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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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2.94

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4701

Genres

  • Rock
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Tue Aug 24 2021
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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Wed Apr 28 2021
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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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

Not bad but not good enough to justify his personality

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Fri Feb 26 2021
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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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

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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Mon May 03 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Okay

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Pretty good. Why is he so sad?

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Tue Jun 22 2021
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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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Fairly boring. Easy enough listen.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

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

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Wed Mar 02 2022
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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Fri Jun 11 2021
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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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Está bien verga. Es un chingón.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
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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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

There has never been, nor will there most likely ever be again, a pop star like Morrissey. Sure, there have been many icons in the history of popular music. But not a single one of them can lay claim to the same blend of nonchalant authenticity and unbridled star power embodied by the morose Mancunian. A commonplace opinion in casual music parlance is the recognition of Morrissey’s lyrical genius as frontman of The Smiths, while also sidelining his solo works as proof of the law of diminishing returns. Written amid the literal ruins of his bands’ dissolution, Viva Hate delivers upon the undisputed potential for Morrissey to bridge that gap between eccentric 80s has-been to genuine pop stardom. Produced and largely written by Stephen Street, with the enigmatic Vini Reilly serving as Moz’s creative foil in place of Johnny Marr, the album is not a radical departure from The Smiths’ brand of 60s infused jangle pop. And yet the flourishes of bossa-nova rhythms and spiralling sitar-sounding riffs give it just enough flavour to mark it out as a distinctly Morrissey affair. Couple all that with two bonafide hit singles (“Everyday is Like Sunday”, “Suedehead”) and you have yourself a winner. This is just the platform for what I consider one of the frontman’s finest lyrical outings committed to record. From “Alsatian Cousin”‘s acrimonious tale of romantic scandal to the melancholic nostalgia of “Late Night, Maudlin Street”, there is no single lyricist who could ever get away with such genius lines as “Rejection is one thing, but rejection from a fool is cruel”. It’s the commonplace elevated to the level of the sublime that earmarks Morrissey as the single most important lyricist in pop music history - and that’s not hyperbole. A few minor detractions however. Leaving aside the questionable tone of “Bengali in Platforms”, a song that’s bafflingly clumsy at best and downright racist at worst, Morrissey’s decision to remove “Ordinary Boys” in favour of a tinny demo of “Treat Me Like a Human Being” is beyond comprehension. The album is slightly front-loaded in its original running order, but this just draws out side 2 with a completely redundant skipper of a track. Going off of my vinyl copy, this album is a masterpiece. Arguably a more true distillation of Morrissey the artist than any other album in his enviable discography. It’s hard to believe there were some who doubted his ability to survive the demise of one of Britain’s most beloved groups. But this album secured Morrissey’s relevance in pop culture (on and off) for the next 20-30 years. As one of my friend frequently puts it: “The guy’s a cunt. But he’s our cunt”.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Unfortunately he’s very talented

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
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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Mon Jun 28 2021
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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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 19 2021
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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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

A notch below the Smiths

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Tue Jul 20 2021
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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Mon May 10 2021
4

Morrisey

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Fri May 14 2021
4

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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Sun May 23 2021
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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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Nice

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Good. Can’t stand his politics though

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Tue Jun 15 2021
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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Tue Jul 06 2021
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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Thu Jul 22 2021
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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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

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

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

Good but not amazing.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 28 2021
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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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Classic.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Not bad, Needed more time to listen

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Wed Dec 15 2021
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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Fri Dec 17 2021
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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Fri Dec 17 2021
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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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

nice

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

papa maman les gars dsl j'ai aimé cet album

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

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

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Fri Feb 11 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Dark, morose and beautiful

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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

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Sun Mar 27 2022
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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Thu Apr 21 2022
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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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

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

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Täähän oli yllättävän jees. Luulin, että ilman Marria Morrissey ei oo tehny mitään erityisesti mun makuun. Aika tasan 3,5 ja pyöristetään nyt ylös.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

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

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

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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Mon Jul 18 2022
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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Wed Jul 20 2022
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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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

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

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

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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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

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

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Wed Aug 17 2022
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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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Je ne le connaissais pas beaucoup, et j'ai bien aimé! Très Brit, pas trop extravagant. À découvrir (avec The Smiths également)

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Morrissey is a guarantee for good music. Enjoyable album, without any big standouts but a high quality throughout

