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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (March 5, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: March 5, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002LOM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Our Frank
2. Asian Rut
3. Sing Your Life
4. Mute Witness
5. King Leer
6. Found Found Found
7. Driving Your Girlfriend Home
8. The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye
9. (I'm) The End Of The Family Line
10. There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends
11. Tony The Pony

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I love that "laid back" music style that suits Morrissey's voice and nostalgic lyrics so well.
"bob9997"
In the recent 2013 reissue, Morrissey has applied his revisionist approach to yet another album, with little success.
JAlexander
I've always loved the songs "Our Frank" and "Mute Witness", but thought the album was a bit too plodding.
gegj0004

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bob Stei on November 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Spring of 1991: I am a 20-year-old student a Manhattan College in the Bronx. I remember traveling the 1/9 train subway with my friend and college radio partner to Tower Records downtown. Remember: There was no web, no leaks, and no previews. I remember it was chilly, and I was still getting over being dumped by my first college girlfriend. All I wanted was to hear this cd. I bought it and read the lyrics on the subway heading back to my dorm room.

"So how did I end up so deeply involved with the very existence I planned on avoiding?" is staring at me. Almost a paraphrase of what this girl had just told me before kicking me out of her dorm room a month ago! The chilling lyrics come from Kill Uncle's "Driving Your Girlfriend Home" which remains one of his best songs to date- a beautiful poem featuring honest lyrics repeated by a chilling base line.

For weeks I was glued to "Uncle" and 14 years later it remains on my all time favorites. A collection of rock, jazz and opera type songs, a collage of feelings and ideas.

"Our Frank" is a clever pop song mocking someone who takes him or herself too seriously. "Our frank and open deep conversations, they get me nowhere, they just bring me down" kicks off this brilliant album. "Asian Rut" is a brilliant opera duet including a violin crying about prejudice in the English school system. "Sing Your Life" is a fun, rockabilly style piece offering people 15 seconds of fame, years before the reality craze took over. "King Leer" is a jazzy selection mocking him and a love affair gone bound. Other favorites include "Found Found Found" "(I'm) The End Of The Family Line" and "There's A Place In hell For Me And My Friends."

Maybe the critics in 1991 were confused by the deepness of the context both lyrically and musically of "Kill Uncle." It's a must for any cd collection.

Bob Stei

WZZO

Allentown, PA
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on April 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I started reading these reviews expecting to find other Moz fans raving about what a great record this is. Imagine my surprise to find most people thoroughly trashing it!

"Your Arsenal" is excellent as is "Vauxhall and I". "Bona Drag" is also awesome, but.. I have to say.. "Kill Uncle" is the disc of his that I find myself returning to.

Yeah it's got some clunkers, but the good tracks here are outstanding. They have a laid-back style with songwriting and musicianship that perfectly complements Moz's one of a kind voice and wry wit.

Our Frank, Sing Your Life, King Leer, Driving Your Girlfriend Home, The Harsh Truth of the Camera Eye
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "bob9997" on August 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I don't know why most fans dislike this album? It's the first Morrissey record I bought and is definetly one of my favourite! I love that "laid back" music style that suits Morrissey's voice and nostalgic lyrics so well. Wonderful lyrics might I add maybe the best of his solo career: "I'm just passing through here on my way to somewhere civilized and maybe I'll even arrive maybe I'll even arrive?"(Asian Rut) Or: "You have a lovely singing voice a lovely singing voice and all of those who sing on key they stole the notion from you and me."(Sing Your Life)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Medina on January 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Many reviews for Kill Uncle are nailing their own specs on the floorboard. Those positive reviews, I would have to agree with.

I however will only say that although it was Clive Langer (one of the producers of Kill Uncle) as stating the album being "Unfashionable" and, I may agree for its time, however is a well crafted, engineered/mixed and produced album. The album is superior in crisp overall productions. Morrissey's songwriting is witty and well sung. Mark E. Nevin (guitarist/songwriter) provided, yes some rather bleak compositions however nonetheless, a masterful arrangement of chord song structures and melodies. Bedders, the bass player layered the album with some mean double bass playing and arrangements complimenting the songs overall and those attaining the rockabilly feel (i.e. Sing Your Life, Tony the Pony (issued on the US cd). The drumming from Andrew Paresi is without a doubt masterful and exquisite with unique solid intricate drum playing and patterns and arrangements. Put along the remaining additional tracks produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley recorded after the Kill Uncle sessions such as Pregnant for the Last Time, Skin Storm, My Love Life and I Have Changed my Plea to Guilty and, add the b-sides to the singles for these sessions would make for a more suitable enthusiastic and memorable album. This album, although may not be so popular and single oriented, it is quite unique in itself and a great lost masterpiece.

I do hope there are others that agree with me aside from those previous reviewers...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gegj0004 on May 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a review of the 2013 Remaster of "Kill Uncle"

"Kill Uncle" was never my number one favorite Morrissey album. I've always loved the songs "Our Frank" and "Mute Witness", but thought the album was a bit too plodding. The reworked track running order works so much better, in my opinion. I like that "Our Frank" is followed by "Sing Your Life", since there is so much energy in these two songs. And,although it is from a few years later, "Pashernate Love" really does add some much needed muscle to the album. The cover of Herman's Hermits "East West" is a lovely and poignant addition. Finally, I've always much preferred the KROQ rendition of "There's a Place in Hell..." over the cabaret-esque one originally on the album, so this change improves the album significantly.

The sound on the remastered album is excellent! The drums are sharper and crisper, and Morrissey's vocals are much more prominent. It's a much more enjoyable listen this time around.

I know that purists hate the way Morrissey changes album covers, track running order, adds anachronistic songs, and so on with his remasters. I personally don't mind that he does it. I mean, it's one of those idiosyncratic things that makes Morrissey Morrissey and not Bruce Springsteen or Michael Stipe.
Morrissey is a professional eccentric and that's what I love him for.
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