25 Songs, 1 Hour 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vauxhall & I was Morrissey’s return to the subtle sounds that he and Johnny Marr had explored with The Smiths. Two new comrades, Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer, helped Moz keep his standards up, and songs like “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get,” “I Am Hated for Loving," and “Used to Be a Sweet Boy” showed what age and wisdom could do for an engaged cynic like Morrissey. No one mistook the gentle, lyrical “Hold On to Your Friends” as an olive branch toward his old band, but rather a showing that Moz could do it without them. (Honestly, no one replaces Marr.) The album landed on many fans’ best-of lists, and this 2014 20th Anniversary Definitive Master edition features excellent remastered sound and the inclusion of a previously unreleased live concert recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1995. Five tracks from Vauxhall & I were performed, along with a cover of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”: a classic Morrissey choice and performance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vauxhall & I was Morrissey’s return to the subtle sounds that he and Johnny Marr had explored with The Smiths. Two new comrades, Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer, helped Moz keep his standards up, and songs like “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get,” “I Am Hated for Loving," and “Used to Be a Sweet Boy” showed what age and wisdom could do for an engaged cynic like Morrissey. No one mistook the gentle, lyrical “Hold On to Your Friends” as an olive branch toward his old band, but rather a showing that Moz could do it without them. (Honestly, no one replaces Marr.) The album landed on many fans’ best-of lists, and this 2014 20th Anniversary Definitive Master edition features excellent remastered sound and the inclusion of a previously unreleased live concert recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1995. Five tracks from Vauxhall & I were performed, along with a cover of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”: a classic Morrissey choice and performance.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings

Great Album cover to cover.

Joey Cards

This is a brilliant album by itself, when you add all the live bonus tracks with the anniversary reissue it makes this purchase that much sweeter.

NFD!

nuuk53

If nothing else, buy the 7+ minute live version of National Front Disco. Well worth it!

They took off original!!!

Chifblox1231

They took off the original version from iTunes!!

About Morrissey

A voice for angry outcasts and hopeless romantics alike, singer, songwriter, and former Smiths frontman Morrissey braids punk’s iconoclasm with a biting wit and a flamboyant sense of despair. Born Steven Morrissey in 1959 in Manchester, England, he went on to form The Smiths in his early twenties—a band whose blend of shimmering guitar pop and self-lacerating lyrics set the template for an incalculable number of left-of-center artists. You can hear it in everyone from Radiohead and Belle and Sebastian to the downcast heroes of emo and alt-rock—even Outkast’s André 3000 once said he wished he’d written The Smiths’ lush 1987 ballad “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” himself. Morrissey’s solo career, which began in the late ’80s after the band’s acrimonious demise, has been just as fruitful—and built on his already-rabid cult following, particularly among Latino youths. Songs like “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” and “Suedehead” use misery as a sort of security blanket, a defense against the traumas of giving one’s self over to real vulnerability. Despite being a consummate provocateur—over the years, he’s taken controversial stances all across the political spectrum—Morrissey has always managed to shrug off heavy feelings with lighthearted indifference, summing up his legacy as such to Melody Maker: “When they bury me in a church and chuck earth on my grave, I’d like the words ‘Well, at least he tried’ engraved on my tombstone.”

HOMETOWN
Manchester, England
BORN
May 22, 1959

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