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Vauxhall And I

Morrissey

1994

Vauxhall And I

Album Summary

Vauxhall and I is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock musician Morrissey. It was released on 14 March 1994, by the record label Parlophone in the UK and Sire/Reprise in the USA.

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Rating

2.97

Votes

4229

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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I have somehow managed to never listen to The Smiths or Morrissey in my life. I really liked this album. It’s really good! Morrissey’s politics, on the other hand 😬. Yikes.

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Why is he so sad?

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Now My Heart Is Full - Pretty generic rock thus far, I think it had some bearings on future Coldplay releases? I can hear a lot of 90s. It's definitely not my favourite track. It is a bit catchy. Morrissey's voice is as smooth as ever, though. Not impressed by the guitars, can do a lot better. Springed-Hill Jim - The bass. The bass. I like it. Using samplers. This is Morrissey more like you've heard in the Smiths. This rocks more. I like the sampling. I like how it fits within the narrative of the song. The man is obviously a whore. Billy Budd - Rocking backtrack. I like it. The guitar is kind of psychedelic, very Hendrix-y. But it's overshadowed a bit by Morrissey's voice. Definitely my favourite song so far. Is this song a reference to the novel? Hold On To Your Friends - Nice little melody, I guess. I think this is going to a ballad. Social commentary on capitalism and happiness? Meh.... a bit hypocritical . The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get - I can fuck with this instrumental. I like it. It's.... Unique. A lot of repetition of lyrics throughout the album, especially regarding time. I like this track-- But it feels like Morrissey is just Morrissey. And Morrissey is a controversial figure. I can sort of hear a Pixies-like... Parallel. The distortion of the guitars are a treat and I feel like the instrumentals are what shines on this album and Morrissey could be removed, I'd enjoy these songs more. Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself - A groovy little piece. It's nothing extraordinary but it does its job. The commentary continues through the album through repeated imagery and lyricism. It has a recurring theme of death and loss and acceptance of death and loss. I Am Hated for Lovin - I like the instrumentals a lot. It's a good song, I'd heard it before. I don't know what else to say. It is kind of devoid of the usual rock and forced "agony" for lack of better words of the Smiths, it feels like a very very bittersweet goodbye. May be acceptance is really the recurring theme and motif of the album? He just doesn't belong, he doesn't have many friends... Morrissey needs a psychiatrist and a therapist, not to release albums. This feels more and more like a suicide note. Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning - Oh, I love the instrumentals. This is baroque rock. This is very worrying, as worrying as it is pretty. The poor girl didn't deserve to drown, what is Morrissey on about? This is a real album with a theme of accepting loss and death. Makes me want to read into his mind state when writing this. But the instrumental shines and even his vocals and his vocal delivery is very different. "Please don't worry..." Yeah, suicide notes have been written to sound happier than this album. This album will kill the mood if you play it during sex. The girl at the end is literally being silenced by the cymbals... She died. Used to Be a Sweet Boy - This is a pretty decent song, I guess? But very samey... Which is a problem with this album. Something went wrong? And he's not to blame. Is that his relationship with his father? I feel like I should have some context for this album, far more than is provided. Otherwise, we don't feel the "pathos" or the "acceptance" as much if we are not already initiated to Morrissey. The background vocals are amazing though, very angelic choir-like. Is Morrissey talking about himself dying or having died and being an angel now? The Lazy Sunbathers - World War? I'm sorry... I don't get this one. War is bad, I guess? But he seems like he's accepting it. This album in general is grim. It's a bit of a kill-mood, it makes you feel a bit depressed. And if that's you want, then sure, this album is for you-- All of you weird folks out there. Speedway - Oh, this song is faster. Chainsaw massacre? This is odd... Definitely cool but very grim very very very grim. A decent finisher to this "album", I think he's released all of his anger and got the pathos he sought. Score - If you know Morrissey and you like Morrissey, then... Sure, this album might be for you. That is, if you want to feel depressed. In that respect, it does really well; it conveys the artist's emotions but requires an already-existing bond to be able to be experienced fully. I would give it a 3.5/5... It's certainly not bad, but it's not on the podium for me. It's just shy of a bronze metal.

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Alright, alright, fine! Just stuff me with vegetables and fuck me already. Fuckin' Morrissey just won't give up until he's got a parsnip up my ass and is greasing up his penis and waving it in my cabbage filled face.

