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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Van MorrisonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000A55GR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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1. What's Wrong With This Picture
2. Whinin Boy Moan
3. Evening In June
4. Too Many Myths
5. Somerset
6. Meaning Of Loneliness
7. Stop Drinking
8. Gold Fish Bowl
9. Once In A Blue Moon
10. Saint James Infirmary
11. Little Village
12. Frame
13. Get On With The Show

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Wrong with these Reviewers December 1, 2003
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
Another 18 monthes, another very solid effort from the old jelly roll.
It's easy sometimes to take Van Morrison's impeccable professionalism for granted. Yet year in and year out, he continues to produce endearing records with style, grace and occasional verve. But its his inimitable baritone that embraces the listener with the warmth of a hug from an old friend, which is what it is.
I note that most people grow tired of his dour outlook on the music business, but I've always found his observational material quite forthright and often witty. Imagine still being dogged after all these years with the constant demand to assume his media-created role as Irish mystic or oracle, just because he recalled Yeats or Beckett with his poetic adventures on Astral Weeks. Its got to get tedious for him after awhile, and he has always steadfastly refused to play the games of others. Thus his perspective of such issues is as wry as Roger Waters or David Byrne, among others. The title track, "Fame", "Goldfish Bowl" and "Too Many Mythes" should be taken in this vein. In fact, on "Goldfish Bowl" he seems to reject the TV lifestyle of Ozzy Osbourne more than himself.
The jump blues of "Whining Boy Moan" and "Stop Drinking" are infectious, whether it be the fat brass or the rockabilly guitar. But its Van's enthusiasm that carries these numbers.
His vocal phrasing proves once again why his voice is a musical instrument, particularly towards the end on the "Meaning of Loneliness", and to great effect with the melody of "Get On With the Show".
My favorite moment occurs on "Little Village", which is one of those numbers that Van often comes up with that separates himself from his contemporaries.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Him Rant, Rave On November 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Man has a Golden Voice. Is there another singer over 55 who sounds this ebullient? If compared with other singer/songwriters I admire, like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Van shows hardly any wear from his Inarticulate days. And that was 20-some years ago.
But let's not dwell on the past. Some reviewers argue he complains too much in his lyrics about fame. Well, I don't necessarily see him talking about himself. The whole music industry, by peddling PERSONA instead of music, is the culprit. That fact that Van isn't as big as other "celebrities" just proves the point. Why are all those other shells on the cover of Rolling Stone? What's wrong with this picture?
Hearing this album through headphones-- a new-found joy for me-- I don't care if Van sings the alphabet, his voice is spine-tingling. And that chuckle in the title song, a slip of some kind, just shows that others take Van more seriously than he ever would.
Rave On!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Wrong With THIS Picture February 17, 2004
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When Down the Road was issued, I opined that it was Van Morrison's best recording since Too Long In Exile. Then along comes What's Wrong With This Picture and I have to go way back beyond "Exile", perhaps to Poetic Champions Compose, to find its equal. When I popped this CD in for the first time, I was extremely pleased, when I heard it several times again, I was floored by the continuing high level expression of Van's muse.
Yes, the CD does contain several self-referential songs on which Morrison appears to complain about the inconvenient aspects of fame, but they are excellent songs and are not musically redundant. But it also contains some of the most restrained, beautiful and soulful music of Van Morrison's career.
Sadly, Van Morrison gets almost no airplay on corporate franchise radio but fortunately has developed a huge fan base that will continue to buy his music for as long as he chooses to record. If you are hesitating as to whether or not you will add this CD to your collection, I strongly urge you to get it today.
There is not a weak song on the disc and you will find as I did that there is nothing wrong at all with THIS picture.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And All That Jazz January 10, 2004
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Van Morrison is prolific. He keeps turning out gems, sometimes blues, rock, folk, spiritual, worldly, joyful, sad, disgusted, elated, in love, out of love, sane & crazy; and now we have jazz! The title track opens with a string arrangement that harkens back to Etta James and builds with Keith Donald's clarinet as Van sets a soft soothing groove, "I'm not that person anymore... I left it all behind." My favorite track is the bubbly "Whinin Boy Moan" with a 50s boogie woogie beat as Van takes off on vocals improvising with a vocal freedom that is gloriously fluid, punctuated by Van's & Martin Winning's saxes blazing full tilt. This is classic Van. "Evening in June" boasts a gorgeous melody with a breezy feel taking us to a "sleepy lagoon." "You can even be lonely standing in your own backyard," Van sings on the slow slinky "Meaning of Loneliness," another blockbuster track. Van sets our toe to tapping with Lightnin' Hopkins' "Stop Drinking." "Goldfish Bowl" smokes a slow groove on a music biz song about the fallacies of fame. Another Morrison classic is "Once In A Blue Moon" celebrating the joys of falling in love, complete with a tango-flavored beat. Van smokes a slow smoldering groove on the traditional "Saint James Infirmary." (Jeremy Wallace did an excellent version of this on his little-known, but excellent, CD "My Lucky Day.") The CD concludes with another sterling track, "Get On With the Show," where Richard Dunn's organ gives a soulful groove. Van's set is amazingly strong, best of the year quality. He obviously had great fun; and so do we! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it so much needed to replace it
First CD I had got cracked; enjoyed it so much needed to replace it.
It was just what I ordered.

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Deborah
Published 26 days ago by Deborah McBee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sublime...
Published 2 months ago by M. strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any music lover, young or old.
Van Morrison is unique in his voice and style. This album is great and not a bad cut on here ! I highly recommend. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ken Hatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - & could not find it on EMusic
This was our first used CD purchase. We could not find the song from it that we were looking for as an individual purchased. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SteelOrdeal
5.0 out of 5 stars Van Morrison "What's Wrong With This Picture" used CD
I loved but lost this CD, and it's about $50.00 to replace new. (Blue Note Records)
But the used one from Amazon for $2.99 was perfect! Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by frank nitti
3.0 out of 5 stars Let the Whinin' Boy Moan
The three stars is based on Van-scale, otherwise it might be more like 4 stars.

As a fan of Van's more reflective, poetic, mystical and even bright, exuberant sides, I... Read more
Published on December 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing's Wrong with this Picture!!!
Van Morrison's CD is one of his finest. It contains one of the best versions of St. James Infirmary I've ever heard. Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by Frank Beckendorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnetise the leaves.....
I remember watching a TV show with Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot (rock critics from the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune respectively), and they reviewed this album. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Grigory's Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Roots
This album one must belong among the ones leaning most heavily on traditional blues/jazz from Van Morrison. Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Morten Vindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars VAN THE MAN STILL STANDING AND SINGING
As a music lover and I was around to attend the Woodstock festival. I was always captured by Van Morrison's singing style. Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by Louis Angelucci
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