks something like this: He went from being a brash teenage wunderkind with his band Them, to a promising young solo artist ("Brown Eyed Girl"), to a moody, soulful poet casually creating masterpieces ("Astral Weeks" and "Moondance"), to a middle-aged curmudgeon showcasing occasional moments of brilliance ("Common One"), until he slowly devolved into a boozy-uncle type, cranking out boilerplate blues LPs while leaning on his earlier legacy to fill concert halls.


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If you've been reading about what he's been writing and doing throughout the pandemic, this album would not come as a big surprise.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-11 11:39 AM | Reply

Yep, agreed.
Thought this was a nice summation and review.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-11 12:02 PM | Reply

Everything is fine until you criticize jews.

It's the only group of which no one is allowed to speak.

#3 | Posted by kudzu at 2021-05-11 12:16 PM | Reply

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