Reviews of 'Years of Refusal'

All you need is me. The swinging pophitten as Moz put on his Greatest Hits CD that came in the spring.
Added to vocabulary "Schwinging pophitten" :guitar:
 
I Will Not Buy This Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :tears:

Because Of My Good Education, Action Man,....Where Did It Go??????
 
All Of The Quality Is Gone!!!!!!!

Oh Christ, Another Stifled Album....

So you have actually heard all the songs on the album, and heard Because of My Poor Education etc. Interesting. How did you manage to hear all these songs?

Because if you haven't heard all these songs then you're pretty stupid to be saying these songs are worse than the others.
 
Seems that quite a few people have made their mind up about this album before they have heard it! :D

I love openminded Morrissey fans.

You fail at having brains. :p
 
Why is everyone so f***ing critical of Morrissey's music? Not counting the lyrics of course.

We should all be so happy that he is even still making music, the amount of critical shyte he gets.

Oh blahdy blah people complaining about ''all you need is me'' etc being crap. I thought it was fab actually, i very much get in the mood for dancing with that song! haha

Morrissey is the best, simply.

Sorry I can't stand criticisms of his work.

Oh dear...
 
Why is everyone so f***ing critical of Morrissey's music? Not counting the lyrics of course.

We should all be so happy that he is even still making music, the amount of critical shyte he gets.

Oh blahdy blah people complaining about ''all you need is me'' etc being crap. I thought it was fab actually, i very much get in the mood for dancing with that song! haha

Morrissey is the best, simply.

Sorry I can't stand criticisms of his work.

Not even Moz is above criticism and I don't think he'd expect his fans to give every thing he ever does the tick of approval. If people like the songs then they are free to comment just like if they don't like the songs they are free to do as well. The internet is just one massive opinion churning machine. But I do agree with you that it's great and we should feel lucky that he is still making music because even an average yes even below average Morrissey song is ten times better than most songs today ,yesterday and for that matter tomorrow's barrage.

btw I also love "All you need is me" One of his best singles of recent years.
 
My translation of the interesting parts, it's a bit better than the google one but there's still some words that even my dictionary couldn't answer.

Something Is Squeezing My Skull. An alarming opening song that made me choke on my afternoon tea. Intensive drums, rock and Moz is singing faster then ever with a funny emphasis on “skull”. Why is this track on the record? And as track one? Dear god.

Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed. A big improvement from track nr one. A lot of drums, a rocky audio picture and it reminds a bit of the Maladjusted-era. A song with potential to grow.

Black Cloud. Sounds like a typical Morrissey anno ’00 song. A rocking background and it’s finished by a short guitar solo.

I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
. Perhaps the records most beautiful song. Lovesick pop arrangements and guitar riffs that makes Morrissey’s voice stand out instead of melting together with a rocking background.

All You Need Is Me. The swinging pop hit that Moz put on his Greatest Hits-record that came this spring.

When I Last Spoke To Carol. My favourite song and one of Morrissey’s best songs from the 21st century. Superb intro with Spanish guitars. It sounds bombastic in a new Moz-way and at the end there’s also some Spanish trumpets and they make him sound more merry (yes, I like to use the word merry here).

That’s How People Grow Up
. I still have difficulties for Kristeen Youngs opera inspired intro but I fancy the rest of the song. Moz-swinging (it is a special type of swing).

One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell. Sounds as a typical Moz-song with pompous and grand lyrics. I like it a lot.

It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore
. The love singer Morrissey is back. A song that stands out from the record. The music is [krämar] like it was specially written for arenas.

You Were Good In Your Time. A slow track with synthetic strings that is finished with recordings from some film with flying machines. I guess post-world war II but which film is it that is being sampled?

Sorry Doesn’t Help. Sounds as something that could place on some of his latest records. A swinging high-pace song with a good ending.

I’m OK By Myself. Gorgeous intro with the same push as in Sweet And Tender Hooligan. “Could this be an arm around my waist?” Morrissey asks while the guitars flash and the bass guitar is [rusar] in the foreground. A marvellous ending for the record.
 
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My translation of the interesting parts, it's a bit better than the google one but there's still some words that even my dictionary couldn't answer.

