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Viva Hate

Morrissey

1988

Viva Hate

Album Summary

Viva Hate is the debut solo studio album by English singer Morrissey. It was released on 14 March 1988 by HMV, six months after the final studio album by the Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come (1987).

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Rating

2.93

Votes

3754

Genres

  • Rock
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5

Not too many people or really anyone, can carry the desperation, longing, and hopefulness that Morrissey provides with his solo debut. Something about these bossanova beats and his crooning voice creates a melancholy dance and makes me yearn for unrequited teenage love and regret. Even though these heavier feelings emerge, I still am filled with happiness as the album makes it seem possible to go back to the past with new enlightenment and say things you never could’ve said then. Overall: fantastic record and the first 5/5 so far. Instant buy and a mark in the collection.

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4

Morrissey may have better albums than Viva Hate, but it's hard to go wrong with almost anything he's put out. Favorite Song: Alsatian Cousin

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3

Not bad but not good enough to justify his personality

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3

I like the Smiths alright, Morrissey's solo stuff less so. I think this album is saved for me by Vini Reilly's guitar work. I like his sound, particularly on "late night, maudlin street" with the delay. I find this album to be a bit of a drag. 2.5 rounded up to 3.

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There are some songs on this album that I would like if someone else sang them. In my review of the last Morrissey solo album we were sent, I said his voice had worn on me by the time the Smiths blew up. Getting another Morrissey solo album so soon after the first is like rubbing vinegar in the wound. No way this brother should have two solo albums in the 1001. If he has a third it's getting a 1. 

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5

Dark, humorous, and hip as usual. Great album!!

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3

Pretty good. Why is he so sad?

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3

Sonically there's a lot of interesting things going on here. Viva Hate has a very distinctive sound that's different to much of the Smiths output. Lyrically though, I don't care all that much at times for Morrisey's politics and social commentary.

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3

Fairly boring. Easy enough listen.

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2

I cannot stand Morrissey's Kermit voice. Songs sound alright, but that voice would ruin anything.

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2

Morrissey is like a few other talented douchie artists out there, yes I'm talking to you Van Morrison. Its hard to separate the art from the artist, but yet we must try to preserve the integrity of 1,001 rating system. That being said, I really find Morrissey's voice annoying and he seems to put out albums with one decent song and the rest is just dreck. Eg on this album its Everyday is like Sunday. On The Queen is Dead its only saved by There is a light that never goes out. Unfortunately one good song does not an album (that you have to listen to before you die) make.

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5

Creo que ya lo dije, pero Morrissey entra en la categoría de artistas que me gustan, pero que no escucho con tanta frecuencia. Este disco medio lo conocía, hace mucho no lo escuchaba y sí me parece muy bueno. Creo que Morrissey sabe hacer un buen balance de letras y melodía, si bien a veces no es nada espectacular. Pero de acá, "Suedehead" sí es una gran gran canción y en realidad no tengo skips, porque casi todas me gustan por igual. El final, hermoso con "Margaret on the Guillotine". Siempre político él, aunque se haya hecho nefastito. Viva Viva Hate! 9.5/10

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5

Está bien verga. Es un chingón.

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5

Si les gusta morrisey, medio ya sabían que esperar. Y este álbum cumple y siento que da todavía un poco más

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4

Okay

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4

Upon re-visiting, much groove. Much verve. Much emotion.

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4

Still full of The Smiths essence, all in all not too bad, only 1 or 2 bangers.

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4

I have listened to the Smith's some but don't know a ton about Morrissey (other than what I have heard from Jon) so I am coming to this more or less with fresh ears. I liked "Everyday is Like Sunday", so smooth and 80's in a good way. Like the spooky guitar work on "Late Night, Maudlin Street". I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would.

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4

Viva Hate sounds a lot more badass than the sort of middling whine he does throughout most of this album. I think The Smiths, and by extension, Mr. Morrissey here, are one of my favorite finds of this whole list. I really dig the sound. That being said, I really don't get the hardon some people have for him. Just look at him.

