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Thirty eighth studio release from the legendary Irish singer is an album of jazz standards

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  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Morrison serves the lyrics where he needs to (I Get a Kick Out of You), and breathes unexpected life into songs sullied by ubiquity (Unchained Melody
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    For the most part, it’s a masterclass in jazz phrasing
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  3. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    Just like the title suggests, the album provides ample support for the argument that Morrison is one of the most versatile musicians of all time
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  4. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s hard to imagine spending over an hour with these 16 tunes and not coming away with an appreciative grin and an acknowledgement of the singer’s timeless talents
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  5. 6.0 |   All Music

    Versatile certainly has its flaws and will likely appeal mostly to longtime fans, but Morrison invests himself in each tune, singing as if he wrote them. This is head and shoulders above similar efforts by his peers
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  6. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    A collection of deftly arranged, impeccably phrased jazz standards
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  7. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Van pays homage to the great jazz songbook. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   Q

    Van outswings Dylan on Tin Pan Alley classics. Print edition only

  9. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is a rote and low-energy jaunt by Van Morrison through the Great American Songbook
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  10. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Let it be noted that Versatile is far removed from the man’s masterworks. Rather, it sees the 72-year-old revisit the music that originally inspired him
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