Something Is Squeezing My Skull. An alarming opening song that made me choke on my afternoon tea. Intensive drums, rock and Moz is singing faster then ever with a funny emphasis on “skull”. Why is this track on the record? And as track one? Dear god.

Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed. A big improvement from track nr one. A lot of drums, a rocky audio picture and it reminds a bit of the Maladjusted-era. A song with potential to grow.

Black Cloud. Sounds like a typical Morrissey anno ’00 song. A rocking background and it’s finished by a short guitar solo.

I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
. Perhaps the records most beautiful song. Lovesick pop arrangements and guitar riffs that makes Morrissey’s voice stand out instead of melting together with a rocking background.

All You Need Is Me. The swinging pop hit that Moz put on his Greatest Hits-record that came this spring.

When I Last Spoke To Carol. My favourite song and one of Morrissey’s best song from the 21st century. Superb intro with Spanish guitars. It sounds bombastic in a new Moz-way and at the end there’s also some Spanish trumpets and they make him sound more merry (yes, I like to use the word merry here).

That’s How People Grow Up
. I still have difficulties for Kristeen Youngs opera inspired intro but I fancy the rest of the song. Moz-swinging (it is a special type of swing).

One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell. Sounds as a typical Moz-song with pompous and grand lyrics. I like it a lot.

It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore
. The love singer Morrissey is back. A song that stands out from the record. The music is [krämar] like it was specially written for arenas.

You Were Good In Your Time. A slow track with synthetic strings that is finished with recordings from some film with flying machines. I guess post-world war II but which film is it that is being sampled?

Sorry Doesn’t Help. Sounds as something that could place on some of his latest records. A swinging high-pace song with a good ending.

I’m OK By Myself. Gorgeous intro with the same push as in Sweet And Tender Hooligan. “Could this be an arm around my waist?” Morrissey asks while the guitars flash and the bass guitar is [rusar] in the foreground. A marvellous ending for the record.


Thanks :)

Funny... the only criticism is about Skull and I really like that song :D
 
Why is everyone so f***ing critical of Morrissey's music? Not counting the lyrics of course.

We should all be so happy that he is even still making music, the amount of critical shyte he gets.

Oh blahdy blah people complaining about ''all you need is me'' etc being crap. I thought it was fab actually, i very much get in the mood for dancing with that song! haha

Morrissey is the best, simply.

Sorry I can't stand criticisms of his work.

i can't stand reading your posts.

yes i know about the ignore function

So you have actually heard all the songs on the album, and heard Because of My Poor Education etc. Interesting. How did you manage to hear all these songs?

Because if you haven't heard all these songs then you're pretty stupid to be saying these songs are worse than the others.

chill.

I Will Not Buy This Album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :tears:

Because Of My Good Education, Action Man,....Where Did It Go??????

i was wondering about Action Man too.

I love you Teeth.
 
I think there's more (negative) criticism of this album before it's even out because:

1) half of the songs have been heard before
2) two of those six have been sold before
3) two of the remaining six are written by Jesse, who has his defenders and detractors as a live guitarist, but few fans of his compositions. Boz is well liked as a band member/musician but not so much as a composer lately.
4) some don't like the cover (whether the photo or font, or both)
5) Alain tracks with intriguing titles like "Action Man" and "I'm Looking Forward to Go Back" didn't make it onto the album, and neither did his superb b-side "My Dearest Love"
6) Some people just don't like the production work of Jerry Finn (RIP)

I like to be positive about any Moz release, but 1 & 2 dampen things a little bit for me if only because the the number of new songs to be surprised by is quite small. But we have b-sides to look forward to, live shows, new interviews, TV appearances and all that other good stuff!

EDIT: From the review below it looks as if Jesse's contribution on tracks 11 and 12 are both very good. Looking forward to them, then.
 
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Well, here's the second review (posted on Solo front page). It's a little clearer than the first one we had! It's odd. The reviewer says he's disappointed overall but he seems pretty impressed by quite a few of the songs in the descriptions...


