• Record Label: Sire
  • Release Date: Feb 25, 2014
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Magnet
    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. Q Magazine
    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]
  4. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    This is a rare Morrissey record in which the music matters as much as the words. Mercifully, this reissue does what no Moz re-package has yet managed, and respects the integrity of the original.
  5. Uncut
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. Mojo
    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]
  8. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    with fits of glam flamboyance and a raw rockabilly bluntness, Moz's third solo LP made clear what Smiths fans already knew: Here was a new kind of superstar. For more proof, check this remastered reissue's must-see bonus DVD.
  9. 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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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 andI 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. Full Review »