You Win Again

You Win Again

by Linda Gail Lewis

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You Win Again

Over the course of a peerlessly individual four-decade recording career, Van Morrison has taught his fans to be prepared for the unexpected. So the artist's latest, seemingly left-field departure -- an album of duets with Linda Gail Lewis, seminal rocker Jerry Lee Lewis's piano-playing kid sister, on a set of '50s-vintage rockabilly, country, and rhythm-and-blues covers -- shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to longtime observers. Though casual observers might suspect that the project could be a case of the artist coasting between more self-consciously serious (i.e. self-penned) projects, You Win Again is no throwaway. Morrison remains one of rock's most distinctive and compelling vocal stylists, and he invests these chestnuts -- including Arthur Alexander's "A Shot of Rhythm and Blues," Ray Price's "Crazy Arms," Bo Diddley's "Cadillac," not to mention a trio of familiar Hank Williams tunes and the Jerry Lee Lewis number "Let's Talk About Us" -- with an unmistakable passion that makes clear his emotional investment in the material. And the artist finds a surprisingly formidable partner in Lewis, who does an impressive job of keeping up with his jazz-inspired vocal curveballs. The album's sole Morrison composition, "No Way Pedro," underlines Van the Man's effortless mastery of the bedrock styles that form the foundation of his complex artistic persona.

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Release Date: 10/03/2000
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724385025822
catalogNumber: 50258

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