Experimental Music Love

March 13, 2009

Morrissey – Years of Refusal

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 2:38 pm

Morrissey – Years of Refusal

And the Morrissey myth continues. It’s a myth that, like Lost or elderly relatives, is becoming increasingly hard to pay attention to though. From a vivid first chapter, all starry-eyed, floppy haired and so easy to relate to (you know, if you were one of those kids), pages were turned with eagerness past the emotional peak of The Queen is Dead, and the maturity of Vauxhall and I, with subsequent maudlin middle age making that resurgence of You Are The Quarry so hopeful.

It seems Quarry was a final, glorious swansong tough, with Ringleader of the Tormentos a redundnat appendice, and this, his umpteenth work, a simlar run through of the standard Morrissey rigmarole.

Something is Squeezing My Skull may offer Morrissey’s most assured vocal yet, but what’s to follow on plays into the hands of his many critics, so sure that each word he says he full of misery and hopelessness. His past career has shown this to be far from true, but Years of Refusal doesn’tg have much defence.

The yearning for mother returns, though she’s now laying on the bottom of a river, and that familiar regail that no human could love him fills codas and choruses. At 20, this was poetic, symbolic and anthemic. Now, it’s a blatant lie.

No Morrissey album could ever be awful, but rareley are they now interesting. Exactly what you would expect, nothing like what you could hope for.

6.0/10

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