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Ennakkoasenne oli, että Morrissey ei olisi ihan omaan mieleen. Levyn alku oli kuitenkin yllättävän mukaansa tempaava, mutta kun samalla selätti bittejä, niin jäi taustamusiikiksi ja tuntui, että ei sitten kuitenkaan ole erityinen levy. Kuuntelin kuitenkin seuraavana päivänä uudelleen ja tokalla kierroksella tykkäsinkin taas enemmän levyn tunnelmasta.

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4

Critical listen during my sad, misundertood adolescence, and just a hair below his best from The Smiths, which is the only thing keeping it from a 5/5

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4

A notch below the Smiths

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4

This is way more the catchy Morrissey that makes it hard for me to denounce his notoriously eye rollable personality. Not quite the same level as The Smiths as a whole but definitely some gems on here and an overall decent album.

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4

Morrisey

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overall thoughts: I enjoyed this album quite a lot. I was already familiar w/ a couple of songs by the smiths, so it wasn't surprising that I was going to enjoy this LP. love the vocals, the lyrics. tho I will say that Bengali didn't really do it for me. also the margaret track thooo, get oofed. anyway, I can def come back to a lot of these songs, many faves. sum good brit indie rock rite here. fave tracks: everyday is like sunday, angel angel, late night, suedehead, I don't mind if u forget me

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4

Great album haven't listened to it in many years. Everyday is like Sunday is just such an incredible song. Top 5 Morrissey songs, including The Smiths output. Hardly a dud on the album. I'm tempted to give it a 5 star rating but 4.5 seems right which means 4 stars for this exercise

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4

Nice

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4

Good. Can’t stand his politics though

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4

Brilliant. Not just lyrically but musically and I found this surprising. I was expecting I'd need to really pay attention to the lyrics to appreciate this album fully but the music perfectly captures the mood and emotion of his lyrics and compliments his singing brilliantly meaning I could tune out every now and then and just enjoy the music. Will definitely be adding this to the listen again list and I'm sure it'll get even better with further listens.

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4

I'm remembering when this album first came out, on the heels of the Smiths' breaking up. All good Smiths fans took this album in with great anticipation, and maybe with a hint of disappointment. It's an early lesson that people move on and grow up, and do things we don't entirely appreciate or understand. I agree with others here that Morrissey's work in general is a notch below what he did in the Smiths. That said, this album is lyrically more mature and has some beautiful arrangements that you probably would never find on a Smiths album. I'm still moved by "Suedehead" and "Everyday is Like Sunday," as much as I was at 17. Nobody does sweet pathos and longing like Morrissey.

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4

This was an enjoyable pop album which I expected since The Smiths, The Queen is Dead, is one of my favorite albums ever. Really only a certain few tracks dragged on then it needed to be but besides that really enjoyed the brevity of the project. That being said Morrissey is a piece of shit cunt and an absolute dickhead I absolutely hate him as a person but I can't deny at the time his personality was not like this as well as his ideals. Peggy said it best "I cannot fucking wait until Morrissey Dies". 8/10

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4

morriseys voice is so fucking annoying but even that cant save it from this being an alright album :((( SHAME!!!

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4

Good but not amazing.

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4

Oh Moz, you’ve certainly made an impression on me.

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4

This isn’t bad. Obviously it’s not a scratch on the smiths. The vinnie Riley stuff adds something interesting.

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4

Classic.

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4

Not bad, Needed more time to listen

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4

I like how the songs keep it interesting with having a nice variety. I also enjoy the overall low-key mood of it, without it being a downer.

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4

I'm gonna be real honest. I'm giving this 4 because it sounds just like a Smiths album. From the powerful yet jangly synths, to the unique vocal style, and the introspective lyrics, there's little for me to dislike. Has a couple hits, several other tracks to sing along or dance off to, and only a few that are indisputably weak. Nothing new or crazy, except for some intriguing techniques here and there. It's a solid debut.

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4

Before he went all weird, I listened to this a lot on the original vinyl and loved it’s musical variety, despite being crushed that there wouldn’t be anything else from the Smiths. A great collection of tracks and collaborations. One of his best albums. Top tracks: everyday is like Sunday, late night maudlin street, suedehead

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4

nice

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papa maman les gars dsl j'ai aimé cet album

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4

J'allais mettre 3 mais le dernier titre est trop bien.

