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Editors’ Notes

Morrissey's the perennial outsider. What his original band the Smiths gave him was a home, a sympathetic context for his existential woes. His solo work has been an exhaustive search for a worthy new platform and he's worked with numerous producers in search of the resonant chord. This time it's legendary Bowie-T. Rex producer Tony Visconti with an additional assist from legendary movie scorer Ennio Morricone, and while the resultant album is less than legendary, it's still perversely fascinating. There may be moments of orchestral intrigue and rock bombast, but the real draw is Morrissey's seemingly endless way with approaching the same old social dead-ends. "Dear God, Please Help Me," "You Have Killed Me," "The Youngest Was the Most Loved" and "Life is A Pigsty," the titles alone indicate Morrissey has lost none of his panache or humor with life's darkest corners. He may never meet another sympathetic foil as singular and endearing as guitarist Johnny Marr, but Moz is having a blast getting lost in thickets of strings, pianos and whatever else his producers can do to doll him up for a night observing the town — from afar.

Customer Reviews


This album really grew on me over time- the more I hear it, the more I love it. Life is a Pigsty is Morrissey's Comfortably Numb. Epic.

Great CD

You Have Killed Me, Best Morrissey song ever, this CD is proof that nobody does it better than Morrissey


This album is one of my favorites ever. so smoothing and stuff. If you like the check the smiths out. he was in that band in 1984!1 good stuff.


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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