Boomslang - Johnny Marr & The Healers

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. The problem: Semi-masked in the Healers, he's short an originality chromosone. [Feb 2003, p.70]
  2. Boomslang is the album Marr fans have been waiting a lifetime for.
  3. 40
    The only standout is "Down On The Corner," built around the ear-pricking chords and lithe grace that stamp Marr's best work. [#14, p.139]
  4. The lyrics aren't "How Soon Is Now?"-type genius, but they go down easily enough.
  5. The album's arrangements are limp and unimaginative. [28 Feb 2003, p.80]
  6. 60
    As a record of one man's love affair with his guitar, it's a solid testament. As the work of one of British music's unshakeable geniuses, however, it's not really worth the name. [Mar 2003, p.98]
  7. Left to his own devices here, Marr has penned vague lyrics and delivered them in a monotone, coupled with uninspired melodies that only underline the singer's limitations.
  8. Positively pillaging Oasis and The Stone Roses (whom Oasis pillaged in the first place), Johnny Marr + The Healers' mediocre debut is a defeated regurgitation of danceable Britpop and Madchester traditions that, in its best moments, recalls a second-rate... Soup Dragons.
  9. A pleasant, if not always engaging, slice of post-grunge, post-Britpop guitar rock.
  10. Boomslang labours under the delusion that The Stone Roses' Second Coming was a good idea worth pursuing in greater detail. [Feb 2003, p.100]
  11. It's got all the atmosphere of a great rock record, but not the guts of one.
  12. However nice the guitar sounds, though, it's hard to ignore the fact that it's dressing up songs that would be a bit dull without it.
  13. Boomslang's heavily treated vocals, nondescript songwriting, and swirling, noisy production doesn't leave much room for personality to pop through.
  14. 80
    Most rewarding are the serene "Something to Shout About" and the cascading "Down On The Corner": respectively, the No 1 smash Electronic should have had and the massive hit a reformed Smiths still could. [Mar 2003, p.95]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jan 21, 2012
    For an album penned by the greatest pop guitarist ever, this is a sad affair. Johnny has clearly been caught up in the originality Black Hole that engulfed almost all post britpop bands. None of these tracks show the genius guitar work that we know as trademark Marr- rather a mixing pot of all of the worst aspects of 2000's guitar culture. But its ok, we forgive you Johnny. Full Review »