1. Something is squeezing my skull.
Nothing much to say here. You know this one already. A horde of thorny guitars and aggressive drums. Typical Finn production, but not too polished. The drum inferno towards the end makes the song feel like a distant cousin to The Smiths ”London”. The song itself is hardly one of Mozzers strongest, but the sound is good.

2. Mama lay softly on the riverbed.
You know this one already. The song remains true to the live version we’ve all heard by now. Heavy marching drums and fairytale keyboards. And another bitter lyric about ”pigs in grey suits” and "uncivil servants” that I personally think we’ve heard one too many times before. But his singing here is absolutely fantastic. Great vocal.

3. Black cloud.
Starts of with some quite strings and sampled voices. The tone of the song made me think a bit of some forgotten spaghetti western from the seventies. Then the heavy drums (Matt Walker is the real star on this album, really), thorny guitars and heavy feedback kicks in and the song changes direction. A passionate and quite aggressive vocal from Morrissey and he sings about how ”there nothing I can do to make you mine”. The melody felt a bit flat, but it might grow on you…

4. I’m throwing my arms around Paris
You know this one too. Quite similar to the live version you’ve heard. Synthetic strings and a nice clarinet break. An ok song (but a weak choice for a first single, I think), with a clean production that sounds a bit like The Smiths circa 1986.

5. All you need is me.
You know this one too. Nothing new too add here.

6. When I last spoke to Carol
Starts of with a spanish guitar figure and a flamenco beat. Add some whistled bits that made med think about some mad cross breed between ”The good, the bad and the ugly” and ”Why don’t you find out for yourself”.
Then comes some latin brass that sounds plastic and a bit out of place, and the whole spanish theme falls a bit on the cliché side.
”Antonio Banderas-indie”, my friend said of this one. Quite true…

7. That’s how people grow up.
You know this one as well, and you either like it or you loathe it. Personally I think this is Morrisseys weakest single since 1991 and that the album could have done without it.

8. One day goodbye will be farewell
Another live favourite. The tempo is a bit slower than the live version we’re used to. And the trumpet intro that Mikey used to play is axed altogether. A good song and a passionate vocal from Morrissey.

9. It’s not your birthday anymore
Starts of real quiet with just a drum machine and gentle guitar picking. Morrisseys vocal here is astonishing. He croons it like Sinatra and the strength of his delivery is very impressing. The chorus is a real killer too, almost like it was made to be played to giant audiences at football stadiums. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, it’s a real anthem. Beautiful.
And the explosive kegs between Morrisseys legs make a return here:
”All the gifts that they gave you / Can’t compare in any way / To the love I give / Right here, right now – on the floor”.

10. You were good in your time
Another highlight. Moz plays the role as the teary eyed crooner to perfection here. A beautiful, gentle ballad with the feeling of late nights, empty bars and a fog of cigarette smoke. The synthetic strings ruin the sound a bit, but Morrisseys vocal is amazing here. The song ends in a drawn out ending full of electronic effects and voice samples (a bit like the weird middle section of ”Black-eyed Susan”).

11. Sorry doesn’t help
A great rocking pop song that reminds a bit of ”Reader meet author” and wouldn’t have sounded out of place on ”Southpaw grammar”. The chorus is classic Moz at it’s best. A strong song with a great hook.

11. I’m OK by myself
Another one that wouldn’t have sounded at all out of place on ”Southpaw grammar”. A great, anthemic song with loads of screaming guitars and a beutiful, funny lyric from Moz.
”Then came an arm around my shoulder / Well, surely, the hand contains a revolver”, he sings.
The song ends with a massive guitar and drum inferno while Mozzer screams through a distorted microphone. It’s may look weird in print, but the result is a very, very special and wonderful song.

General impression:

I must admit I was a little bit disappointed. It’s not a bad album. It’s just not, well, a great album. The real downer was that half of the songs felt old already, I mean some of them has been played live since 2007.
And, as I thought was the case with ”Quarry”: It doesn’t feel like an album as such. More a collection of songs. Nothing wrong with that, but I do miss the thread, the theme, the cohesiveness. Think what you will about ”Ringleader”, but it did feel like and album, a whole (something that I personally prefer).
But then again: We got to hear the album in it’s entirety only once (and I was taking notes throughout).
 