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You know, pre-comeback Morrissey isn't as bad as post-comeback Morrissey but it's still pretentious, self-centered, sad-sack twaddle and I'm not here for it.

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twat

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MOZZA!! He's such a prick. I can't emphasise that enough. But this is a great album both lyrically and muscially. Its still not as good as the Smiths though. 4/5

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6.5/10 FT: The more you ignore me, the closer I get

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Not listening to this shit. Fuck Morrissey

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God I hate morrissey

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Seriously, fuck this guy.

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5

I like the sound of this one. This is one I would consider buying and would look into more of his music.

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5

I bought this for my dad back in HS. He was a big Smiths fan and didn't have any solo stuff. I didn't really like it as much at first. When I relistened in college I fell in love. No skippable songs. Biggest standouts are the more I love you, Lazy sunbathers and speedway. The album really ends on a bang. The drums on the last song are killer.

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This is cool, I didn’t really know what to expect from morrissey but I like this

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This was way too relatable.

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5

Cool 90-S pop. Clean and rich sound!

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Really liked this one. Somehow it put me on a very good mood.

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cool

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5

Classic Moz. Well, he has better albums with or without Johnny Marr but this is still really good stuff with some essential songs for any fan. Moz always gets a 5.

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Is this my first solo Morrissey? I think it is, I know which albums of his are on the list and three of them might very well be his top three albums. I think I slightly prefer "Kill Uncle" over "You Are The Quarry" but it's not my list, is it? Besides this is "Vauxhall And I"

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I hate Morrissey but pretty good album

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moody, check, yodely outburst, check, it's Morrisey.

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false

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Regrettably this is pretty great

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Great indie

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Solid

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Not bad

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Difficult person but some really good songs.

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Surprising a d almost funny. Take a Smiths album master tape, go to the mixing desk and slide every channel containing Johnny Marr's guitar parts down to zero. What you will be left with is this album. It's good, but it would have been so much better with him.

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Geweldige stem vind ik dit. Liesjes op zich niet zo spannend maar die stem is echt erg prettig om naar te luisteren.

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4/5

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Vauxhall and I- Morrissy (1994): 7/10 Right off the bat I am impressed with the sound. The epic guitar and drums intertwined with Morrissys vocals is really captivating. We are off to a great start. Next, we have a mellower track that really showcases Morrissys cryptic writing style, with an intriguing use of what seems to be… Radio chatter? In the background. Once again, I am impressed by the guitar on the next track. “Hold onto your friends“ has officially converted me to this style of production, plus I’m digging the message lyrically. The next track starts out on a riff that’s borderline iconic. This stadium filling sound is really something. An upbeat haunting acoustic tune comes next, and I’m not complaining about this one. “The lazy sunbathers“ has a great message about complacency during difficult times. Album finishes epically with “speedway”.

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Moral Sea

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I'm just going to put this out there - this is the first time I've listened to this or any album by Morrissey in its entirety. It came out in the early '90s when tween/teen me was preoccupied with grunge, which spoke to my soul. I'd heard some of his solo work but just a song here or there. But I listened to it three times. I can see why so many friends and acquaintances are/were big Morrissey fans. He taps into that melancholic, misunderstood energy that so many feel. His voice is lovely and soothing, the music was easy to listen to.

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I probably need a few more spins to process and make sure I truly love the album, and it isn't just Moz trying to seduce me with those baby blues on the album cover. So far, Morrissey's solo work lives solidly right there in the 4 area for me. Which, hey, is nothing to crow about. I can't help but wonder if all that's keeping him from classic status is either the willingness to eat meat or enjoy having sex. No one needs a good lay as badly as Morrissey does.

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Dude's a d-bag to the nth degree, but hell if he can't make pretty music with a great voice.

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I'm a Smiths / Morrissey fan but this album. So ehow escaped my orbit. There are some absolutely gorgeous so gs on this album. As usual his band is spot on...they sound amazing the rockers like Billy Budd; ROCK! The more subtle songs like the beautiful I am Hated For Loving and Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning are arranged with beautiful tasteful touches. The album is lovely from beginning g to end. Highly recommended. 4 🌟

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Pretty good. Makes good background music. Would listen again

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Albums Decent. Morrissey has a song here called I am hated for loving, That shit didn't age all that well too well, which is fucking hilarious. Dudes the worst. Fuck Morrissey.