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4

C'est bien, mais 1 point de pénalité pour le racisme.

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4

Really solid follow up from Morrissey after the death of The Smiths. Similar to my feelings of that band, I enjoy this album best in brief intervals rather than the whole. Still, this I'd a very good album nonetheless. Favorites: "Alsatian Cousin", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Suedehead"

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4

Dark, morose and beautiful

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4

This is a pretty good album despite Morrissey's personality. Exceeded my expectations.

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4

The first album post Smiths from the Mozfather. Decent but missing the soaring Marr guitars. 4/5

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4

Morrissey’s first solo album strikes a different tone from his work with the Smiths. He has an incredible gift for melody and his voice and delivery style are iconic. There are some truly incredibly songs on this album. One song that I found challenging was ‘Bengali in Platforms.’ I know this song is controversial, and while I see how this song could be seen as darkly ironic, the use of the word ‘belong’ is a bit troublesome to me.

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4

Yeah, I liked most tracks. Since this was his debut record, it was very reminiscent of The Smiths. The guitar work here is really pleasant. Still don't like Morrissey, though.

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4

Vähän pehmeämpää kuin Your Arsenal, mutta edelleen jostain sydämestä tämä tulee. 4/5

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4

Oon aina tykännyt tästä vaikka ukko on aika sekasin. Hieno melodinen kokonaisuus 4/5

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So I'm 600 albums in and this will be the SIXTH time this morose cunt has appeared in the list: 3 Smiths albums and now 3 solo albums as well. SO FAR. Are you telling me that Morrissey is basically 1 out of every 100 musicians in the world? Fuck off Robert Dimery, you UK-centric piece of shit. No one wanted a soft advert for the UK music scene. If I'd known this is what it'd be when I signed up, I don't think I'd have done it. But in any case, this is a nice soft rock/pop album. In a more sensible world, this would have been the only Morrissey solo album included. It's really cruisy, story-like, the scungy UK council flat vibe isn't too full on and his vocal delivery is kinda perfect here. I even listened twice and I think I'll save it for future listens too. 4/5. Also, because I must have gotten out of the wrong side of bed this morning: everyone who goes "wahh Morrissey is such a bad guy, -10 points for all his albums", shut your holes. You're pathetic.

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4

The sound on this one is interesting to say the least. Was pretty surprised to hear his voice over something like this. It works imo.

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4

The worst thing about Morrisey isn't that he actually makes good music, but it us the most annoying. The man may be a prick, but he makes some solid sad boy tunes. Bit melodramatic for my tastes at times, but overall great record

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Everyday is like Sunday, Suedehead

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4.0 - Besides the bald-faced "Margaret on the Guillotine", this album thankfully finds Morrissey on a less political bent. Not surprisingly, I like this solo project much better than the more abrasive "Your Arsenal." It's got two notable hits, "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead." I also like deeper cuts like "Little Man, What Now?"

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4

Was pleasantly surprised by this and have a. We respect for Morrissey

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4

Not the best Morrissey solo album, but it's certainly good and only 6 months after the demise of the Smiths! Not sure why they keep fiddling with the order and the typeface, but it still holds up.

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3

Stop being a racist and get back with Marr!

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3

Interesting album. Very similar to the Smiths for obvious reasons.

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3

Some bangers on this album actually.

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3

"I dont mind if you forget me" is a nice tune.

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3

Nära en fyra faktiskt.

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3

Wird beim 2. Mal hören besser. Gute 3 Sterne.

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Olen monta kertaa antanut mahdollisuuden näille Morrisseyn vanhemmille soololevyille, mutta aina päällimmäisenä fiiliksenä pieni pettymys The Smithsin levyihin verrattuna. Hittibiisit Everyday Like Sunday ja Suedehead toki toimii aina, mutta näiden lisäksi levy jätti edelleenkin hieman kylmäksi. Ehkä sävellysten taso ei vaan riitä ilman Johnny Marria aisaparina.

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3

I did not give this a fair shake, but I am not in the mood for Morrissey at all, lol. This feels like more of the same, maybe a little weaker than the last one we listened to. It's all fine, nothings bad... I will give it 3* since I feel like it's more my mood that isn't into it.

