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  • Summary: The remastered of the former Smiths frontman's 1992 album includes a live DVD of the 1991 Halloween concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
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  1. Mar 19, 2014
    90
    Musically, there's nary a bad track. [No. 107, p.54]
  2. 90
    The accompanying live DVD, recorded at Shoreline Amphitheatre in 1992, is a good-enough bonus, rather than a must-have live document. These are minor quibbles of course; a whole stack of tacky badges couldn’t stand in the way of Your Arsenal being absolutely essential.
  3. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    The accompanying DVD features an early performance by this line-up, which is a mildly diverting if sonically unspectacular curio alongside a still largely splendid record.
  4. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    After 1991's low impact Kill Uncle, the often truculent Your Arsenal was where Morrissey discovered a newly villainous persona and a way forward. [Mar 2014, p.105]
  5. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    "I need to rebuild a gang spirit," Morrissey said, and you can hear exactly that quality in the album's best moments. [Mar 2014, p.122]
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    A typically perverse decision to substitute a US remix for the standard version of album closer "Tomorrow" does little to deaden the impact of an album that owned its moment every bit as much as The Queen Is Dead. [Mar 2014, p.94]
  7. Mar 19, 2014
    73
    Your Arsenal, unlike the previous year's Kill Uncle, sounded like the work of a real group--as indeed it was.... This edition comes with a slightly muddy but passable live DVD filmed at California's Shoreline Amphitheatre in October, 1991, four months or so after the concert that became the Live in Dallas video.

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  1. May 10, 2014
    10
    I love Shoreline, and I think Morrissey is one of the greats of our generation. There are obviously much better recordings of the Smiths and Morrissey but this is a very solid album and obviously if you are a fan you should pick it up. Expand