Yet another unsung, understated and low key masterpiece from Vauxhall and I. This is Moz at his most dreamy. Stunning production from SL, and perfectly executed by the band. And I haven’t even brushed on Morrissey’s incredible vocal or the eerie, funny and poetic Stevie Smith inspired lyrics...
This is just perfection, and again a song which only Moz could have written.
It's totally unique; gentle, dreamy, almost ghostly in its perfect vocal & musical delivery.
Then comes the chilling & devastating:
Please don't worry
There'll be no fuss
She was ... nobody's nothing
A very strange piece, this, what with the eerie lead vocals and snaking clarinet. Everything combines to create a sinister tone, and, especially considering the bleak lyrics, it definitely delivers. The hazy production of Lillywhite also aids the song’s swaying textures, making each instrument bleed into one another for a dreamy effect. One of my newer favourites from Vauxhall, but a favourite nonetheless.
With this kind of singing, Morrissey takes full risks and wins everything. I like to repeat myself: Boorer had fantastic tunes going in the 90s and Lilliwhyte knew exactly how to put him and the music in the best light.
I think this song is really funny. Once again, "no one else would write those lyrics." My favorite song with "Lifeguard" in the title. I'll give it an 8/10 too. The watery tremolo guitar and soaked in reverb production are very literal and I think that adds to the fun.
Not a number I find myself singing along to with such frequency as some of the other songs on the wonderful ‘Vauxhall and I’, Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning is a beautiful number; I don’t often sing along to this one because the vocals here are so stunning, so dreamy and hazy, that nobody else can, or should, touch them. As I listen now I can almost feel the tide tugging at my feet….
I am really intrigued by his voice here: entirely in the highest range of his voice and almost whispering in your ears at times. Yes, he went out of his range on this one and that is rare. Interesting on the level of instrumentation and production too, like you're being washed away by the sea. So words and music are teaming up nicely towards something bigger than the separate parts.
My least favorite on Vauxhall, which doesn't mean a whole lot given how much I love everything on this record. A restrained take on “Not Waving But Drowning,” this has to be the most experimental Morrissey has ever been with his vocals? I’m not much of a Cure fan, but his approach here always pleasantly reminded me of “Lullaby.”
Despite preferring it to this song, I don’t think “I’d Love To” would have worked here.