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3

The Morrissey sound

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3

Morrissey is like rap without the rap.

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3

It’s ok

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3

Makes me think of the 80s. Like Morrissey has the 80s voice.

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3

some of it sounded great. better than I thought. Still impossible to shake the bad taste because of Morrissery's asshattery.

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3

Music gets 4 stars, Morrissey's whiney vocals get 2 stars. Averages to a 3 star album.

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3

Un album bien monte et avec plusieurs bonnes tounes. Ca ma pas epoustoufle mais quamd meme meilleur que certians sur çette liste. 3.15

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3

Listened to the first two tracks - totally depressed so switched it off.

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3

I liked it! Didn’t make a huge impression though, but I might have been distracted

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hmm... Es que no me gustó. Rescato la primera canción que tiene una vibrita gótica postpunk, según yo suena a medio The Cure. También me gustó I don't mind if you forget me. Fuera de ahí algo aburrido la verdad, las letras no alcanzan a compensar por la falta de variedad. Mood: Dempresión.

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3

Okay... but I like The Smiths better

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3

british joy division but better. some pleasantries here

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3

El cantante de The Smiths en su disco en solitario. Nada del otro mundo.

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3

seemed consistent with typically alt-80's sound.

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3

Same old depressing Moz. But then again I am a “sad girl”.

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3

I don't get why people love The Smiths or Morrissey. I was able to listen to it without wanting to kill myself.

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3

Not a massive Morrissey fan but it's not too bad

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3

I dont really care for Morrissey's voice

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3

bueno pero hasta ahi. No me encantó.

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I went into this not sure how I’d feel about it. I haven’t heard much of Morrissey’s music, but I’ve gotten the general impression that he’s kind of a dick. After listening to most of the album, I was inclined to give it 2 stars because it just seemed kind of generic and didn’t really do anything for me. Sure, Morrissey has a good voice, but he uses it to do this kind of mopey crooning that’s just blah. But, Margaret on the Guillotine convinced me to bump that up to 3 stars. That song is great and a perfect way to end the album.

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3

It’s likeable but not as enjoyable as The Smiths. Feels like this is missing a Marr. There are better Morrissey albums.

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3

Nothing amazing but it was enjoyed at moments. Morrissey is a good singer and that carries the album. A few songs have anecdotal moments but overall the album lacks support and doesn’t hit the spot. 6.1/10

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3

3 1/2

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Allora, Morrissey non posso dire che è uno che aspettavo al varco ma ero curioso di confrontarmici perché non l'avevo mai ascoltato prima ma è universalmente osannato. Questo album m'ha fatto una strana impressione, ho trovato a tratti geniale e molto avanti coi tempi la parte compositiva e di arrangiamento ma trovo che lui sia abbastanza pesantino. La cosa che mi ha colpito è che ho letto dopo che Morrissey è considerato un grandissimo paroliere. Io stavo per dire che i testi sono la parte più debole, l'avranno pure studiati ma onestamente non ci trovo niente di geniale, le solite immagini vaghe da cantautore edgy condite con qualche "I hope you die" per sconvolgere. Direi che potrei riassumere l'album con: musicalmente avanti coi tempi e raffinati, lui non m'ha convinto e non m'è arrivato. Direi un 3.5 che non mi sento di promuovere a 4 nonostante stia in fase di svacco e c'ho pensato all'inizio.

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Mi affido alla media matematica perché il "Morrissey personaggio" mi sta sul cazzo e vorrei essere più obiettivo possibile. Alsatian Cousin 4.25 Little man, what now? 3.5 Everyday is like Sunday 4.0 Bengali in platform 3.75 Angel Angel.. 2.0 Late Night, Maudin Street 3.75 Suedehead 4.0 Break the family 2.75 Treat me like.. 2.0 I don't mind if.. 3.0 Dial a cliché 2.75 Margaret on the Guillotine 3.5 Conclusione: il sound anni '80 di quest'album lo trovo piacevole, a livello compositivo è un po' ridondante, comunque nel complesso sembra un bell'album cantato da Kermit la rana. Provo comunque rispetto il "Morrissey Artista". Voto: 3.27

