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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.

Customer Reviews

Last of the Famous International Icons

Returning with strength and maturity Morrissey delivers on time every time. Celebrating his 50th Birthday in style Morrissey is still the only artist that hasnt comprimised his music or talent to cowtow to the fashion. Delivering music for the oldest of Smiths fans or a new generation just becoming aware of his genius. this new crop has something for everyone, long live the Moz keep whipping that mike lead fella

Still Charming but ...

As a life long Smith fan, I've followed the ups and downs of my hero for many years. So, another Morrissey album. I have to admit, that since the amazing return to form that Quarry was, it's been a little hit or miss ... and whilst this effort doesn't have too many direct misses, it also contains too many near hits ... I hate to say this, buy lyrically, Morrissey seems an almost one-trick pony nowadays ... song after song about how unlovable and pathetic his is - it's slightly yawnsome. And as the guy is clearly more comfortable financially and personally than ever - slightly unbelievable. I miss the storytelling Morrissey ... go back to the first few Smiths albums ... stories of other people, things he'd seen, clever lyrics ... sadly, there's little of this here - nor has there been for some time. So take away the great man himself from these tunes and you're left with some standard rock'n'roll songs ... a couple of exceptions, but really, it's a set of 3 minute standard 'rock pop' tunes that had they been put out by any other band, would have never had this exposure or audience. I've seen Morrissey live so many times, and it's always a treat, always such fun ... and more and more he will gift us with tasters from The Smiths back catalouge ... and it's then, (if you are going to see him live this spring), you'll realise that really - hand on heart - there is nothing of *real* value on this album and never before has Mr Marr been so missed.

Better than ever....

Long time since Morrissey's voice has been this good - sounds truly wonderful and the production brings out his voice in all it's glory. Some people are not liking all the guitars but personally I love the sound. Stand out tracks - Arms around Paris, It's not your birthday anymore, Sorry doesn't help..... Out on tour soon and I can't wait.


Born: 22 May 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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