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Suedehead <3

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Heard it before?: Yes! Enjoy it?: I don’t like to give Morrissey any more credit than necessary but his music is very special, very peculiar songwriting but great nonetheless Favourite song: a LOT to choose from but Track 3 - Everyday is Like Sunday

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Dosta klasika na ovom albumu, meni najdraži njegov - jer se osjeti još trunci Smithsa. Posjedujem vinyl i drago mi je. Čista četvorka, dakle ono 8-8,5/10. Fale ljudi iz bivše mu grupe and it shows.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Savrsen album za jednu laganu depricu. Ak dođe sezona imat cu ga na umu

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

His solo work is better than his songs with The Smiths, and people hate him for that. Also: something of a mope.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Big album from a massive arsehole.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

The randomizer must really want me to listen to Morrissey and The Smiths as this is my second Morrissey album and I've had all three Smiths' albums in the challenge. "Viva Hate" is the debut solo album by Morrissey and wasting no time, it was released just six months after The Smiths' final album "Strangeways, Here We Come." It was produced by Stephen Street who also played bass. Vini Reilly from the post-punk band The Durutti Column played guitar and a key part, I thought, to two of my favorite songs. Overall, this was a much more pop-oriented and softer album than what he would do a few albums later. I did not exactly find an overall theme focusing on the break-up of The Smiths...maybe a few songs. This album starts out uniquely in "Alsatian Cousin" with an early PIL sounding guitar and drums sounding like a drum machine. A harder sounding song especially with the guitar. One of my favorite on the album. An unattractive girl is jealous about someone in a relationship. "Everyday is Sunday" has a majestic pop feel with the strings. I think it's simply about being bored. One the Moz's best songs. The second half starts with another one his best songs in "Suedehead." Great melody. I think some more straight-forward lyrics about a person breaking up with another for reading their diary. A very good hidden song is "I Don't Mind if You Forget Me." Here's a a song that might be about the breakup of The Smiths. Like the first song, just great interesting guitar by Vini Reilly. Not anything like Johnny Marr. Morrissey gets his acerbic side out in the closing song "Margaret on the Guillotine." Pretty self-explanatory about his opinion on Margaret Thatcher. A slower song with guitar only. This is an album that has two classic Morrissey songs and two very good hidden ones. I found the other Moz album "Your Arsenal" that I've listened to in depth (from the challenge) harder sounding, Morrissey's lyrics more clever and an overall better album. But, this has some highlights and definitely worth a listen.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
4

Not his best album, but mostly good songs

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Yeah, he's a dick. Yeah, he's a piece of shit, but his music will always be with me, be it through is solo stuff or through The Smiths.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Some of Morrissey's solo work is pretty great. Can't stand the person, but man did he have some good stuff.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Editors are right that there was reason to be skeptical about M's post-Smiths output but this was a winning effort all the way around. "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead" are all-time pop songs. "Bengali" is terrifc, too. Other than this being lighter and perhaps slightly less biting and driving, there's not a huge diff musically from late Smiths. But the overreaching guitar solo on "I Don't Mind" reminds one of this record's Marrlessness. Still overall this is quite a bit more than solid – and not only from having avoided being worse, which it very much could have been.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

7/10. I liked this, especially the first bit, but towards the end the sound of his voice started to wear on me.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

8/10 glad that the list reminded me that I love this album.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Stop being a racist and get back with Marr!

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Tue Oct 13 2020
3

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Some bangers on this album actually.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Nära en fyra faktiskt.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
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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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

The Morrissey sound

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Morrissey is like rap without the rap.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

It’s ok

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

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

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Tue Jul 20 2021
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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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

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

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Thu Jun 24 2021
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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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Okay... but I like The Smiths better

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

british joy division but better. some pleasantries here

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

seemed consistent with typically alt-80's sound.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

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

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Tue Jun 15 2021
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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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

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

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Sat Jul 17 2021
3

I dont really care for Morrissey's voice

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Mon May 10 2021
3

bueno pero hasta ahi. No me encantó.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

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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Fri Jun 18 2021
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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Mon Jul 05 2021
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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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

3 1/2

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

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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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

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

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

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

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

Not incredible, but not bad either at all

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Wel aardig maar spreekt mij niet aan

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

A couple of really good songs. suedehead

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Fri Sep 03 2021
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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Fri Oct 01 2021
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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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Hey, they can't all be suedehead

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Fri Oct 15 2021
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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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

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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Wed Oct 20 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
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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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Can’t remember