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it's hard to approach an album I've probably heard 100 times as most thoughts I've had about the album shriveled up and died 2 decades ago. anyway Morrissey's solo debut definitely proved to be the prototype for most of his solo career, namely that each album has about 3-4 amazing songs and 8-10 more you don't care about. weirdly the one of his that I think is more or less bangers start to finish isn't even on this stupid list (Bona Drag) but they curiously thought to include Your Arsenal, and granted, Glamorous Glue is a good song but not THAT good. even though like 8 tracks on this album are forgettable if not outright terrible, the handful of classics on here earn it at least a 3. Morrissey is one of those acts where even diehard fans are just like "yeah just let me make you a mixtape" because boy he landed a lot of duds

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3

Didn't do much for me. But wasn't terrible.

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Wasn’t in the mood today, fine background tunes. I did not detract a point for Morrissey as a person.

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3

Not incredible, but not bad either at all

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Wel aardig maar spreekt mij niet aan

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3

A couple of really good songs. suedehead

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3

This album didn't feel all that special to me. There's nothing absolutely wrong with it, as the tunes are nice and Morrissey's vocals are pleasant enough. There's just nothing that makes it stand out to me at all. It's classified as alternative rock, but to me it's on the verge of pop. I'm giving it a weak 3 stars.

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3

Before this listen, I've only listened to The Smiths and none of Morrissey's solo releases. Think what put me off was that I loved The Smith's instrumentation more than the lyrics and the vocals. The album itself is pretty good, but not memorable. Did like Suedehead and Everyday is like Sunday though.

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3

Hey, they can't all be suedehead

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3

No sorer is my ear for listening to this album- not life changing, but pretty cruisy. No stand-out moments

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I liked this album okay. After a while every song starts to sound the same, though. Morrissey has a very specific style, and I don't mind it, but I do wish that he would have introduced more variation into this album. I think that's why I tend to enjoy Smiths albums a bit more than Morrissey's solo stuff 3/5

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3

Fun to discover that Moz had tons of influence, kinda almost directly in sound, on the artist i adore much like Liverpools' Space. But the songwriting in Viva Hate is just moderate.

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3

I like morrisey but his music is just so odd to me. not sure how I feel about this album.

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3

Decent album, although I much prefer the Smiths versus Morrissey solo (something Mar's jangly guitars). Bengali in Platforms and Suedehead are highlights. 3/5

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3

An okay listen. Sometimes I forgot I was listening to it

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Can’t remember

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Had this on tape when I was in sixth form, and listened quite a bit. Wasn't a Smith's fan, and didn't buy another Morrissey album, but there's a couple of serious tunes on here, and listening in 2021 revealed layers of instrumentation and production I'd not heard before. Suedehead is a proper banger

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3

A bit miserable in parts

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3

fuck morrissey (not bad though)

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3

i might not like his politics but this is still a good album

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3

Boringly sad. Occasionally good.

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3

Is this his best solo album? It's pretty good but obviously not Smiths class. Suedehead and Sunday are excellent. Interesting I thought that Bengali in Platforms doesn't come across racist at all to me compared to what he's like these days

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3

Seemed better than his Smiths stuff but not much. Meh.

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3

Morrisey’s bestest album

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3

Post Smith's first outing for Mr Morrisey, Steven, the quintessential English, working class rock star, starts life without his Anchorman Johnny Marr, with a good attempt at a smiths light album. I do like it but it lacks the musical power of the Smiths studio albums. I liked "Little Man What Now" "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead" I am so disappointed at his support to the extreme right wing views he has professed in the past and although I understand that unless I sat and spoke to him I can not profess to understand what he believes I feel his statements have undoubtedly damaged his and the Smiths legacy.

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3

I've complained too much already about the over-representation of Morrissey on this list: but I just don't get it. Pretentious, gloomy, musically not that special. Teen angst on a bigger budget.

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3

Very good

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Simpatico, mi è piaciuto.

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3

As someone said once.: if you are ever disappointed in Morrisey, that’s entirely on you. Anyways. Good, robust melancholia..

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3

Easy listen - alt rock.

