RELEASE
March 09, 1999
LABEL
Point Blank/Virgin
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll, Folk-Rock, Soul, Album Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Album Review

After so many songs ranging through so many styles, it is a pleasure to have Van Morrison return to the music that suits him so well. Steeped in blues and R&B, Back on Top finds Morrison celebrating life and its pleasures to the limit. The up-tempo "New Biography" takes a sharp stab at those who say they know him just so they can see their names in print. "Golden Autumn Day" is a near perfect summation of his music up to today and provides a rare glimpse into his personal life as well. On this and other cuts, Morrison sounds like he's taken a lesson or two from tourmate Bob Dylan, and there's a thread that runs from Dylan's recent work right on through to this one. "Goin' Down Geneva" is a great blues cut, while "In the Midnight" is bedroom music, pure and simple. "Back on Top," the title track, swings along with such ease that you're tempted to check and make sure you didn't put in Moondance by mistake. The meditative "When the Leaves Come Falling Down" even will remind one of Morrison's meditations on Astral Weeks. No matter which track you pick, there's not a weak cut here.
James Chrispell, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Goin' Down Geneva
  2. Philosopher's Stone
  3. In the Midnight
  4. Back on Top
  5. When the Leaves Come Falling Down
  6. High Summer
  7. Reminds Me of You
  8. New Biography
  9. Precious Time
  10. Golden Autumn Day