Swords - Morrissey
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  • Summary: The compilation contains b-sides from his past three albums.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It's almost worth it for the titles alone. [Dec 2009, p. 136]
  2. Morrissey's non-album material has traditionally been impeccable, but Swords is not complete in terms of extra material from the past decade. Nevertheless, taken only as a somehwat arbitrary collection of songs, Swords still excels.
  3. 78
    It's obvious that great pains were taken with the sequencing--starting with the exuberant "Good Looking Man About Town," winding down with Morrissey's twist on Bowie's nostalgic "Drive-In Saturday, " and trailing off with the resigned ode "Because of My Poor Education." The artistry alone is worth the purchase. [Holiday 2009, p.91]
  4. Uneasy expressions or not, Swords will slay if given the chance.
  5. 60
    The themes are familiar, yet still captivating, as rock's most misanthropic man sings about a world of emotional retardation and alienation. [Dec 2009, p.111]
  6. 60
    While a large proportion of these Swords are decidedly blunt blades, a few could have easily found a place on a greatest hits.
  7. Considering the quality of the singles drawn from "You Are the Quarry," "Ringleader of the Tormentors," and "Years of Refusal," it's an utter disappointment that Swords, the collection of B-sides from those singles, is so uneven.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 23, 2013
    I dont get the reviews for this one. For me this is maybe my favorite Morrissey solo album, especially in terms of the other intstruments then Morrisseys voice, but also the singing and lyrics is to me very special on this. Put on "If you dont like me...", "Shame is the name", "I knew I was next" and you will hear what I'm talking about. Expand
  2. Jul 31, 2014
    This isn't the strongest Morrissey album of its type - how could it be, with a masterpiece like Bona Drag banging around - but it is artfully put together, and most of the songs are good enough to merit the effort involved. A few are actually amazing. Expand
  3. Aug 26, 2014
    Swords is not perfect. As a B-side compilation album there are inevitably going to be some misfires, and indeed there are (Sweetie Pie springs to mind immediately). But there is also plenty of wonderful material on offer here and, for whatever reason, I still find this compilation more engaging than Morrissey's studio albums of the same era (namely Ringleader of the Tormentors, Years of Refusal and, to a lesser extent, You are the Quarry). Swords ain't no Bona Drag but it's still a great addition to Morrissey's catalog. Expand