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Actually enjoyed this a lot, shame he’s a cunt

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The perfect definition of a solid four star album.

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I don't know, I got into this one. I'm listening to "Speedway" again right now, matter of fact. Maybe there's hope for me as a potential Smiths fan yet?? Or does me liking this one mean the opposite? I'm really confused here.

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Well...I don't like his politics but fuck, if this album doesn't deserve to be on here I don't know what does. Despite being an unrepentant narcissist and all-around absurd person, Morrissey is an incredible musician. Not only do I get the appeal, it's kind of my thing. It's the mopey teenager in me. Why are so many famous people such weirdos? Probably because you have to be bizarre to actually want all of the trappings of fame. There's really not a skip on here for me. That said, still prefer his work with the Smiths. Fave track: Now my Heart is Full or Moon River. Got a good laugh out of him saying "I wrote that" at the end of the latter too. Haha

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Siri unique voice and sound on this album.

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Morrissey is a piece of shit and a sad excuse for a human being. But damn is he an amazing songwriter. If you are able to separate the art from the artist with Morrissey his catalogue is a fantastic lesson in music history especially in The Smiths era. And if you don't know how The Smiths wrote music it's worth learning because it is a strange situation that became wonderful art. All that being said this is an amazing album. It opens strong and then "Spring-Heeled Jim" is a weird track and "Billy Budd" falls flat. "Hold on to Your Friends" has a beautiful guitar part. "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" reminds you that Morrissey is a creep while backed by a great song. The next two tracks just feel like classic Morrissey but nothing too special to me. "Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning" is strange vocally but solid musically. The next two have that classic Morrissey sound again and "The Lazy Sunbathers" is my second favorite song on the album. "Speedway" I think is the most progressive song on the album, it somehow balances the Morrissey sound with a much more progressive musical sound that is an energetic masterful way to end an album. Morrissey is a 0/5 person this album is a 4.5/5. If Morrissey wasn't a shitty person and was more of a musician I'd be inclined to give it a 5, but I'll stick to a 4.

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Great album

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Had to check but apparently rated Your Arsenal with 3 stars and wondered why that Morrissey album was on the list. I knew Vauxhall and I is a better album but had not listened to it for at least a decade or so and forgot how much better it is. It contains exactly quite a number of 5-star classic Morrissey songs and I liked it a lot (4 stars, but at the high end so 8/10).

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I must have missed this album rating it. I know I listened to it, but I went ahead and listened again. It's still good.

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On one hand, this is a Morrissey album with songs that just sound like most Morrissey albums. On the other, I really like Morrissey albums.

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It's good, it's a more polished pop version of the Smiths. It's perhaps his best album. 3.5 for me but I round up.

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3.5

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An excellent Morrissey album that I imagine will improve with each listen. 4 🌟

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I was not excited to have a Morrissey album to listen to. While I haven’t a lot of experience with his music, I have found him a bit downbeat and dreary in the past. So I had a little apprehension about the next 40 minutes. I needn't have worried... I found this album really enjoyable! Catchy, upbeat tunes that grew on me even more on subsequent listens. What a lovely surprise!

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The best of Morrissey is being moody and lovely. This is both.

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I find myself going through periods of loving Morrisey, and loathing in equal measure. Generally means that depending on which day I'd give this a 2 or a 4 star review. Today is a 4 star day.

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What a charming young album!!

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I never really cottoned to The Smiths, and I know just enough about Moz's current political views that I had to hold myself back from groaning as I queued this up. But once again I was surprised. I dug this record, pure and simple. Great production, some killer guitar work, catchy melodies, and the dude knows how to write lyrics. At the risk of being canceled for liking this, I will definitely dive into more of his solo work.

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Oh no. Alright, let's see if I have a new take on this cat. Going into it, my bias is strong. I always found Morrissey impossibly whiny, verbose, and just plain unlikeable. Not the guy I'd like to get stuck talking to at a party. And god damn... another revelation. This album is pretty damned good. Morrissey is nowhere near the insufferable git I remember from The Smiths. I'm hearing a quirky crooner with a bit of an attitude and a penchant for the creepy, which I have to admire. The songs are fairly straightforward on the surface, which is just fine, as it lays the foundation for some cool textures and arrangements that are well done and interesting. And Morrissey uses his voice to great effect, with his melodies sometimes going in odd but familiar directions and his lyrics painted just outside the lines of what most any other writer might arrive at. I'm teetering on a 4, but thinking it's a 3.5. The fact that I'm considering a 4-star review for a Morrissey album is the most surprising thing about this endeavor to date. Couple that with McCormick going low on Marvin Gaye and Marianne buying Limp Bizkit merch and we're about to open a portal to the Upside Down. It's freakin' apocalyptical.

