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
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  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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  1. Aug 1, 2014
    9
    The best album to date of the 21st Century's incarnation of Morrissey, Years of Refusal finds Moz back at the top of his lyrical game. Not every song is brilliant, but there are several tracks on this album that could go toe to toe with anything the man's ever produced. The music is equally sharp, and it's some of the most aggressive rock that Morrissey has put out. Expand

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