Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Music Review: Morrissey - Years of Refusal (**1/2)



"Even when setting aside its considerable merits and focusing solely on its commercial and critical impact, Morrissey’s 2004 album You Are the Quarry still stands as one of the more interesting comeback records of the decade. It had been 7 years since his last album, 1997’s critically ravaged Maladjusted, and it’s important to remember that the album had marked the unfortunate nadir of a solo career that had been at best respected and at worst reviled. Time and perspective have shone a friendlier light on that run of 90s solo albums, but it wasn’t until You Are the Quarry that Morrissey’s solo efforts could even come close to measuring that of his legendary band The Smiths. For better or worse, it’s doubtful any Morrissey record will ever again be met with such eager anticipation and rapturous acclaim. However, that doesn’t mean that Moz no longer possess the ability to impress, as he proves consistently over the course of his newest album, the muscular Years of Refusal." [Continue Reading]

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