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

A bit miserable in parts

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

fuck morrissey (not bad though)

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Boringly sad. Occasionally good.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Morrisey’s bestest album

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Thu Feb 24 2022
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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Mon Feb 28 2022
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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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Very good

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Simpatico, mi è piaciuto.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
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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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Easy listen - alt rock.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Morrissey being Morrissey (6/10) FT: Suedehead

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

não é ruim mas vtnc morrissey

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

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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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

nothing special really

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

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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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

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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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

Eh ok 3

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

Too much Morrissey for one lifetime.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

A proficient vocalist with an interesting timbre, but the songs are nothing to be excited by.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Can we still listen to the racist curmudgeon? I still like this album, but obviously it's not The Smiths and suffers from the absence of Johnny Marr.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

It's Morrissey Morrissey-ing around as expected

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Very uninteresting. The words might be worth reading at some point, but the music was not interesting at all.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

It was a decent album

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

You have to admire someone who would record Margaret On The Guillotine while Thatcher was still the Prime Minister. Problem is, it’s not that memorable a tune when compared to, say, Stand Down Margaret by The Beat (1980). And herein lies the problem for me with Morrissey’s solo output - there’s no Johnny Marr. Morrissey’s words are still interesting but it ain’t The Smiths. Still, Morrissey’s lyrics are worth listening to. And the epic 8-minute Late Night, Maudlin Street stands out for me, although claims that the music is based on the work of Joni Mitchell are totally deluded.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

OK, Viva Hate? I almosts didn't listen because of the title. After giving the record a listen I began to think that the title is a bit facetious, probably. Not completely sure (Bengali in platforms). In any case, the lyrics are good and the music is at times stimulating but mostly soothing. The voice, I liked it very much but then it did start to get a little annoying by the end. I'm not sure why, needs to be changed up a bit perhaps. Add some harmonies, different types of melodies or could be the constant echoey quality of the sound.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

When I got this album, I groaned out loud. I have hated everything that Morrissey has touched so far. But "Viva Hate" is surprisingly... mild? For a Morrissey joint, it's pretty inoffensive. Is it good? Well, not particularly. Morrissey is still a massive douche and that absolutely comes across in these tracks. But the music behind the pretentious tosser is really solid 80s pop-rock. The engineering is really good as well. Great tracks. Too bad they have Morrissey's massive ego smeared across them. I can't understand the cult of personality that has sprung up around this narcissistic, whiney egomaniac. But, in the interest of fair and balanced reviews, I can't give this one less than a 3-star review regardless of how hard it was to get past Morrissey's self-absorbed crooning.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

I’m usefully surprised by how much I enjoy Morrissey/ The Smiths when they come up. Yes, I do still hate his voice and his persona but the songs are alright. Some interesting production on here, sounds like NIN, G&R and various other stuff I wouldn’t have expected. Still not a fan though.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Really not the best Morrissey, and Morrissey is not the best The Smiths.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

He's still a horrible xenophobe. Viva Hate, eh Steven?

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Same problem as before, Morrissey is a prick even more so without The Smiths backing but I still like his voice and style so I'll sit on the fence again

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Very good

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Un tanto aburrido... Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Not the best solo album by Morrissey, but still a solid debut. With classic singles Suedehead and Everyday is like Sunday. On the latter the combination of the reverb effect on the guitar on and Moz’ voice is epic.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Better than I expected. Maybe I've let the fact that I find Morrissey insufferable color my opinion of his music. Might have to go back and listen to some Smiths again.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Overall very whiny and annoying. Still, there were a decent amount of enjoyable musical moments and I love the Margaret Thatcher hate at the end. 6/10

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

first listen unique voice, but not much stood out to me

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Thu Sep 03 2020
2

Not my taste at all.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
2

Liked the music, but singer not tp my taste.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Послушал 4 трека. Он такой скучный

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

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

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Not my jam

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Mon May 24 2021
2

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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Thu May 13 2021
2

Not much without the expert melodies of the smiths

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

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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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

bit of a prick

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Tue Jun 29 2021
2

Not really for me.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

No likey

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Not my musical taste

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

Emoji Monday: 😒

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

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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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

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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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
2

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

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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Sat May 08 2021
2

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

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Thu May 13 2021
2

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

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

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

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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

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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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

It wasn't the worst thing i've heard

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

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

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

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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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

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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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

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

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

Viva La Bam was better

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

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

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