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Morrissey being Morrissey (6/10) FT: Suedehead

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Je ne suis pas encore très familier avec Morrissey et les Smiths. Ce premier effort solo part fort. L'époque est bien marquée, mais j'aime beaucoup la guitare dans la première pièce. L'enchaînement avec la deuxième pièce fonctionne bien. Everyday Is Like Sunday est sympathique. Bengali est un peu moins intéressante, mais Angel Angel Down We Go Together avec seulement Morrisey et des cordes nous la fait rapidement oublier. La face A se passe pas trop mal même si rien n’est mémorable. Le style vocale reste proche de ce qu’il faisait avec les Smiths. Garder l’intérêt sur la face B est plus ardu. Heureusement, avec sa guitare, I Don't Mind If You Forget nous ramène dans l'ambiance de Alsatian Cousin. C’est bien d’entendre où va Morrissey après les Smiths, mais je préfère tout de même le groupe.

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não é ruim mas vtnc morrissey

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Dos grans temes, 'Suedehead' i 'Everyday Is Like Sunday', posada en valor dels temes que marcaran la seva carrera en solitari, i, mal que em pesi, molta palla. És força correcte, però està a anys llum de qualsevol dels discos de la banda mare

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3

nothing special really

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So gloomy, but also quite beautiful. Knowing a bit about where Morrissey’s career was at the time the album was produced as well as what life was like in Manchester when he was growing up really puts the songs into perspective. I would have to be in a pretty specific mood to seek this album out, though. Not exactly my favorite, but I definitely didn’t dislike it - I’d give it 3.5 if I could. LOVE the song “Everyday is Like Sunday.”

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Didn't know that the singer from the Smiths went solo Very similar vibes as the Smiths, somewhat upbeat melodies with very depressing lyrics

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3

Eh ok 3

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3

Too much Morrissey for one lifetime.

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2

Not my taste at all.

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Liked the music, but singer not tp my taste.

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Послушал 4 трека. Он такой скучный

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Lots of hit or miss, not my favorite. Shoulda stuck with his band

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Not my jam

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Oh man, no. When I sleep with that picture of you Framed beside my bed Oh, it's childish and it's silly But I think it's you in my room By the bed Yes, I told you it was silly And I know I took strange pills But I never meant to hurt you Oh, truly I love you. No. Just no. No no no no no no no no. No. No.

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Not much without the expert melodies of the smiths

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Morrissey is extremely hit and miss for me. An entire album of his is a tough finish. It's just okay.

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bit of a prick

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Not really for me.

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No likey

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Not my musical taste

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Emoji Monday: 😒

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Not wholly unenjoyable, but a little repetitive and there were a couple of songs that were as little cringey. I'll probably not come back to it any time soon. I'll stick with the Smiths

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as i skipped through the tracks of Viva Hate I could not help but harken back to my days as a youth in Schlotzenberg. MY family and our adopted immigrant penguins would frolic in the summer sun as we played games of hide the cow tongue and shlemmel your sister suitor. One time Vincent could not completely hide the cow tongue and we mocked him to the point he swallowed the tongue. Such fond memories of those times. MOrrissey brought me back to those simpler times when my only worry was did I have enough sawdust to satisfy the local chieftain. Those really were simpler times back then. I give this album five schnazelbangers

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Morrisseyn lauluäänestä huokuu karismaattisuus. Tuntuu, että biisejä kantaa pelkästään hyvin paljon laulu, vaikka peruskivoja melodioita levyltä löytyykin. Eniten fiilistelin hittibiiseistä Everyday Is Like Sundayta. Kokonaisuutena ei huono levy, mutta jätti jälkeensä kuitenkin vain hyvin haaleat fiilikset. Ehkä tämäkin levy tarvitsisi vain kuuntelukertoja

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Hated this from the first note, dated bass line/guitar effect. The choices for instrumentation on the first half of this movie are questionable, e.g. synth strings on “Everyday is Sunday” are awful. Lots of shitty world music vibes there sounding dated as fuck. The strong vocal presence and lyrics of Morissey wasn’t enough to save it. I was ready to vote this a 1, but then heard the latter half of the album (4 songs) toned down songs were the only bright spot, “break up the family” “treat me like a human being” the songs that stick to the 80s rubric work. It’s like he was trying to cast off the 80s and join the 90s. The 90s was a mistake. Yuck. 2 stars.

