Morrissey | Swords

UME Imports (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 6, 2009
3.0 3.0 Stars


Morrissey — begrudging patron saint of all that is emotionally desolate and otherwise comfortably bummed — is but a mere mortal, as his recent collapse on stage proves. The Sharply Dressed One has been cranking out new music at an exhausting pace, with three studio records and one live album in the past five years.

Following on the heels of this year’s fantastic Years of Refusal, the equally fantastic (if prosaically titled) Swords collects the wealth of Morrissey’s recent B-sides. This may be the most immediate and catchy thrill of Mozzer’s post-millennial output, as “Children in Pieces,” “It’s Hard To Walk Tall When You’re Small,” and the Eastern-inflected “Good Looking Man About Town” would argue.

There are plenty of fatalistic life lessons here (if you don’t like me, don’t look at me; shame rules the world; Christian Dior will suffice as a metaphor for how we fucked up), not to mention a crushing live cover of David Bowie’s “Drive-In Saturday.” Conformity equals wasted life in “Teenage Dad on His Estate,” which laments the way we’re guided by the media. Guilty as charged, then: I’ll gladly let Moz, my all-too-human co-pilot, do my thinking for me.

Related: Unhappy birthday, The Big Hurt: Lambert works it, 50 blows it, Moz ends it, Slideshow: Morrissey at House of Blues, More more >
  Topics: CD Reviews , David Bowie, Morrissey (Singer), MORRISSEY,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BROWN BIRD | FITS OF REASON  |  March 18, 2013
    Brown Bird, a boundary-pushing Americana duo from Rhode Island, make music that touches upon that can't-put-my-finger-on-it amalgamation of past and future sounds.
  •   NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS | PUSH THE SKY AWAY  |  February 20, 2013
    Much like the similarly low-key The Boatman's Call , Cave's highly anticipated 15th album with the Bad Seeds manages the puzzling feat of making a great band seem inconsequential, if not entirely absent.
  •   SCOTT WALKER | BISH BOSCH  |  November 27, 2012
    Scott Walker's late-period about-face is one of the strangest in the annals of pop music.
    Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
  •   R.E.M. | DOCUMENT [25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION]  |  September 19, 2012
    Fans of R.E.M. enjoy arguing over which album was the band's true shark-jump, but 1987's Document was inarguably the end of a groundbreaking era.

 See all articles by: ZETH LUNDY