Experimental Music Love

October 13, 2009

Morrissey – Swords

Filed under: Album Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 9:32 pm
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morrissey_swordsMorrissey – Swords

Taken from the former Smiths singer’s work since his 2004 resurgence with ‘You Are the Quarry’ this collection of b-sides is more premature than irrelevant. Did we really need to hear ‘I Knew I Was Next’ or ‘Children in Pieces’ again, when another batch of singles would really have left with us with a bunch of joyous extras that would have fitted easily onto most other artist’s greatest hits?

That said, we’d have to hope that album was better than ‘Ringleader of the Tormentors’ – Morrissey’s dull, safe filling between the soaring ‘Quarry’ and the biting ‘Years of Refusal’. For it’s the moments that compliment ‘Ringleader’ that fail here, and it’s something all too evident when the likes of ‘Munich Air Disaster 1958’ and that anthem for virgins everywhere, ‘The Never-Symphonies’ put into context just what a remarkable selection of songs Morrissey had at his disposal five years ago.

If his own work doesn’t necessarily improve though, his interpretation of Bowie’s ‘Drive-In Saturday’ though dry is full of the awe seen in his other covers ‘A Song From Under The Floorboards’ or ‘No-one Can Hold A Candle To You’ and becomes a rare, late treat.

There’ll be absolute no interest in this if you don’t know and love the man already. For those who do, this will be more a convenience than anything else. Even if it is nice to hear ‘My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye’ again.

6.5/10

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