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Sense of Wonder
Van Morrison
Sense of Wonder
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. Universal. 2008. * Please note these are issued on Universal EU barcodes but are in fact pressed in Japan and include an OBI and booklet.

      
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All Artists: Van Morrison
Title: Sense of Wonder
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polydor / Umgd
Original Release Date: 1/1/1985
Re-Release Date: 7/14/1998
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Contemporary R&B, Soul, Folk Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731453754522

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. Universal. 2008. * Please note these are issued on Universal EU barcodes but are in fact pressed in Japan and include an OBI and booklet.

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Fresh Fall air (and airs) in Eire
buckwheatbarleycorn | Bala Cynwyd, PA United States | 09/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Autmunal images (seared orange, pale yellow and green leaves), meditative paens to nature's harmonious beauty and God's love, musical notations on being a solitary human being in a large and sometimes difficult world, a rootsy and jaunty celtic instrumental. "Pastoral and low key" would be some of the surest adjectives to describe "A Sense of Wonder;" "soulfully soothing and occassionally enthralling" would be my humble critique. There is a wonderful and rare spiritual cohesiveness and harmony to this delightful, deceptively modest album that is rare to find or even stumble upon in any period. You can smell the leaves on the air.


A Sense of Wonder qualifies"
SUBDUED CHARM
Pieter | Johannesburg | 07/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I do not think Sense Of Wonder is generally considered to be one of Morrison's essential albums, although it doesn't lack charm. Tore Down a la Rimbaud and Ancient Of Days are mid tempo ballads, the latter with intricate instrumental patterns, whilst Evening Meditation is a slow devotional number with wordless humming, a beautiful mood piece. The Master's Eyes is another slow hymn with particularly enchanting jangling guitar infusions. The title track is a spacey ballad boosted by impressive female vocals and some spoken vocals by Van towards the end. The pace picks up for Boffyflow & Spike, an energetic Celtic jig instrumental. The song If You Only Knew has a jerky, jazzy rhythm and is probably the closest track here to Van's unique style of R&B. It has lovely organ and sax twirls. Let The Slave is a meandering philosophical piece incorporating The Price Of Experience, a piece of spoken poetry whilst A New Kind Of Man is a melodic outing. Although Sense Of Wonder is by no means one of Morrison's best albums, I find much to enjoy here. By his high standards it probably deserves three stars but for the listening pleasure it gives me, I give it four stars."
Aptly named
buckwheatbarleycorn | 06/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While not quite achieving the same pinnacle as (say) "No Guru ...", this is still a very fine album. Van is at the peak of his form vocally, and, as usual, his collaborators are superb musicians. The title tune is lovely, and "What Would I Do Without You" is heartfelt without being sentimental. And the version of "Boffyflow and Spike" on this album has a jazzy "flow" that's missing from the livelier (but still delightful) traditional-instruments version he does with the Chieftains on "Irish Heartbeat." I found "Let The Slave" rather weak, not because of the material or the melody, but because Morrison's diction isn't quite up to it at times. His ventures into mysticism (e.g., "The Master's Eyes") are well done but tend to be repetitious. And what's with that Zorro suit he wears on the cover? But, overall, I like the album a lot."