Johnny Marr review: Where Morrissey failed, his Smiths bandmate scores a clear win
(4/5 stars) - The Sydney Morning Herald
by Bernard Zuel
Comparisons are odious, no doubt, and a cheap shot one way or another. But it's too hard to ignore, two months after Morrissey – Johnny Marr's partner in the Smiths and his tetchy rival in the 30 years since – played in these parts.
Both have far longer solo careers than their brief, if storied, time in that great Manchester band of the 1980s, yet never is a word written about them without reference to the Smiths, often suggesting that no matter how good their subsequent work is, it will never match what they did then.
Of course, that's unfair and not automatically right, as the dull Smiths' songs What She Said
and Meat Is Murder
proved in May. And, of course, that's never going to change.
But if it