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Johnny Marr, one of the most celebrated guitarists in the history of contemporary music, presents his debut solo album, The Messenger. The album features Marr front & center on vocals & guitar, & represents our first chance to capture Johnny Marr s musical vision exactly as he envisioned on the first true solo album of his career. The Messenger was written & produced by Marr himself. Best known for his work alongside Morrissey as the creative force behind The Smiths, Marr has continued his career as an official member or touring guitarist for a diverse array of acclaimed bands since.
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  • Vinyl (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / Ada
  • ASIN: B00AJ3TNGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Johnny Marr frequently wears a badge with one his favorite Aldous Huxley quotes:
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

Johnny's music IS the inexpressible. Words...fail. You feel it more than you can describe it. It transports. It lifts. It's best to just plug it in, and listen LOUD. Headphones on in a darkened room. Or driving around "with the windows down." Slowly the light changes, the clouds lift and you find yourself worlds away. Just like that, you've missed your exit. And you're happier for it.

"The Messenger" is all that we love about Johnny Marr, unleashed in one fell swoop.
There's the boot stomping Motown soar of The Right Thing Right; the lush, soaring romance of the title track; the psychedelic snarl of Sun and Moon; the gentle sweep of New Town Velocity; the brooding sadness of Say Demesne and just when you think it will all end with a wistful sigh you get the double punch knock out of Word Starts Attack.

My current obsession is The Crack Up, which has one of the sexiest riffs unfurled in decades. It begs to be a single. But then every track shows why the recently crowned "Godlike Genius" is so essential to modern music.

"Hello you mystery"

Words may fail when trying to pin down the genius of Johnny Marr. But...this album? It's ACE.
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First album to give me goosebumps in a long time. I think Johnny Marr has saved all his best stuff since The Smiths for this brilliant album. I could trash my whole CD collection and start fresh with The Messenger if I chose to, it's just that great and encompasses so much of what I love about music all from a fellow teetotaler (so rare to come by in music like this) and Aldous Huxley fan. For someone who spent his formative teen years listening to Strangeways, Here We Come as The Smiths were disbanding straight into Morrissey's epic Viva Hate and all that other great stuff in the late '80s (The Cure, Love and Rockets, The Church, Echo & The Bunnymen to name a few), it doesn't get a whole lot better than this. I sampled close to half of this before it arrived and am happy to say even the stuff I avoided spoiling until I got the CD in my hands all holds up to and in some cases surpasses the first few tracks I'd heard. "The Right Thing Right", "European Me", "Upstarts", "The Messenger", "New Town Velocity", and "Word Starts Attack" were all awesome when I previewed them, so I was really pleased that the rest like the spectacular "Lockdown" along with "Generate ! Generate !", "Say Demesne" (a touch of Billy Idol's "Eyes Without A Face" and an epic Cure song), and "The Crack Up" (could have easily fit in on Strangeways) all held their own and then some. Really can't imagine any other lead guitarists from other bands being able to do what Johnny Marr has done here. Heck, didn't know he could do it either, but here it is!

From seeing him perform with The Cribs on Letterman (that's a good band even without him still in it) to seeing him on Portlandia in the bit with the bicycle parking it's been a cool lead-up to this masterpiece. I'd love to see this set live, so please come to San Diego!
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Johnny's best work in years. This is a well produced and well written album that oozes mojo. Signature Made vibe is there with updates and twists. Vocals are spot on for the genre. If I had anything slightly negative to say it would be that there are one or two songs that you expect Morrissey to be heard, but they are still handled well.
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Heard "Upstarts"on the car radio & googled it as soon as I got home. Found the video on YouTube & then had to buy the cd. Haven't been this excited about new music in a long time. Give it a listen.
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I pre-orded this album in January after hearing and liking The Right Thing Right and Upstarts. And I decided not to listen to the preview of the whole album the week before it was released, and I got this album yesterday, and I can say I am very very impressed with this album. Johnny Marr is an absolute genius and the songs on this album are fantastic and very well recorded! I think he's a great singer and he's a great songwriter. One track off the album I can't stop listening to is "Lockdown", brilliant tune!
This album is worth the money and I guarantee fans won't be disappointed.
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From the first notes of `The Right Thing Right' you know Johnny Marr means business. It's a cross between The Jam jangle, Ian McCulloch vocal prowess, and that driving rhythm that pushed so many of The Smiths great songs(there were many). There's even a touch of Cheap Trick bombast that starts the song out. You listen to this opening track and wonder why it took Marr so long to put out a proper solo release. Sure, he had Johnny Marr and the Healers back in 2003. But he was still under the protective umbrella of a band. For the first time in over a 20 year career Johnny Marr is on his own, without the watchful eye of old lady Morrissey or countless other bands that were fortunate enough to have Johnny Marr sling guitar in their bands and ultimately make them more important and better than they actually were. Is The Messenger a game changer? It depends on what rule book you're playing from. Either way, it's a great album to get lost in for a little under an hour.

I often wondered how Johnny Marr lasted as long as he did with Morrissey. I mean sure, The Smiths were amazing, and Morrissey had a big part in that. But without Johnny Marr's musical magic it would've been nothing more than Stephen Morrissey's Oscar Wilde impressions. Johnny Marr provided the lush musical pages onto which Morrissey could write his scathing verbiage. There might not be the stories of naught Headmasters and girlfriends in comas, but the drama is still retained in Marr's knack for great melody play. On The Messenger Marr seems to be making up for lost time, as the musical scope ranges from Smiths-ian drama to punchy power pop to straight up rock `n roll. `I Want The Heartbeat' and `European Me' are great and dramatic tracks that could've sat nicely on an Smiths album.
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