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Years of Refusal offers no huge surprises but still manages a few swift kicks of wit and wisdom that only Morrissey can deliver with a straight face. His song titles often set the tone. You can feel the put-down coming in something titled "You Were Good In Your Time" or "It's Not Your Birthday Anymore," and sure enough Morrissey teases and preens with his usual self-deprecating humor cutting through the tougher than usual guitar attack. As he ages, Moz is turning up the amps and the aggression, preferring pummeling guitar chords over a melodious jangle and only bringing in the synths to further firm up the sound. It's not a bludgeoning approach but for Morrissey it's definitely a sign of defiance. He isn't about to go quietly, despite the successful sensitivity of the even-paced "That's How People Grow Up." The orchestrated grandeur of "When I Last Spoke To Carol," the ephemeral pop gloss of "All You Need Is Me," and the pomp anthem of "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" all prove Morrissey's still a big kid at heart and in his head.

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Time for Refusal

As a former Smiths and Morrissey addict, and someone who has seen the Smiths live back in the mid 80's, you would think I would be a die hard, right to the end, devout lover of anything Morrissey puts out to us. I can best sum things up by responding to a very old Morrissey sound bite. He once said, he'd stop making music when it became like grinding sausages, and this is the 3rd straight album of sausages, aside from a couple of tracks from each album. To review this album son by song, in depth, you will find some decent music, with the backup band stronger than ever. The songs themselves are crafted well. The vocals are all in tune and seem to be sung in typical Morrissey passion. But the fact of the matter is they're just average melodically and there's only so much of that you can handle. Nothing much here leaves you humming along, yearning to hear it again. I am impressed that he keeps trying though. He must love this career, or he really has become accustomed to money and wants to keep it rolling in. Long live Morrissey, and the days of yore.

Typical Moz

The man still retains his trademark "charming" lyrics but a lot of this stuff just sounds like his old songs re-arranged.


Some incredible gems on this album. Moz is in fine form with leaps of greatness that hearken back to Vauxhall days. Can't wait to see these live.


Born: May 22, 1959 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the lead singer of the Smiths, arguably the most important indie band in Britain during the '80s, Morrissey's theatrical crooning and literate, poetic lyrics -- filled with romantic angst, social alienation, and cutting wit -- connected powerfully with a legion of similarly sensitive, disaffected youth. These fans turned the Smiths into stars in Britain, exerting tremendous pull over much of the country's guitar-based music for many years after their breakup, and even if the group remained underground...
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