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Great album, too bad it had to be Morrissey the person. I will never stop laughing when I see Morrissey wearing his own swag.

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Kicking off with Now My Heart is Full, instantly nostalgic and remembering a time when it was OK to like Morrissey, because he wasn't obviously a terrible cunt at this point. Also, remembering that Morrissey really did used to be terribly good. Hold on To Your Friends, words to live by as you get older and it gets harder. Lifeguard Sleeping is great too, really unique on the record. This is a terrific album, and easily his best solo effort, for me.

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Mature and balanced, a very good record and by aiming for more understatement than in previous efforts, Morissey wins bigger. The controlled melancholy works beautifully. This is how pop stars can/should age gracefully.

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Art 8/10.....Artist 0/10

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Moz is at his croony best. Every song feels like a desperate attempt to redeem something the poor bastard is longing for. It’s missing that Johnny Mar touch he had with The Smiths.

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One of his best solo albums. There's a rare fragility to his voice that really carries this project forward Anyway the Queen died while I was listening to this so that's a bit mad

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Morrissey never disappoints. He always delivers music that is versatile yet never lacks his own signature touch. Yet another good album with a perfect runtime

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Not half bad. It felt like something that The Smiths would do if they had started in the '90s rather than the '80s, with some of the twinkly arpeggios swapped out for fuzzy or acoustic hooks. The quasi-genre of "crooner sings while his backing band plays a chord progression" isn't usually one I go for, but with the right accoutrements it can be a fun listen (see also: early Scott Walker). Best song: Billy Budd, which is punchy and melodic enough for my tastes.

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It's okay. Best track: Used to Be a Sweet Boy

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Pop/rock, poetisk, fængende, The Smiths

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Very solid. Songs too repetitive. Great sound quality. Good lyrics. Not my type of music but still can appreciate it.

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Good but Smiths>>>

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Jos ei tietäis esittäjää niin voisi luulla kuuntelevansa Robbie Williamsin myöhempää tuotantoa. En sitten tiedä onko se hyvä vai huono asia, mutta taustamusana meni kivutta läpi.

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I'm a huge fan of The Smiths, so naturally, I've always appreciated Morrissey's over-the-top emotion that he injects into his songs. And yet, while that is very much on display here, there's just nothing here that really stands out. All the songs oscillate between decent to good, and yet, after several listens, I can't say that I'm all that inclined to revisit this album anytime soon.

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Sounds like the Smiths (no kidding) but not as good? I mean, it’s fine enough...

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Meh

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Gleich die nächste Morrisey-Platte (vorgestern hatte ich die Viva Hate). Nicht ganz so gut wie die Viva Hate, bisschen langweilig, zum Ende hin besser. Mäßige 3 Sterne.

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6,5

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Chill stuff

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It’s fine. Not something I really liked or disliked. I can see how this would appeal in certain moods or stages of my life.

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Very nice starting. Has the same sadness that his work with the Smiths had. Albums has some gems that have lasted the test of time like "The more that you ignore me, the closer I get". Which thinking about is kind of a creepy song.

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I have never really paid much attention to Morrissey and the guy's a well-known prick. But he made good music back then and this album sounds very 90's, which, in my book, is always a good thing.

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It is a fine album with great lyrics... He has done better though

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Actually pretty decent if you don't mind his voice. Not as good as the smiths but better than his other solo stuff I'd heard

