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Here's my rankings of Morrissey's solo career, excluding most greatest hits and singles albums (except "Bona Drag).
1) Viva Hate - maybe just because of my sentimental memories of this record when it came out... Favorite tracks - 1,3,6,7,11 & 12 - 5 Stars
2) Years of Refusal - Just a great album - Favorite tracks 1,3,4,5,6,8,11 & 12 - (worth noting I despise track 7?) - 5 Stars
3) Bona Drag - compiled of singles, but most in record form for the first time. So many great songs! - Favorite tracks 1,3-9,11,13, & 14 - 5 Stars
4) Your Arsenal - Another great album, and unlike Bona Drag, this is a true album - Favorite tracks 1-3 and 7-10 - 5 Stars
5) Ringleader of the Tormentors - Easily could be rated higher if not for a couple of slow duds. Several amazing songs on this record, esp. tracks 1,3,7 & 12 - 4-1/2 Stars
6) You are the Quarry - tied with Vauxhall and I - like "Ringleader", a couple of weak songs prevent this from being a 5 star album. Favorite tacks 2,3,5,7,8 & 12 - 4-1/2 Stars
7) Vauxhall and I -a really good album, might deserve better than # 7. Favorite tracks 1,5,6 & 11 - 4 Stars
8) Kill Uncle - Many consider this to be Morrissey's weakest album... Favorite tracks 1,3,9 & 10 - 3 Stars
9) Southpaw Grammar - An admirable attempt at longer songs... Morrissey's band, however, should never outshine Morrissey, and he sounds out of sorts through much of this album.Read more ›
It doesn't hurt that the album includes the stellar "All You Need Is Me," but there are many other standout tracks, including "It's Not Your Birthday Anymore," "..Arms Around Paris," "...Squeezing My Skull," and "...Goodbye Will Be Farewell". The album really rocks and I have it cranked up in the car all the time.
Take "Mama lay softly on the riverbed" for instance, marching beats give way to a son's dark and melancholic lament over his mother's death. "Mama, who drove you to it? Was it the pigs in grey suits persecuting you? Uncivil servants unconcerned at how they frightened you".
"Black cloud" with it's quirky catchy tune sounds very much like something by his alma mater, The Smiths. The interesting "When last I spoke to Carol" marries intermittent flamenco guitars and mariachi horns with a Latin-style rhythm.
"Sorry doesn't help" is sunny and bouncy, contrasting the sombre lyrics, "Sorry won't bring back my love" he whines. Similar is "That's how people grow up" with splashes of operatic-sounding vocals. "One day goodbye will be farewell" is upbeat and charming with lyrics alluding to death and urging one to appreciate loved ones while they are still living. It has a brief mariachi horn break.
There are just two ballads and they are both outstanding! The swelling Phil Spector meets U2-sounding "It's not your birthday anymore", and "You were good in your time", the latter a cinematic sounding song with stirring strings, crooned vocals, and an eerie sounding electronic coda.
Morrissey is still ill.
This is an album bursting at the seams with rocking guitars, ambitious flourishes, and the most lovelorn lyrics Morrissey has written for years.
From the splendidly ludicrous mariachi frills of "When I Last Spoke To Carol" and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" to the full-throttle power pop stomp that is the opening "Something Is Squeezing My Skull", he has never been more sure of himself.
"That's How People Grow Up" is one of the most honest songs he has written, about the narcissistic arrogant swine that he could be: "I was wasting my life always thinking about myself" he intones over Boz Boorer's driving guitar riff.
Despite approaching the critical middle age line, he still sings with the swooning self-pity of his Smiths days.
"On this ninth solo outing his backing music is at times uncomfortably cosy, but his complaints (about prescription drugs, horrid journalists and, naturally, lovelessness) are yelped, gurgled and growled with the old élan. Long may his adolescence continue". -Michael Deacon
The album was produced by Jerry Finn, responsible for his resurrection on "You Are The Quarry", who died shortly after the record was completed.
My highlights: "That's How People Grow Up", "Something Is Squeezing My Skull' and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell"
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The last album ever produced by the late Jerry Finn. This has some of his most aggressive tracks in years. Has a nice flow and some live staples. Get it.Published 7 months ago by Gregory Thomas Polard
A very good comeback, rocker than ever, poppier than ever. The second of step of a new phase of Morrissey. The ninth album in a good shape. 12 great tracksPublished 11 months ago by gogermengo
Fantastic record. Bought it from Amazon a few months ago and finally got a chance to listen during a snow dat today. Features aggressive guitar sound, driving rhythms. Thumbs up.Published 12 months ago by Robert Connolly
I love that album I love the music very strong Leric everything you do until today you never disappointed me continue Morrissey from ZionPublished 12 months ago by Zion Sason
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I don't. Sorry, but wouldn't it be nice if Amazon had a deal - Buy Vinyl and get the MP3s for half off. Or free, of course, would be better.
Feb 6, 2009 by Scott Balikian | See all 3 posts
It said on the myspace page it was 3.99 but when I came here it is now 8.99. I was going to buy it but I would rather go to the store and buy it now because if I am going to pay that much I would rather have the physical CD.
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