Greg Sandow
June 11, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Too Long in Exile

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Van Morrison
guest performer
John Lee Hooker
Producers
Polydor
genre
Rock

We gave it a B-

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.

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