Southpaw Grammar (2009 Expanded Edition) Import, Original recording remastered
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VAUXHALL & I might deserve its reputation as Morrisey's best solo record, but overall SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR is my favorite; I like it even more than that other rockin fan fav YOUR ARSENAL. Of course, anyone just getting into Moz needs to start with the band that launched his career, the legendary Smiths (any studio album of theirs will do nicely but THE QUEEN IS DEAD is typically considered to be their best).
Here are some personal impressions of SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR from an actual southpaw:
"The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils" - orchestrated with sweeping strings and brooding atmospherics including a squalling guitar in the background, the opener clocks in at 11:15. All-out rocking ensues midway through. This song is about the misery a typical school teacher must endure these days. "Say the wrong words to our children/ We'll have you arrested." *****
"Reader Meet Author" - a rather average Morrissey pop song, made all the more average for following "Teachers," but it's agreeable enough and it does rock along nicely. Also has some nice orchestral flourishes.Read more ›
Before Morrissey was ever the Ringleader of the Tormentors, he was alot
of other things. Such as the tormented man who wore a Union Jack Flag
around him to protest against something or another. And then what about
the rock and roll quiffs?
Anyway, Southpaw Grammer stands out for its 11 minute intro song, and
it's 8 minute outro. Your ears are treated to intelligent lyrics and
tons of arrangements by the guitarist Alain Whyte. Who really does
know his F# from his Gb.
As always there is plenty of sarcasm, tongue in cheek lyrics, humour and
so forth. Once again something to think about on the way to work. Or take
the week off, buy all of this man's albums and see if going to work
again really has any significance.
True, the original was hit and miss but this 2009 edition is a knock out. Expanded and re-sequenced by Morrissey, his wittily self-deprecating liner notes also shed light on why this album never landed the way it should. I suppose it all could be summed up in Reader Meet Author when it begs the question, "have you ever escaped from a shipwrecked life" ?
Southpaw was never intended to be accessible anymore than it was a self-indulgent vanity project. It's aim was to take risks and give the band a chance to stretch their muscles. But if Teachers overwhelmed as opening track, here Boy Racer greets you, kicking things off on more concise, if deceptively chipper note. Placed near the end, Teachers acts as climax where it served as oppressor before. Same can be said for placing the brooding 10 minute epic, Southpaw in the middle. Elsewhere Reader Meet Author and Dangenham Dave are highlights as they were then. And if the rousing but schizophrenic Operation seemed disjointed before, now it lands with a punch.
Beyond the re-sequencing what sends this into 5 star Morrissey territory are the inclusion of some very choice but essential unreleased tracks. Lord knows why they never made the original. Among them Fantastic Bird lives up its name. You Should Have Been Nice To Me comes in after Teachers and lends both much more poignancy. As for the sweeping ballad Nobody Loves Us, its up there with the likes of I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday. One of his finest love songs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
UK Buyer. Crazy as it sounds, I couldn't get this as a CD or download in the UK, so was happy to see it available in the US. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BritPaul
If you're into The Smiths, you're going to love Morrissey as a soloist. He's good. He's better than good. Read morePublished 15 months ago by By CJs Pirate
What a perfect way to revisit one of my favorite Morrissey albums! Newly remastered, new track sequence, 3 previously unreleased tracks, interesting liner notes by Moz himself,... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Julyguy
"Southpaw Grammar" isn't my favorite Morrissey album. Not even close. That'd be "Viva Hate" or "Bona Drag," with "Your Arsenal" placing third. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Bernie
First off: I'm a fan for about 25 years.
I've listed to countless bootleg concerts/demos/outtakes of his CDs and demos of some of the songs from this CD. Read more
This was the only Morrissey CD I hadn't lent my ears to, yet! My fault! The album is great, just as the other ones he released! Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by I. Duarte
Just listen to "You Should have been nice to me" I dont know why Morrissey did not include this trackin the original version or put it out as a b side. Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by Natan 66