While it isn't a gutsy rock & roll record like Your Arsenal, Vauxhall and I is equally impressive. Filled with carefully constructed guitar pop gems, the album contains some of Morrissey's best material since the Smiths. Out of all of his solo albums, Vauxhall and I sounds the most like his former band, yet the textured, ringing guitar on this record is an extension of his past, not a replication of it. In fact, with songs like "Now My Heart Is Full" and "Hold on to Your Friends," Morrissey sounds more comfortable and peaceful than he ever has. And "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get," "Speedway," and "Spring-Heeled Jim" prove that he hasn't lost his vicious wit.
Following the breakup of the Smiths, Morrissey needed to prove that he was a viable artist without Johnny Marr, and Viva Hate fulfilled that goal with grace. Working with producer Stephen Street and guitarist Vini Reilly (of the Durutti Column), Morrissey doesn't drastically depart from the sound of Strangeways, Here We Come, offering a selection of 12 jangling guitar pop sounds. One major concession is the presence of synthesizers – which is ironic, considering the Smiths' adamant opposition to keyboards – but neither the sound, nor Morrissey's wit, is diluted. And while the music is occasionally pedestrian, Morrissey compensates with a superb batch of lyrics, ranging from his conventional despair ("Little Man, What Now?," "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me") to the savage political tirade of "Margaret on a Guillotine." Nevertheless, the two masterstrokes on the album – the gorgeous "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and the infectious "Suedehead" – were previously singles, and both are on the compilation Bona Drag.
Deluxe two CD edition featuring a bonus CD that includes eight live tracks recorded on his 2009 tour. 2009 release from the former Smiths frontman, a fantastic collection of B-sides, all hand-picked by Morrissey, available together on one CD for the first time. Swords draws B-sides from many of the singles taken from You Are The Quarry, Ringleader Of The Tormentors, Greatest Hits and Years Of Refusal. Although these tracks were originally released as B-sides, heard together and alongside each other on this CD they sound superb as a collection in their own right. The album is a wonderful journey through some of Morrissey's lesser-heard tracks recorded over the last five years.
2009 three CD collection from the former Smiths frontman containing all his solo singles released between 1988 and 1995. Featuring the a and B-sides of each single, this triple disc set is the ultimate Morrissey collection and is a must-own, even if you have already purchased all of the original singles! From 'Suede head' straight through to 'A Swallow on My Neck', this set includes 62 tracks including plenty of non-album cuts, live recordings and so much more. Contains the hits 'Everyday Is Like Sunday', 'The Last of the Famous International Playboys', 'The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get', 'My Love Life', 'Suede head' and many others. Absolutely essential!
Morrissey has always favored compilations, releasing such hodgepodges of singles, B-sides, and album tracks as Bona Drag and World of Morrissey, but the 19-track Suedehead: The Best of Morrissey is the first official "hits" collection he has released in his solo career…