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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 (July 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LUL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
2. Glamorous Glues
3. We'll Let You Know
4. The National Front Disco
5. Certain People I Know
6. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
7. You're The One For Me, Fatty
8. Seasick, Yet Still Docked
9. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
10. Tomorrow

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 07/28/1992

His fourth and finest solo album is, as the cover shot suggests, Morrisey's idea of hard rock. There's a gritty, glam feel to Mick Ronson's production (check the Ziggy Stardust cop on "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"), while the loud'n'rude riffs of new guitarist Boz Boorer banish memories of the Smiths. Best news: for once the songs focus on adult life, not the man's well-documented adolescence. --Jeff Bateman

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This album is one of the best made by the Moz.
Eric James Cooper
It just makes the bilge they pass off today as good music seem like complete PC crap!
With each song having such a strong appeal it is simply an amazing piece of work.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Henry Platte on April 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This has to be my favorite Morrissey-solo album. It's just more consistent than anything else; the mood, especially, and the quality (even Vauxhall had a few weak songs). Some albums just seem to be collections of the songs that the artist happened to record at that time, arranged in a way that makes some sense, but Arsenal feels as though it was really concieved of as a complete work of art. From track one to track ten, the swagger and edge is consistent, from happier tracks (You're The One...) to the expected melancholy ones (We'll Let You Know). Seasick, Yet Still Docked might be a bit over the top ("Wish I knew the way / to reach the one I love / there is no way"), but its blunt, tired frankness sets it apart from similar songs in the Morrissey catalogue, and the stereotypical Smiths fan should lap it up. Aside from that, though - this is certainly Morrissey's other side, here, hinted at even in his Smiths days with songs like 'London;' a fiercer, more robust presonality, fascinated with the more gritty aspects of his nation. The humor, of course, remains intact, with songs like 'We Hate It...,' and his political side is displayed in 'Glamorous Glue' (not, as some have bizzarely suggested, in 'National Front...'). The closing track, Tomorrow, seems to me to be the epitome of the album, mixing the traditional sentiments ("Would you tell me that you love me / Oh, I know you don't mean it") with this reinventive loud, unwilting style.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. on February 26, 2014
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If you're a fan of Morrissey, you know he usually botches his re-issues quite badly. You have deleted tracks, parts of songs edited out, wrong-era photographs for the artwork, illogical tracklistings, and flimsy packaging. When I first heard that "Your Arsenal" was to be remastered and re-issued, I braced for the worst. You see, it's not only my favorite Morrissey album, but it's his finest solo effort in general. All around strong, showcasing the finest artistic quality of any of his work. What if he would have deleted "Seasick.." or "You're the one for me, Fatty"? I was worried.

Like the sheep that I am, I placed my pre-order for the CD and for the vinyl editions in early December. There was no way I was passing up getting even most of these songs remastered!

Days after I place the pre-order, it's revealed on his website that this re-issue would come with a bonus DVD of the live show from Halloween 1991. Particularly special for me as it was my very first ever Morrissey live show! Spectacular memories of a great halloween just a few minutes from my house. I was just 21 and I'd never seen anything like it. Example: Girls loved Dave Gahan on the Violator tour the year prior, but no one ever tried to storm the stage and hug him. The Morrissey experience was one of a kind, and the DVD was a welcomed bonus. However, I must warn you that it's just a coverted video sourced from a VHS recording so the picture quality isn't the best, but the sound is great, his band is very tight, and you're immersed in the experience I got to witness live.

The CD, thankfully, is presented in tact with its original song sequence. There are rumblings from fans that he tinkered too much when he decided to present the slightly longer and more powerful U.S.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jon sieruga on August 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although it fades a bit in the final stretch, "Your Arsenal" rocks pretty hard, with Moz in complete rock star mode. He's moody, coy, pouty, sexual, asexual and ethereal(especially on the haunting "We'll Let You Know")and I found this to be one of his very best efforts. Encompassing all of his strengths and few of his musical weaknesses, the CD is tight, compact and extremely well-produced.
Also check out the live album "Beethoven Was Deaf", which includes much of the material found here in a live, rocking format.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on April 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
i had heard Morrissey songs before in the past and i didn't really have much of an opinion on them. they seemed fine for what they were...but i had a hard time grasping just what all the fanatacism was about. until i heard Your Arsenal. then i understood and the curtain was lifted to reveal the allure of the Morrissey mystique. this album holds alot of personal special feeling and memories with it, but as a stand alone album, it is a masterpiece and a modern classic. the music thunders with a swagger and a confidence that draws heavy influence from Bowie, T-Rex, and a host of old rockabilly bands. draped with the charming vocals of Morrissey, the songs shine with a charm and a vigor that is life-affirming. it's really quite impossible to hand pick the best songs on here, because they are all truly great. a shining example of how wonderful a solid a Morrissey album can be...and one that revealed a whole new world of appreciation. consider me converted!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dario Western on March 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was Morrissey's final album for the classically orientated HMV label in the UK, and what a brilliant album it is.

His 1991 album "Kill Uncle" was rather lightweight pop, and the following year he ditched the mediocre and turned to late producer Mick Ronson to beef up the guitars and deliver an album which relied heavily on 70's glam rock and classic rock'n'roll.

You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side: Nicking the bass line from the "Batman" theme, this is a fine opening for the album. It's about having someone whom you can't stand befriending you. 9/10

Glamourous Glue: Half the fun of this track lies in guessing the riffs that they're nicked from. You can hear influences of the Sweet's "Blockbuster" and a string quartet playing Gary Glitter's "Rock'n'Roll Part 1" in the middle 8 (strangely enough he is not credited on this track). It's about the Americanisation of British culture 'we look to Los Angeles for the language we use. London is dead, London is dead.' 10/10

We'll Let You Know: A gentle ballad about soccer hooligans with some discordant recorder playing, and some delicately scrubbed acoustic guitar. Morrissey sums them up well in the final line "We are last British people you will ever want to know." 9/10

The National Front Disco: Almost a sequel to Asian Rut, this is Morrissey's take on the power struggles between the white and black people in England. 9/10

Certain People I Know: Taking the guitar riff from T-Rex's "Ride A White Swan", this is a pleasant track about Morrissey's much publicised idols. I wish this had been a bigger hit in the UK than it was, but then again everyone else was too busy listening to bad techno.
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