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would you tell me to just finish buying all the smiths studio albums first?
Although if you don't own the big four (The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, Queen Is Dead, Strangeways) then you probably should. Which solo album were you thinking of getting?
made me think that i haven't ever really paid his solo work much attention.
i only have queen is dead (my second copy), strangeways and the singles collection
Don't worry about the Smiths' debut for now as it's not very good. I would recommend Louder Than Bombs if you see it cheap - some of the stuff you'll have from Hatful of Hollow but there's some stuff on there well worth having if inexpensive.
Then moving on to Morrissey might be worth getting Your Arsenal, Vauxhall & I and, again the singles collection.
The fundamental problem, after that, is it gets a bit repetitive. There's some good songs on the other Morrissey albums but there's only so many times you can listen to a guy sing about pretty much the same topics in pretty much the same style over and over before you feel like screaming "change the fucking record" at him.
"Don't worry about the Smiths' debut for now as it's not very good."
It is very good. But maybe after HoH and MiM, sure. It's for slightly more refined tastes.
Agreed on the crushing repetitiveness of Mozza's solo stuff for the most part, but there's still some top drawer stuff. Personally I'd start with 'Bona Drag'.
Hatful of Hollow its superb!
I don't really know any of his other solo stuff, but this got a lot of plays by me when it first came out.
I know a lot of people hated You Are The Quarry, but I thought it was one of his best. Other than that one, I would suggest getting Viva Hate and Southpaw Grammar.
But if you're going to get a solo album, get Your Arsenal. Its blahdy great.
When you rated all of his solo work a while ago. Or have you changed your mind? Or did I just dream the whole thing?
but I have Your Are the Quarry and Ringleader of the Tormentors. Why did I completely forget about them?
*I've never actually heard ROTL - that may be harsh.
I'll defend almost anything Morrissey has done, but ROTL was terribly boring.
Too many fucking acronyms.
'First of the Gang To Die' and 'Irish Blood, English Heart' were great, but I struggle to remember how the rest of it goes.
Anyway, I think I was probably meaning I haven't started collecting any of his proper, post-Smiths solo albums.
but in retrospect there aren't that many great songs on it - only the ones you mention really.
America is Not the World is a terrible song, lyrically one of the worst songs ever by a respected and otherwise-talented songwriters, The World is Full of Crashing Bores is bitter and angry to a point of being genuinely unpleasant to listen to and some of the other songs are a bit dull. I like I Have Forgiven Jesus and Come Back to Camden's pretty good and the production and the music on All the Lazy Dykes is excellent but on the whole it's a 6/10 album, maybe a 7/10 at best.
saying it was his big RETURN TO FORM, but a lot of the lyrics on it made me think "Yeah, you've said that already". Maybe I'll buy Vauxhall & I this weekend. It's about time I did.
Hard Bolied style.
I do believe I had a listen on Spotify (there's a load of his albums on there) and it was hilarious. Every song had the same words just swapped around a bit. Not quite as funny as "By Friday life has killed me" x2
But still. He needs to get a grip.
bona drag's a nice comp, or the rhino records greatest hits.
emi one ok and always cheap, the one out last year is poor.
if you like you are the quarry, seek the 2-disc one, the second cd is excellent and many cuts should have made the album... or maybe moz should have held back a bit?
1- your arsenal
2- vauxhall and i
3- bona drag or the emi copilation
the live record bethoveen was deaf is pretty good too, that is if you ended up liking the your arsenal era.
the other ones are quiet hit and miss (viva hate, you are the quarry) if not terrible dull (maladjausted, kill uncle, southpaw grammar)
are as strong sa anything else he's recorded solo I think, and the album is saved again at the end with Margaret On The Guillotine. Plus the bonus tracks you get with it as I've Changed My Plea To Guilty which is one of my favourite Morrissey songs.
Or has somebody mentioned it and I've missed it - BONA DRAG!!! Clearly his best album and, dare I say it, up there with almost every Smiths album except for the best one.
correct I really like the live LP, Beethoven was deaf, also mainly for the cracking version of Jack The Ripper
is clearly his best. Better than a few Smiths LPs too
get Viva Hate, then You Are The Quarry.
In chronological order, starting with Viva Hate, and sing along with Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together at the top of your voice whilst clutching your chest
ANGEL, DON'T TAKE YOUR LIFE, SOME PEOPLE HAVE GOT NO PRIDE, THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND, THE URGENCY OF LIFE