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After becoming something close to a god on the alternative rock scene with the Smiths, Morrissey went solo in 1988 and reeled off eight albums for Sire/Reprise, the best of which are collected here. Rarely has rock been so literate, sensitive or complex; favorites here include Suedehead; The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get; Everyday Is Like Sunday; Interesting Drug , and The Last of the Famous International Playboys , while two rare singles comprise the collector enticement.

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Morrissey hasn't released a new album in several years, but that hasn't put a damper on the willful eccentricity of his discography. "Best," in this instance, means not most popular but most characteristic. This American greatest-hits set is very different from its British equivalent, Suedehead, omitting half of his U.K. chart singles in favor of a curious lineup of high-aesthetic album tracks and B-sides, reportedly picked by the Moz himself. The original idea of Morrissey's solo career was to reach beyond the stylistic confines of the Smiths, but these songs are in basically the same line of work, with first Stephen Street and later Alain Whyte and others playing the Johnny Marr role of guitarist and musical foil. Generally, they're overmatched: "Interesting Drug" and "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" still have a wry buzz to them, but a lot of these songs are little more than vehicles for the star's lyrics and unstoppable vocal presence. --Douglas Wolk

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
  2. Suedehead
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday
  4. Glamorous Glue
  5. Do Your Best And Don't Worry
  6. November Spawned A Monster
  7. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
  8. Sing Your Life
  9. Hairdresser On Fire
  10. Interesting Drug
  11. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
  12. Certain People I Know
  13. Now My Heart Is Full
  14. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
  15. Sunny
  16. Alma Matters
  17. Hold On To Your Friends
  18. Sister I'm A Poet
  19. Disappointed
  20. Tomorrow
  21. Lost


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005R1QH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Erica Anderson on November 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am not all that familiar with Morrissey's music except for hearing an occasional song on the radio but not knowing the title of the song. I thought I would get myself a little more acquainted with his music by picking up this album. Needless to say it didn't require much for me to fall in love with his wonderfully witty and sarcastic lyrics, and the addictively infectious pop/rock melodies. All the songs amazingly catchy. I automatically fell in love with Morrissey's crooning. His voice is reminds me a bit of Chris Isaak, Elvis Presley and Raul Maolo (the ex-lead singer of The Mavericks). For once I can't say what songs are my favorites because all of them are incredibly melodic with some of the most superb songwriting skills ever. Picking a particular favorite song out of this excellent collection of some of Morrissey's best work is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Some of my favorite songs include "Certain people I Know", "Hairdresser On Fire", and "Suedehead". After hearing this album I definitely know for sure that I need to start checking out Morrissey's other albums like "Viva Hate" and "Your Arsenal". "The Best of!" for me was a just a sample of the greatness that is Morrissey.
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Morrissey seems to have a hard time pleasing anyone: fanatics are upset because this is not new material or doesn't include all their favourites; Smiths fans are upset because the music doesn't come up to Johnny Marr's best moments (as poor Morrissey sings knowingly on "Do Your Best and Don't Worry": "Compare the best of their days / With the worst of your days / You won't win"). Personally I'm somewhere in between, so this compilation suits me perfectly. The music is infectious and often quite inventive ("Suedehead"? "November Spawned a Monster"?
"Interesting Drug"?), the lyrics are quirky, funny, touching, and often insightful, the voice unique and (if it happens to capture you) addictive. Don't believe those who say that all Morrissey sounds alike, either, there's a lot of musical variety
here, from the trademark Smiths jingle-jangle guitars to bizarre dance music ("November Spawned a Monster"), glam rock ("Glamorous Glue"), some funky moments ("Sister I'm a Poet," "Interesting Drug"), 50s sock-hop pop ("Sing Your Life"), and torch ("I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"). Also don't believe those who say he's "miserable"--these tunes are upbeat and the lyrics by and large hopeful and uplifting, though always wittily realistic. Right for Morrissey fans who are less than fanatics and as an introduction to the King of Alternative Rock.
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This is an incredible compilation of great songs for anyone not exposed much to Morrissey's solo work or great career with the Smiths. I can honestly say that "Interesting Drug" is one of the best songs I've ever heard, and every song on this greatest hits sounds amazing. I HIGHLY suggest grabbing this CD if you want to be exposed to a truly great musician both as a vocalist and lyricist - Morrissey.
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Morrissey has released as many compilations as he has proper albums, and this one covers his entire work from 1988's "Viva Hate" through 1997's "Maladusted." The familiar tunes are here, including "Suedehead," "November Spawned..," "The More You Ignore Me..," and "The Last of the Famous..." But some other key songs are also missing. I'd gladly trade in "Do Your Best and Don't Worry" for the excellent "Will Never Marry" or "I Can Have Both." Plus, I'd be happy to see "The Loop" or "Pregnant for the Last Time" in exchange for the album track "Glamorous Glue." Most notable of all, "Ouija Board" is not present on this disc, proving that Morrissey has since grown truly embarrassed by this song. Nevertheless, this is an overall fine collection of tunes from one of the UK's last great poets.
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"The Best of Morrissey" is the Morrissey greatest hits collection for the American market. In Britain, and here in Australia, we get "Suedehead: The Best of". This version covers the first ten years of his solo career (1988-1997), and contains 21 tracks.

I remember when I first heard Morrissey's music. It was the last year of high school, and I was studying Oscar Wilde in literature. To help me study, I went on the net and searched the P2Ps for "Oscar Wilde", in case there was a reading or performance of one of his works I could download (I don't use that sort of thing these days, mind you). Nothing much came up except for something by a "Morrissey". I downloaded it, and there was a smooth voiced man speaking passionately on it about how incredibly quotable Oscar Wilde is, and how he thought that the upcoming "Importance of Being Earnest Film" was hopefully going to be really big. At the end of the track, there was a snippet of a song sung by Morrissey, singing his heart out. I found out much later the track was "Alma Matters", a kind of an appropriate song lyrically for the last year of high school. At the time, I had no idea, but I wanted to hear more, so I ended up getting a couple of compilations, one from his old band The Smiths, and the other from his solo career. Catchy tunes, witty lyrics, great voice, I quickly became a fan.

A lot of rock listeners prefer The Smiths to Morrissey's solo stuff. Though the quantity of classic tracks is a fair bit higher of a Smiths record than a Morrissey solo CD, I do prefer a good Morrissey solo song to a good Smiths one. The production is brighter, playful and colorful. The band toys with a lot more styles than The Smiths did.
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