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AER: I didn't like this album. Morrissey: "Rejection is one thing, but rejection from a fool is cruel" C-

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Heel veel drama in een album gegoten. Ik vind het nogal zagerig en wat saai soms

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2.75,some decent songs. Easy to dislike this guy. Might appreciate more with more listens

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The Smiths and Morrissey were part of the soundtrack of my college years. I didn't actively dislike their music; I just found them a bit dull for my ear. I'm also not a big fan of Steve Morrissey's voice. Like his music overall, it's not grating or terrible or anything like that. It's just not a voice I enjoy hearing. The guitar work on "Margaret on the Guillotine" is really nice (Vini Reilly played it), and on this one song Morrissey's voice sounds a little like Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering (the song has an overall Poi Dog feel, too), and I love Frank Orrall's voice and Poi Dog Pondering's music, so I do like that song. Anyway, I know the music of The Smiths and Morrissey is an important part of the 80s -- not sure what the correct rock subgenre is, maybe "alternative," whatever that might mean -- scene, so I get why this on the list.

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An album filled with love and breakup songs. Personally not for me but a good album

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Honestly just didn't enjoy it. I don't really know why.

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I found the lyrics a bit shit, and the music not extraordinary. I liked his voice though.

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It's just a collection of subpar love songs. The vocals have a small range of 4 or 5 notes, the lyrics have next to no depth and always talk about someone else, and the background is the best part of every song. If you have to listen to this, just listen to the instruments because that's how you'll get the most out of this album. Favorite track: Everyday Is Like Sunday

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It wasn't the worst thing i've heard

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mopey bs. I do have a soft spot for Everyday Is Like Sunday, and there was a surprise guitar solo that i enjoyed.

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Album is quite poor, but it has two best Morrissey's songs (Everyday is like Monday, Suedehead)

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26th July 2021 Listened on my phone in the morning while getting ready for work. Finished on the Tuesday after choosing to read on the way to bowling with Andy. As Morrissey would say "I don't mind". I enjoy the down to earth, everyman that Morrissey can be but I'm not hugely sold. Never been a Smith's fan either.

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Jesus, imagine the amount of self-awareness you have to lack to write the non-conformist "Dial-a-Cliché" and then be so stereotypically British that you have one song about wanting Thatcher dead and another about how you don't want foreigners in your country. There's a lot of sad, horny British (in that order) wailing on this record, but it lacks Soul Mining's compelling sound or the bombastic energy that kept a handful of a-ha songs on my phone. Key Tracks: Alsatian Cousin, Little Man, What Now?, Break Up the Family

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Nothing stuck with me, but it wasn’t offensive. Unlike Morrissey

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Viva La Bam was better

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Eh. Not much to say. Boring. Couple decent songs.

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It's hard not to let thinking Morrisey is an idiot affect the rating here, but in the end I'm not sure what makes this so great it's like most other people's first solo albums after they left a group, a bit disappointing.

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Not a big morrissey fan so it alittle better then expected

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Just not The Smiths. A little more whiny vocally and less rhythmic and lyrical depth. Kind of wears on you. Suedehead, Late night

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It's Morrissey, so it's good…I guess. this week has been tough picks for me and I don't have the headspace for a Morrissey album. But thanks for the reminder that Maggy is dead!

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The singles carry at least one of these stars. Possibly two.

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Eh. I don't hate Morrissey, just not really my thing.

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Relativ langweilig.

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Wie schon bei den Smiths Alben sehe ich gern funkelnde Pop Perlen hervorblitzen aus dem Dickicht eines mir recht egalen Rests. 1.7

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Eh

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Morrissey without The Smiths, and it shows. Overwordy, underclever, not enough balance of singing and band. Much filler and idea (even lyric) rehash. Still good, but the cracks are showing.

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Wow! That first song was so great! The guitar! So much promise! And so lackluster after that! The title! Hilarious he has a song named Maudlin Street, the second song in a row where he uses the phrase “I truly Love you”. (details may not be exactly right, I couldn’t go back and listen to it again) I agree with the Spin review: "without guitarist/composer Johnny Marr at his side, the mahatma of mope rock seems to have gone out for a nice depressing stroll without noticing that he didn't have a stitch to wear".

