Moondance - Warner Brothers - 1970
The album opens strong with "It Stoned Me", which both melodically and lyrically displays Morrison's great talent for songwriting. The jazzy title track is a favorite among many fans; personally I'm not a big fan of jazz, so it may actually be my least favourite song on the album.
"Crazy Love" is a soul inspired ballad. It can be hard to recognize Morrison's voice, dwhich here may remind you of Sam Cooke: at any rate a great song.
"Caravan" is classic Morrison; a song which would have fitted Robbie Robertson's "The Band" perfectly. "Into the Mystic" is for me the outstanding track. Great catchy tune. Leads my thought back to the overlooked Them-song "Mighty Like a Rose" With "Come Running" the speed goes up; a gospel inspired thing, which adds a lot to the positive and optimistic mood and tone of the album.
"These Dreams of You" is an easy little r & b thing. More Sam Cooke / The Band inspiration comes with the next key-track, "Brand New Day". The positive mood continues on "Everyone", which in addition to its nice melody is also remarkable in being almost pop-psych - a genre you rarely find Morrison connected to.
The final track "Glad Tidings" may be the nearest Morrison has come to writing a new "Brown Eyed Girl" - maybe not quite in the same league as this classic, but still a nice conclusion to an album that shows a Morrison from his optimistic and musically very inspired side.