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Kolejna mocna osobowosc muzyczna, bo sam Morrissey, czyli wspoltworca kultowej dla kazdego doomera, gloomera, czyli The Smiths, ale jest to albumik juz z czasow dzialnosci solowej, o ile dyskografie smithow przesluchalem, nie mialem okazji nic z solowych projektow morrisseyowych sluchac, vauxhall i ja, tytul sugeruje upoddobania do marki mobilka lub dzielnicy londynu ktora slynie z gejowskich klubow, ktora interpretacja tytulu jest poprawniejsza tego nie jestem pewny, ale czy jest to nadal to samo kowalowanie po 10 latach, jesli chodzi o spiew to tak, glos sie nie zestarzal, a spiewa nawet lepiej, bo nie ma forsowanych wysokich partii, co do instrumentalnej czesci to jest ona bardziej roznorodna niz za smithowych czasow, bo slychac rozne gitarki, klawisze, drumsy, ale brzmi to tak jakbys gdzies to juz slyszal, calosc jest rowniez o wiele wolniejsza niz cokolwiek co slyszalem od mirrisseya, stad pewnie nie ma ciagniecia wysokich oktaw, ale najbardziej oddalony od tego co slyszalem jest ten albumik pod wzgledem lirycznym, jesli smithy byly buntem przeciw przedziwnieniu w muzyce poprzez teksty opowiadajace proze zycia z punktu widzenia mlodego czlowieka skazanego na zaglade i niepowodzenie, ale jednak probojacego, tutaj okres ten jest juz dawno pogrzebany i stara sie on o tym caly czas przypominac od now my heart is full lub na used to be a sweet boy, ktory tez kawalek wrzucam na plejliste razem z hold on to your firends

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3/5. A solid Morrissey album but not something I would ever choose to listen to again.

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I do love a bit of Morrissey (although definitely not the far right, slightly racist bit). This is a pretty solid solo album. Obviously not as good as The Smiths, but much closer to it than Jonny Marr’s solo stuff.

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3

Still sings well..

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meh. very 80s. low 3. almost a 2 but at least its not as overplayed.

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Nothing like ending a good week with Morrissey driving me to self harm. Actually a better album than I expected with a few very solid tracks.

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Je n'ose plus ouvrir mon application Spotify depuis que j'ai eu affaire à la cover de cet album, mettant en scène Cookie Dingler absolument nu, nous fixant de son regard gris acier.

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I personally have never been a big Smiths or Morrisey fan but this album was fine, exactly what you’d expect.

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This is fine. I especially liked the chainsaw in the last track.

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Morrissey will be permanently tainted by his wacko views so like....This is reliably good but Morrissey definitely lacks without Johnny Marr, if this is his best idk what to expect of his other material.

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Not super familiar with the smiths or morrissey but good album.

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Pretty boring you need to be in a specific mood to enjoy it to the fullest

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3/5 - I prefer the Smiths

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meeehhhhh

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Ok

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Not the mopey lugubriousness I expected. Liked the urgency of the playing, the way the songs build in counterpoint with the studiously unperturbed vocal and the dash of sly wit. Would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

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Nothing really stood out for me. I listened a few times. I really wanted to like it. I think it needs more time to grow on me. For now, it's just ok. Hold on to your Friends is nice... The More You Ignore me... Is very good.

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passable road trip music. uncomplicated rock with some goopy thudding English vocals

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Probably not as enjoyable as The Smiths. But Morrissey still brings his songwriting and vocal skills to this album

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3. I love the Smiths, but Morrissey as a person? A bit difficult for me not to think of that while listening. Slightly uninspired sounding and seemed to drone on at times. It's fine, but nothing special for me, which was disappointing. I was waiting for a spark or a song that really stood out, but it just didn't happen.

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Niet zo spannend als the Smiths, maar toch een heel aardige plaat.

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Ik vind Morrissey tof. Ook solo is de sound van The Smiths niet ver weg.

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Fijne stem, maar ik haak toch iedere keer vrij snel af.

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Chill music for the background. Not very interesting music

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Good album from Morrissey

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Ergh. Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before. Again it's quite good...he's makes good music. Just a shame he's such a bad crab.

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well that was annoyingly better than i was expecting it to be. he is still a monstrous cunt and the shite on the trainspotting bowl. I like how he clearly got a quitarist and told him to listen to johnny Marr and just play as close to his style as you can. like a smiths rip off band featuring the real morrissey.

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3

Morrissey brings his unique reverse Midas touch to some sublime music and makes it a bit shit.

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Morrissey's vocals have a mysteriously melancholic quality that helps put Vauxhall and I ahead of most Indie or Chamber pop releases. While I can appreciate the passionate introspection and powerful poeticism, Morrissey's breathy drawn out vocals make most tracks sound earily similar. 3/5.

