Years Of Refusal


Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. It’s with his newest album, Years of Refusal, that Morrissey has delivered one of his finest albums to date.
  3. Years of Refusal, his most consistently meaty solo work since 1994's "Vauxhall and I," amps up guitarist Boz Boorer's crunch and crackle to near-felonius degrees.
  4. It's a surprisingly muscular set of punked-up Britpop, spiked with the singer's still-dripping scorn.
  5. A Morrissey record you can dig into without caring much about the man's lyrics.
  6. Years Of Refusal is Morrissey on top form.
  7. 80
    Though Moz's vocal range has narrowed with age, he still delivers brilliantly titled odes to depression and hanging out on his own.
  8. 80
    Records as bright and occasionally beautiful as Years Of Refusal make us forgive Morrissey (the artist) even his most juvenile foibles.
  9. Nothing here is surprising, of course, but Years of Refusal is a full-bodied, full-blooded album that also happens to be fully realized--even if it is on a rather modest scale.
  10. Mozzer's ninth solo album is still a good solid guitar-rock record, even though it's his worst since 1997's career nadir, "Maladjusted."
  11. As the album proceeds, Morrissey simply sounds like a superior version of the singer he's always been.
  12. 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."
  13. The difference between mediocre and magnificent Morrissey records tends to be the music, and by that measure, Years of Refusal is the strongest of his three '00s comeback efforts.
  14. It’s a formidable return to his more familiar post-’04 pop form, a better album by any assessment than YATQ.
  15. Love and its bruising unobtainableness remains his chief concern, but with Years Of Refusal some things have changed. For a start there’s less of the stately strings of "Ringleader..." and more of the direct rockabilly of "...Quarry."
  16. The Manchester Mope now pushes in the opposite direction, ratcheting up the distortion, muscling up on his vocals, and emphasizing live-in-the-studio energy over overdubbed perfection. In the process, he has rarely sounded so urgent.
  17. This time his band has gelled into an effective stadium-rocking outfit, and his dark humour actually seems connected to some real emotion rather than a strategy designed to create some ironic distance.
  18. Under The Radar
    While it's hard to top some of the early solo work, it's easily his best album in more than a decade, and for the first time in years, he's made a record to stand beside those early classics. [Winter 2009, p.73]
  19. With music this uniformly entertaining, it’s best just to quiet down and let the former Stephen Patrick Morrissey do the talking. That's what Years of Refusal confirms as his greatest strength, anyway.
  20. Produced by the late Jerry Finn, the album is a slice of American rock radio, polished, compressed, and routinely combustible.
  21. Years of Refusal isn't just the loudest thing Morrissey has done in the '00s, it's also the best.
  22. In the end, we needn’t concern ourselves too much with the machinations of some emotionally arrested Peter Pan of pop. Moz will always have the last word, anyways, which makes the barb from the album’s closer all the more appropriate: “This might make you throw up in your bed, I’m OK by myself!”
  23. 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.
  24. The question is whether Years Of Refusal finds Morrissey still opening his musical horizons and legs, or reverting to sour type. Predictably for a man whose solo career often seems to be a sadistic exercise in frustration, the answer lies between the two.
  25. No, Years of Refusal, though it contains several songs that could be among his best, is no classic.
  26. Years of Refusal feels vibrant as an art of words and images; it’s somehow weaker as music.
  27. Though a few tracks like 'That's How People Grow Up' fall back on overused Morrissey formulas, others like the Latin-tinged 'When Last I Saw Carol' add welcome variety.
  28. Of the twelve tracks on show, the first eight are endlessly listenable and demonstrate the fact that when on form, Morrissey sure knows how to write a tune.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    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. NotThe 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. Full Review »
  2. alexr
    Apr 7, 2009
    A good solid Morrissey album. Not his best, not his worst. I would say this is his best since his return, though.
  3. J.G.
    Mar 25, 2009
    Easily accessible, fresh sounding record with Morrissey in full concert with the rest of his band. That said where are the keen insights, the Easily accessible, fresh sounding record with Morrissey in full concert with the rest of his band. That said where are the keen insights, the sly wit? A great Moz album to introduce non-Moz fans, but for die hards not enough of the wit, humor, and majesty that has made Morrissey. Full Review »