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ON THE RECORD Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B After more than half a century in the business, it's no surprise that Van Morrison (born George Ivan Morrison) knows a thing or two about putting an album together. What can't be guaranteed after such an accomplished career is to still be sounding so good with his 34th album. Recorded in his hometown of Belfast, Born To Sing: No Plan B is effortless, cool and classy. Open The Door (To Your Heart) is soulful and an instant favourite, and both the title track and End Of The Rainbow are soaked in the blues. Close Enough For Jazz flows seamlessly, demanding feet, shoulders, head and more to come along for the ride. When Plan A is this good, there's no reason to look any further.

Tori Amos - Gold Dust Tori Amos will always be remembered for her extraordinary hit Cornflake Girl, her outstanding vocals and expert piano-playing making for a quirky yet memorable song which fully caught the public's imagination. Often compared to Kate Bush because of her similar swooping vocal style, the 49-year-old has never quite recaptured those heady heights, yet remains one of the most innovative female artists around. Gold Dust is another impressive release from the American, who now spends much of her time in Cornwall, with Amos's voice impressing particularly on Yes, Anastasia. The rest of the songs, apparently based on 20 years of conversations with various people, stand up well to scrutiny, particularly the title track and Snow Cherries From France. Those who loved Amos's earlier work will be delighted with this, as it is an extremely welcome return to top form.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 29, 2012
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