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Me pasa de nuevo con Morrissey: la música me llega a agradar mucho, pero su voz no la tolero por periodos largos. De hecho, los Killers tienen un cover a "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself" y me encanta, especialmente porque es con otra voz. En fin, sin poner mayor atención a la voz y (por lo que leí de Casper) a su formita de ser, le alcanzaría para más estrellas.

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O Morrissey fora dos Smiths possui um instrumental mais interessante. É o segundo álbum dele que ouço e a diferença é notória. As músicas são engraçadas e no geral é um álbum interessante. Nota: 6/10

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Really decent effort in Morrissey's solo career. I noticed an abandonment of the heavy synths of his earlier solo albums in favor of more modern techniques. But his voice is still so direct and emotional with lyrics on matters the character is so terribly confused about. Production techniques (e.g. the background conversations in "Spring-Heeled Jam" or bells in "Billy Budd") work super well and complement the subjects. But just like the synth-heavy sound of The Smiths, the melodic symphony amplifies the emotional energy of the songs, giving an entirely new perspective of Morrissey's artistry. Album reaches it's creative peak in the middle. Beginning felt slow, and last few tracks stagnated (but had a fitting closing track). Honestly, I do much prefer the 80s albums, but I do admit this is a very impressive 90s direction of his career. Favorite tracks: "Hold on to Your Friends", "Why don't you find out", "I am hated for loving"

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I have a love/hate relationship with Morrissey, and this album reflects that. Some of these songs I liked a lot, others not so much. 3 stars.

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Morrissey is one of those artists that I wish I would have explored more deeply before finding out that he's a racist twat. I do enjoy this music, but the menacing face staring at me from the album cover is unsettling.

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Prachtige stem, wist niet dat hij veel solo werk had gedaan maar als je The Smiths leuk vindt spreekt je dit ook zeker wel aan.

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What’s wrong with me - all pretty enjoyable. Wouldn’t say I spent much time listening to the lyrics but I found a lot of the music really good and varied

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lol literally just yesterday I slagged Morrissey off in another album review, and now here he is today! Bring it on, ya miserable cunt. Ok yeah just more of the same shit. not unlistenable shit though, at least not for 40min. His vocal phrasing is kinda unique and he the lines are always just shy of what you're expecting. 3/5.

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Led to better with music radio but his voice is weird

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3/5 okayish, but didn't make the cut.

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Not bad. Apparently this generator is 70% brit pop but this was better than most.

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I would lie if I'd say that this music does not touch me.

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Even though I don't enjoy listening to music from racist douchebags, I gave this one a try. It's ok. But he still sucks. Fav tracks: Speedway, Used To Be a Sweet Boy

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The thing is that, the more Morrissey sings, the more the listener realizes that he is always singing the same song, and maybe some songs do not need to be sung even once. (6/10) FT: Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself, The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get, Now My Heart Is Full

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Has a good voice, not super interested in the music

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Fair album, I like the sound of the guitars. I like Speedway too

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It's alright.

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Nije loše. Ima nekih dobrih pisama

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Morrissey is a shit but he does have a way with words and a mordant wit that I do enjoy despite this. The music itself isn't exactly the stuff that floats my boat - pleasant enough but unambitious - though fundamentally listenable. Separate art from artist and this is pretty good! Pretty good! I'm fine with this, really! Not bad!

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Haven't really listened to much solo Morrissey. There's still a fair amount of stuff I like carried over from the Smiths. Not a fan of the slowed down stuff, though, and the breathy "Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning" was especially horrible. I could almost go to 4 stars for this, but minus one star for Morrissey being such an absolute prat. 😡 Fave track - "Spring-Heeled Jim" - kinda ambient Smiths!

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Is it unfair to compare this to the Smiths? I loved them, but haven't really listened to his solo work. It's not too bad

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Sogenannte Mindestmusik.

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Morrisey always confuses me, I start off thinking I hate this music, then there's always a certain line or riff which totally hooks me. 3 just because this misses a major stand out

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Like a warm angsty hug. Makes me think Ben Gibbard grew up on this

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He's such a weird person in music. I didn't dislike this as much as I wanted to. There's no How Soon is Now or There is a Light, but it's completely listenable.

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Ultimately a good record, if a hair forgettable

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This album started good; surprisingly excellent, honestly. I thought I might end up begrudgingly loving it. But, true to form, Morrissey's head slowly became stuck further and further up his own ass as the songs went on.