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Love Morrissey's voice but... this is pretty meh compared to any Smiths record. 5/10

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never been a huge fan of the smiths and this solo album didn't garner any more goodwill for Morrissey from me. just as boring as most smiths music

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I'm not a fan of Morrisey or the Smiths, but if I was I probably would enjoy this as it sounds very much like everything else he and they have done.

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I have come to learn that I am not a Morrisey fan. I’ve listened to three albums, have not found a single song that has drawn me in

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It's because of days like this that my streaming service thinks I actually like Morrissey's whiny voice.

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He should have stuck with Johnny Marr

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Meh. Isn’t he a fascist now, anyway?

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Sounds like a lot of other British pop rock out of that time, nothing really caught my attention or made me want to relisten.

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Painfully boring, I can't help but hear elevator music if you were to remove the vocals. He narrates like he is reading from a book and the flow of his story telling isn't smooth. I get this impression he has to keep adding details to convince the listener to be emotional because he hasn't yet convinced himself. I appreciate storytelling in music but this is poorly executed. The only thing I enjoyed about this album was when I heard certain parts that influenced modern artists.

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Vocals in some songs sound like the weird catholic song prayer

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Very moody and I felt like it wasn’t very cohesive. Not really my cup of tea.

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2.5 stars. Not a big fan of his voice on this, a little boring, no standout tracks. Liked the piano on "Late Night, Maudlin Street"

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Enough already with the Morrissey

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Bad bad

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Was let down after I realized Morrisey was not Van Morrison. I like one of those two and it isn't Morrisey.

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Meh, George Michael was better

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I'm surprised Morrissey managed to keep his career afloat after recording this first solo album.

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don't like

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nope

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Morrissey is one of those people I can't separate from the music. All I can think about when listening to him is how he sounds like a shitty version of The Cure mixed with Joy Division. The Smiths will always be what comes to mind when I hear the words "domestic abuser." Not that he's a domestic abuser, but if there were ever a soundtrack to domestic abuse, it would be The Smiths.

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Morrissey is an insufferable talentless cunt

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Il suo stile è talmente brutto che a tratti lo trovo affascinante. Comunque sarebbe un bel disco da 1 ma l’ultimo pezzo in cui dice che vuole uccidere la thatcher gli fa guadagnare un punto. Bengali è veramente una canzone assurda. No mentre scrivevo sono ripartiti alcuni pezzi, il voto è 1.

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Ugh again?

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MEH

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Morrissey's preoccupation with a halcyon Britain largely of his own imagining was mildly disquieting even in the heyday of the Smiths - hinting at a social and political alignment at odds with that of many of his admirers. This album marks the point at which he started to say the quiet part out loud - as was obvious to many when it was released, despite the efforts of his apologists to explain away its questionable aspects. Whatever he intended with its title, it reads today as a declaration of intent. Yeah yeah yeah, but shouldn't we distinguish between the artist and his work? Fortunately we can sidestep that thorny issue, because this album, Mozza's first without the benefit of Marr's guitar, amounts to no more than a couple of lukewarm singles and a wodge of nondescript filler.

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You know, this probably isn't bad but... Morrissey is just such a cunt that it's pretty impossible to go into this with an open mind. Fuck off, Morrissey

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cant do it fuck morrissey

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Mauvais. Il chante de façon désintéressée. Les chansons ne vont nul part.

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Ouf J'aime pas le personnage. Trop à droite pour moi, j'ai juste entendu parler de lui pour ses positions politiques et ses annulations dernière minute... J'ai écouté la première face pis c'est pas bon

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::reads 'Bengali in Platforms' lyrics:: YO FUCK THIS RACIST TRASH

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Never liked his solo stuff as much as the Smiths

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Un tanto anodino. Muchas canciones iguales. No tiene mala voz, pero lo veo demasiado insulso

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I’ve never listened to a more pretentious fuck than listening to morrissey. Hopeful don’t have to hear him again anytime soon.

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