Morrissey - Years Of Refusal
Firstly, for any legal people out there, I have not stolen this album from the interweb. Not at all. The story is long and complex and involves Marty McFly, a large quantity of vodka, several farm animalsand a trip to the future to when the album is actually released.
I love Morrissey. It is an inescapable fact. I have been waiting for this album for a long time considering it was orginally meant to be released last September. I was lucky enough to catch Morrissey on his Greatest Hits tour last year where he previewed a number of songs for this album and they were generally all met with a positive reception.
"Something Is Squeezing My Skull" is a great opener for the
album. A somewhat rockier opener than usual (other than "You're
Gonna Need Someone on Your Side" from 1992's Your Arsenal) which
bodes good things. A few different styles are tried out on the album
with "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed" having a kind of military
marching band theme to it whilst "When Last I Spoke To Carol"
is all flamenco Spanish guitars. First single "I'm Throwing My
Arms Around Paris" is
And then it gets to the bit that really really annoys me. Last year Morrissey put out a(nother) Greatest Hits album with two brand spanking new tracks on it (both incidentally released as singles with varying degees of success). But, surprise! Look, here they are again. Way to piss off the loyal fan there Morrissey.
The second half of the album is all pleasant enough but only "You
Were Good In Your Time" really stands out as anything you might
It seems to me that the differences between Years Of Refusal, Ringleader
Of The Tormentors and You Are The Quarry are so neglible that they all
very well (all quite possibly were) written at the same
All in all, it's a bit of a disappointment to be fair.
I'm not Sorry.