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Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr never looked back after his iconic group broke up. He continued to play guitar in a variety of bands and finally surprised everyone when he released his first official solo album: 2013’s critically acclaimed The Messenger. Touring tightened his backing group, and Marr again went into the studio with producer/keyboardist Doviak. Here, Marr and Co. bash out a high-energy set that highlights Marr’s bright guitar work and his underrated songwriting sense. (It wasn’t all Morrissey, folks.) The opening three tracks scream for hit status, while “Candidate” and “This Tension” allow rare glimpses into the group’s tender side.

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Still Smiths sound

I really like it. Marr is the best guitarist in UK. Waiting for album:3

Love it!

Such a great record. There is something here for everyone. As along time Smiths fan, this doesn't disappoint. I love the newer sounding songs like 25 Hours and Back In The Box but, my favorites are the Smith-ier sounding Candidate, The Trap and the incredible This Tension. This Tension might be the best thing Johnny's done in a very long time.


I knew it would be good, but I didn't expect this!!! Wow, every song stands on its own. Great work!!!!


Born: October 31, 1963 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

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

The supple, ringing guitars of Johnny Marr helped establish the Smiths among the most acclaimed and enduring bands of the 1980s. Born John Maher in Manchester, England, on October 31, 1963, he played in such little-known groups as Sister Ray and Freaky Party before forming the Smiths with singer Morrissey in 1982. In the years to follow they emerged among Britain's most successful acts, but in 1987, following sessions for the LP Strangeways, Here We Come, Marr dissolved the group, claiming their...
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