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You're driving me crazy with all the cover collections, Van
on May 16, 2018
Van the Man's third collection of covers (jazz and R&B classics, mixed with re-makes of some of his own) in a mind-spinning span of about 12 or 13 months is hands-down, far and away, the best of the bunch. He sounds engaged if not totally committed, and more importantly, he actually appears to be enjoying himself. Perhaps working with the great Joey DeFrancesco just brought out the fun in him, who knows. Classic tunes, first-rate musicianship, on-the-fly arrangements with space for the vocals to find their groove, You're Driving Me Crazy represents a marked improvement over Van's last release (the lifeless Versatile). All that being said, an album of all-new Van Morrison material is long overdue and would be most welcome next go 'round, yes? Three and one-half stars from me.