Experimental Music Love

January 8, 2008

Morrissey – Glasgow, Carling Academy 27/04/06

Filed under: Live Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 7:09 pm

 

There really is no other artist out there like Morrissey. 25 years in the industry, and the anticipation of his presence is still enough to excite an adoring audience into a near religious fervour.

Worshipped with constant chants of Morrissey!, more reminiscent of the terraces than a music venue, this legend has a lot to live up, and a lot to prove to show he can still cut it with this constant stream if indie acts, undoubtedly influenced by The Smiths.

 

Sons and Daughters pass by unremarkably musically, if rather pleasing aesthetically, before Manchester’s favourite son makes his presence known. And if the chants before his appearance didn’t beatify the man enough, the deafening cheers as the opening ‘Los Angeles… you are too hot’ of First of the Gang to Die is heard turn the man into a saint.

 

An ecstatic start to the show is followed by an even more joyful moment for Morrissey die hards as Smiths’ classic Still Ill is chosen from his extensive and exquisite back catalogue. Though sadly lacking in harmonica, it still resonates here today as fresh and meaningful as it did in the eighties. As the great man said afterwards ‘And I’m Still Ill, and proud’.

 

Fittingly, these two past glories are followed by his latest offering. You Have Killed Me, though a little lacklustre on record, gains a new lease of life buoyed on from adored tracks and fits in wonderfully. As too does next single The Youngest Was The Most Loved , even if it does miss the child choir’s eerie accompaniment on the chorus.

 

After four magnificent crowd pleasers, a lull was only natural. Some of the weaker sides of Ringleader… get an airing as Morrissey shows off his new material. On The Streets I Ran, At Last I am Born and To Me You are a Work of Art, though interesting, don’t much the tempo set by the earlier, stronger material, and make you yearn for the classics.

 

These do resurface thankfully, as the likes of Girlfriend in a Coma and Trouble Loves Me send the crowd into a frenzy. The lack of Marr’s intricacies on guitar are noticeable on the former the band not able to deliver the song in the delightfully chirpy way it was intended yet, Morrissey delivers the dead pan vocals with all the sardonic charm you’d expect. The latter is preceded by a version of Loch Lomond on the piano, and is one of the highlights of a highlight filled night.

 

The end of Let Me Kiss You sees Morrissey throw his shirt into the crowd, causing a minor melee as desperate fans claw for a piece of their hero. Too busy fighting over their prize, many will have missed I Just Want to See the Boy Happy one of the stronger points of Ringleader… and sounding tremendous here.

 

As with the album, the live show sees as its centrepiece the epic Life is a Pigsty, and shows a more restrained, thoughtful side to Morrissey as he proclaims of his ‘falling in love again’. And what better to close the set than with another classic from the past, as the juddering, cacophonic, pulsating guitar of How Soon Is Now? blares from the speakers, sending a shiver down the spine of all those in the crowd who’ve grown up with The Smiths as the soundtrack to their lives. There shall be very fer more satisfying experiences than being thrown about manically in the middle of a gleeful audience as one of the greatest songs of all time is sung so dryly by a genuine living legend.

 

A one song encore sees another modern classic as Irish Blood, English Heart causes yet more manic appreciation from the crowd. Splendid.

 

So, how to sum up? A legend and hero to many, yet reviled by those who just don’t get him any review of his work is going to be partial. But I don’t care. I loved every moment of this. An absolutely blissful experience from beginning to end, if sadly lacking in older numbers. But, hey, it’s Morrissey. MORRISSEY!!

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