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Here comes trouble - a solid case for separating the art from the artist. Manchester's most miserable son doesn't do anything different here; indie rock. You either love him or hate him - the music that is; I'm not sure anyone likes the man (including himself). Best Tracks: Now My Heart Is Full; The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get; Speedway

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Morrisey is unfortunately a racist.

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Enjoyed it. Probably not quite enough to get a 4 but its a high 3 for sure.

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Didn’t get to the end due to extenuating circumstances but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be ! I’ll never be a Morrissey fan but this wasn’t half bad ! 3*

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Easy listen. Nothing that really stood out to me but it was good relaxing background music

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I like The Smiths and Morrissey in general. There's nothing that really stood out for me, but I still get a kick out of the depressing lyrics and turns of phrase. That chainsaw break is also pretty sweet!

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Maybe it was the dehydration headache I woke up with or the noise from the roofers that started too early at my house this morning but there were several moments today when I thought, "I think Morrissey's voice is making me nauseous." Other than that, I didn't find this album to be particularly remarkable.

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I am not very familiar with Morrissey's catalog of songs and definitely not this album. I have not been inspired me to seek out more.

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2.5 Not his best album, but "National Front Disco" is a standout track.

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Totally skippable Morrissey, it's fine but oh boy it's not for me.

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Ack! Morrissey again?! Just when you thought he couldn't possibly have another album on the list, there he is again, the King of the 3 star rating, staring straight at you from under his carefully groomed eyebrows.

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Estilo y voz inconfundible. Pop británico tranquilo para escuchar en cualquier momento. Personalmente, no es mi estilo. Demasiado blando

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It was ok but a bit mopey

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Oh I just LOVE Morrissey. While I'm more familiar with The Smiths' work rather than his solo stuff, as soon as those first notes leave his mouth I'm swooning. Hold Onto Your Friends hit me hard today. The More You Ignore Me could be a Smiths song, which makes you realize that The Smiths was so much Morrissey...even that guitar, though not played by Johnny Marr here, sounds like it could be him. (It's Alain Whyte on the guitar btw.) As a collection of songs, I enjoyed listening so much but as a cohesive Album I must hear before I die...well, I'll just go right down the middle: 3.

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fuck morrissey

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Average.

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Not his best work

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First half of album was really good. Back half became more mellow. LISTEN TO AGAIN.

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There are some beautiful songs on this album, and amazing guitar lines, but the slow tempo and his similar singing on each song, no matter how unique his voice is, makes it hard for the album to be more than a 3.

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3 I absolutely adore The Smiths and Morrissey, but I've always been of the opinion that, while The Smiths produced great albums, Morrissey solo only produced great tracks. It seems his ego took off around the same time his solo career did, and it shows (though the absence of Johnny Marr is also glaring). Still, he has some absolutely amazing songs... that aren't on this album. In fact, as a Morrissey fan, I was kind of surprised to see this album here, as I've always found Your Arsenal and Viva Hate to be miles ahead of this one. I can only hope those albums made the list if this one did, and if they didn't (or even if they did), do yourself a favor and listen to the below songs: Suedehead Everyday is Like Sunday I Know Very Well How I Got My Name Glamorous Glue We'll Let You Know Tomorrow Jack the Ripper Back on the Chain Gang and my personal favorite: Seasick, yet Still Docked Favorite songs on this one: Spring-Heeled Jim, Now My Heart is Full, The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get, Hold on to Your Friends

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3.5 First The Smiths, which was excellent and now this which was pretty good, I’m really starting to buy into this whole morrissey guy. Catchy and interesting to listen to. Some middle stuff that kind of blended together but I think I will be listening to this again.

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So song #1, Now my heart is full, reminded me of previous 3 days!! Loved the line, "I can't explain, do I won't even try to". Maybe it was the day, maybe it's the after glow of the the previous couple days, but I actually liked listening. Nothing particularly stood out, but a good listen. A good 3, with a 5 for Now my heart is full

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Vähän muniinpuhalteluosastoa. Ei tehnyt vaikutusta

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This was the last Morrissey album I paid any attention to... and now I remember why.

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This is okay but Morrissey loses points for being a fascist

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Morrissey and the Smiths were not that popular in the Netherlands. I could easily endure the album. Nice to have heard but I don't think I will look the album up once more.

