Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Jason just alerted me to a heartening development: Morrissey is coming out with a new album! Evidently no more once-every-seven-damned-years business. "Elizabeth" better dig the Moz, because come April 4 she's going to get an earful . . .

7 comments:

Paul Kimball said...

Mac:

Anyone who doesn't dig Morrissey deserves nothing but a one-way ticket to "Dumpville". Here's hoping Elizabeth sees the light... you know, the one that never goes out. :-)

Morrissey Rules!

Paul

Mac said...

I also need to catch up on my Franz Ferdinand...

I had a scary moment this evening when I thought my CD changer has eaten Portishead's "Dummy." But it was nothing a power drill couldn't fix.

jason said...

Forget the power drill, I would have gone straight for the jaws of life in that situation.

Tim F said...

Do you not find that most Morrissey albums leave you with a feeling of "Yes, very nice, but it's not The Smiths, is it now?" In fact, of his solo stuff, only 'Everyday Is Like Sunday' has ever given me the giddy lurch that I felt when I first heard 'Reel Around The Fountain' and 'I Want The One I Can't Have' and 'Bigmouth Strikes Again'?

Or is it just me being an old fart stuck in the days when I had enough hair to construct a quiff?

Mac said...

It seems to me Morrissey deliberately tried to do something different after The Smiths broke up -- not that he could have kept his sound the same had he wanted to, given Johnny Marr's absence.

As for "who's better?," I don't know. The Smiths definitely had an edge that Morrissey's solo work lacks. Then again, Morrissey's best stuff has a maturity The Smiths lacked.

Paul Kimball said...

There's stuff on Your Arsenal and You Are The Quarry that is as good, or better, than anything he ever did with the Smiths.

Of course, he's also released some duds as well. But so did the Smiths.

Paul

Mac said...

Of course, he's also released some duds as well. But so did the Smiths.

Heretic! :-)

Morrissey has a weird habit of putting some of his best singles on B-sides. One of my very favorites is "Nobody Loves Us."

"Vauxhall and I" is incredibly strong.