Music

B-

Too Long in Exile

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Van Morrison; Guest Performer: John Lee Hooker; Producer (group): Polydor

If all 15 cuts were as lithe and wry as the title track, we’d have a winner here, maybe even a masterpiece. Or at least Morrison could have shortened the album, limiting it to a) the seven songs on which he’s joined by the subtly smoking rhythm section that accompanies that fabulous title cut, and b) two more in which he duets with the breathless, darkly electric bluesman John Lee Hooker. Instead we get a meandering stew and a grade much lower than its best moments would deserve on their own.

Originally posted June 11 1993 — 12:00 AM EDT

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