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Van Morrison: A Period Of Transition and The Story Of Them

John Morthland, Creem, August 1977

A Period of Transition is a disappointing album, and at first I thought it was mainly because after his nearly three years absence, I expected something more galvanizing from Van Morrison. On one listening, it seemed to be right in that Moondance/Band and Street Choice groove, except it just wasn't grabbing hold like it used to. In fact, the album is more like a difficult "what's wrong with this picture?" puzzle in which everything appears right but still provokes a vaguely uneasy feeling.

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