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Beautiful Vision

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Van Morrison 7/12/1988

Review

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 how Wavelength 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Northern Muse (Solid Ground) Van Morrison 4:6
  3. 2 Celtic Ray Van Morrison 4:12
  4. 3 Dweller on the Threshold Van Morrison 4:50
  5. 4 Beautiful Vision Van Morrison 4:11
  6. 5 She Gives Me Religion Van Morrison 4:27
  7. 6 Cleaning Windows Van Morrison 4:44
  8. 7 Vanlose Stairway Van Morrison 4:13
  9. 8 Aryan Mist Van Morrison 4:0
  10. 9 Across the Bridge Where Angels Dwell Van Morrison 4:32
  11. 10 Scandinavia Van Morrison 6:39

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