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zzz zzzz zzzzz zzzzzzz.... a ya acabó?

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Pues sí lo escuché. A pesar de que el señor morrisey me cae muy mal, una opinión neutral: Tiene dos rolas que están chidillas: why don't you find out by yourself y la de the more you ignore me the closer I get. Tiene cuatro infumables, totalmente odiosas, y el resto medio grises medio no pasa nada. Dos estrellas nomás porque no es kid rock.

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Me faltaron 2 rolas, pero ya no le vi caso

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Meh

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4.5

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I like the voice of the singer, but dislike the music.

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I feel bad rating another big name so low, but not a super big fan. The guitar is fine but Morissey's voice loses me in most songs. Like its good but its so soft and unique in a way I guess I do not appreciate like some other people in this group do (I am assuming)

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Meh, muito paradao e depressivo.

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Eh. Not my style

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Really nothing grabbed me on this album until the abrupt car motor in Speedway.

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Doesn't do it for me. Not a fan of Morrissey as it turns out

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Smiths mas só com o vocalista.

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yawn

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Not much here that I get excited about. I have the same reaction to most stuff I hear from Morrissey/The Smiths. But I haven’t listened to all that much.

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not for me. I already got a smiths record and it’s now my second morrissey record in less than a week, i'm a bit fatigued from his voice and vibe. props to him for having a consistent style? idk.

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La découverte de cet album commence par une sensation désagréable ; celle provoquée par le contact visuel avec une horrible pochette. On y voit le visage d'un homme qui semble en être très fier, trop fier. Ça commence mal. On aperçoit ensuite le nom de l'interprète : Morrissey. On cherche d'abord à comprendre l'intérêt esthétique de doubler deux consonnes dans un même nom et puis on abandonne. On écoute enfin la musique. Et c'est pas mal. C'est même pas mal du tout. Faute avouée à moitié pardonnée ? Non, monsieur. Que dit la règle lorsqu'on est confronté à ce type de situation ? On met une mauvaise note. La voici : deux sur quatre.

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Boring songs

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Largely forgettable.

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I have never been a big Morrissey fan. Just alright but I don't need to listen to this album again

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2.5 | Ibid Morrisey. Debo aceptar un par de cosas que para nada esperaba. El disco me gusto de nuevo musicalmente (nunca he seguido su carrera solo y asumí que la música probablemente no sería buena), la voz suena mejor que antes aunque todavía no logra ser algo que me agrade. Lo que más me llamó es la capacidad que tiene de evolución, en realidad no suena para nada como ochentero de los Smiths, se siente exactamente del año que es, debo de aceptar que tenía muy en el pulso la vibra musical del momento y la sabe aprovechar. Sin embargo de nuevo, no solo es "sombrío" sino que exagera a lo emocional y aterriza en la hueva en varias partes. Repetimos el punto de su finísimo carácter. Mejor de lo que esperaba (quizá mejor que lo que conozco de los Smiths). Sigue sin convencer o interesarme mucho.

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A few good songs otherwise droll.

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Meh, I liked the Smiths better. This is just too whiney. It's like listening to the Cure.

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Interesting

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"And I just can't explain so I won't even try to" from the opening track encapsulates Morrissey's outlook here - a wilful enigma, languid, unfortunate and eternally misunderstood

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Meh, it's Morrissey without the rest of the Smiths. He's too whiny for me.

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No thanks

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could've been worse

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Han låter inte speciell längre 1996.

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Känslan då smiths men sämre lyrik å sämre tjunes

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Haiku: It’s a creepy cover, Nothing really all that good, It was just OK. 5/10

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Strong 2, interesting lyrics

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nije moj đir :(

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God, I hate Morrissey. I hate his singing style, I hate his lyrics, I hate his personality. He doesn't make the worst music on this list, but he is one of the more unlikeable people making mediocre music on this list. I gave this album a listen and it's just so blah.

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A lot of decent songwriting on here, and of course Morrissey is able to sell them all to some extent, but generally the instrumentation and production is too bland and uniform for me to be too invested. Also, you are not "hated for loving", you are hated for hating. Favorite Tracks: "Now My Heart Is Full", "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get"

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Bits of this are good, but it’s also an excellent reminder of the extent to which Marr’s guitar makes The Smiths.

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don't care + didn't ask + you lost your dynamic after the smiths

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