Years Of Refusal - Morrissey
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  • Summary: The latest solo album for the singer was produced by the late Jerry Finn.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Not since 1992’s "Your Arsenal" has he combined barbed wit and fast-moving, backward-glancing guitar rock so piercingly.
  2. A Morrissey record you can dig into without caring much about the man's lyrics.
  3. Years of Refusal is Morrissey's third album this decade, and it is easily his most vital and engaging and maybe even heartbreaking since 1992's "Your Arsenal."
  4. 80
    Records as bright and occasionally beautiful as Years Of Refusal make us forgive Morrissey (the artist) even his most juvenile foibles.
  5. Produced by the late Jerry Finn, the album is a slice of American rock radio, polished, compressed, and routinely combustible.
  6. His ninth album, Years of Refusal, stares down existential dread with muscular glam-rock riffs, cheesy synths, heroic mariachi flourishes and a whole lot of punch lines.
  7. As with a lot of Morrissey's latter-day solo material, its target market appears to be people who heard the Smiths and thought: if only this stuff was less beautifully nuanced and original, a bit more ungainly and predictable, then we'd really be getting somewhere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. KarolK
    Feb 19, 2009
    10
    Well, what can I say... I knew it would be good... but I hadn't expected such a charming, passionate album. It's Morrissey.
  2. juana
    Feb 18, 2009
    10
    Moz is here!!!
  3. juanj.
    Feb 18, 2009
    10
    Great!!!
  4. BradleyH
    Feb 21, 2009
    9
    "When I last spoke to Carol" is so relevant to a generation dealing with depression in the decline of the empire and the security promised us by our parents and grandparents, Morrissey still sees and acknowledges youthful pain. Expand
  5. ferm
    Mar 8, 2009
    9
    The only reason me not giving it a 10 is because the recycling of Thats how people grow up and the similar sound on the last two songs...but i think Its not your birthday anymore is one of his greatest songs... ever !!! theres an anguish on his vocals, a sadness thats is so beautiful and only he can do that...Carol, and Paris are also refreshing and Sumtin squezzing my skull is so dynamic...even though hes not at the excelent level vocally as he was six years ago hes still one of the greatest voices ever. Miss a little bit the arrangements on the music from Ringleader but still im a MOZHEAD Expand
  6. luciusmag
    Feb 26, 2009
    9
    It's really good, equally up there as 'You Are The Query''.
  7. ThomasT
    Feb 18, 2009
    3
    The Smiths were bad, this is worse

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