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Morrissey: Years of RefusalYears of Refusal (2009)
Attack / Lost Highway
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Years of Refusal, the title of Morrissey's latest release, could easily describe my feelings for the guy's entire solo career. While I'm a Smiths fan through and through ("I Know It's Over" is the saddest, bitterest song ever. This is not a debate), it's always irked me that Moz basically shit-canne.
Years of Refusal, the title of Morrissey's latest release, could easily describe my feelings for the guy's entire solo career. While I'm a Smiths fan through and through ("I Know It's Over" is the saddest, bitterest song ever. This is not a debate), it's always irked me that Moz basically shit-canned his Smiths songwriting partner Johnny Marr only to keep writing Johnny Marr-esque songs, all jangly and sarcastic and blissfully theatrical and what-not. So it's fitting for me that the album should open with "Something Is Squeezing My Skull," a rollicking rocker about tripping balls. The first verse feels like Morrissey specifically telling me (and maybe you) to get bent: "I'm doing very well / I can block out the present and the past now / I know by now you think I should have straightened / myself out / thank you, drop dead." It's with these lines, and the remaining 42 minutes and 49 seconds of music after them, that Steven Patrick Morrissey proves, with or without the Smiths, he's still a vital force of sardonic wit and rocking tuneage. Besides, if new songs like "You Were Good in Your Time" and "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" are any indication, dude will always be better at hating himself than I ever could be.
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