”All the gifts that they gave you / Can’t compare in any way / To the love I give / Right here, right now – on the floor” - Crikey.

It seems similar to The Edges Are No Longer Parallel ... I'm probably wrong. :p

and Paris is similar to 1986 Smiths. :sweet:
 
Reviews mean nothing to me, i could love a song that the next person hates. I'll listen to it then decide what i think.
 
Well, here's the second review (posted on Solo front page). It's a little clearer than the first one we had! It's odd. The reviewer says he's disappointed overall but he seems pretty impressed by quite a few of the songs in the descriptions...


1. Something is squeezing my skull.
Nothing much to say here. You know this one already. A horde of thorny guitars and aggressive drums. Typical Finn production, but not too polished. The drum inferno towards the end makes the song feel like a distant cousin to The Smiths ”London”. The song itself is hardly one of Mozzers strongest, but the sound is good.

2. Mama lay softly on the riverbed.
You know this one already. The song remains true to the live version we’ve all heard by now. Heavy marching drums and fairytale keyboards. And another bitter lyric about ”pigs in grey suits” and "uncivil servants” that I personally think we’ve heard one too many times before. But his singing here is absolutely fantastic. Great vocal.

3. Black cloud.
Starts of with some quite strings and sampled voices. The tone of the song made me think a bit of some forgotten spaghetti western from the seventies. Then the heavy drums (Matt Walker is the real star on this album, really), thorny guitars and heavy feedback kicks in and the song changes direction. A passionate and quite aggressive vocal from Morrissey and he sings about how ”there nothing I can do to make you mine”. The melody felt a bit flat, but it might grow on you…

4. I’m throwing my arms around Paris
You know this one too. Quite similar to the live version you’ve heard. Synthetic strings and a nice clarinet break. An ok song (but a weak choice for a first single, I think), with a clean production that sounds a bit like The Smiths circa 1986.

5. All you need is me.
You know this one too. Nothing new too add here.

6. When I last spoke to Carol
Starts of with a spanish guitar figure and a flamenco beat. Add some whistled bits that made med think about some mad cross breed between ”The good, the bad and the ugly” and ”Why don’t you find out for yourself”.
Then comes some latin brass that sounds plastic and a bit out of place, and the whole spanish theme falls a bit on the cliché side.
”Antonio Banderas-indie”, my friend said of this one. Quite true…

7. That’s how people grow up.
You know this one as well, and you either like it or you loathe it. Personally I think this is Morrisseys weakest single since 1991 and that the album could have done without it.

8. One day goodbye will be farewell
Another live favourite. The tempo is a bit slower than the live version we’re used to. And the trumpet intro that Mikey used to play is axed altogether. A good song and a passionate vocal from Morrissey.

9. It’s not your birthday anymore
Starts of real quiet with just a drum machine and gentle guitar picking. Morrisseys vocal here is astonishing. He croons it like Sinatra and the strength of his delivery is very impressing. The chorus is a real killer too, almost like it was made to be played to giant audiences at football stadiums. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, it’s a real anthem. Beautiful.
And the explosive kegs between Morrisseys legs make a return here:
”All the gifts that they gave you / Can’t compare in any way / To the love I give / Right here, right now – on the floor”.

10. You were good in your time
Another highlight. Moz plays the role as the teary eyed crooner to perfection here. A beautiful, gentle ballad with the feeling of late nights, empty bars and a fog of cigarette smoke. The synthetic strings ruin the sound a bit, but Morrisseys vocal is amazing here. The song ends in a drawn out ending full of electronic effects and voice samples (a bit like the weird middle section of ”Black-eyed Susan”).

11. Sorry doesn’t help
A great rocking pop song that reminds a bit of ”Reader meet author” and wouldn’t have sounded out of place on ”Southpaw grammar”. The chorus is classic Moz at it’s best. A strong song with a great hook.

11. I’m OK by myself
Another one that wouldn’t have sounded at all out of place on ”Southpaw grammar”. A great, anthemic song with loads of screaming guitars and a beutiful, funny lyric from Moz.
”Then came an arm around my shoulder / Well, surely, the hand contains a revolver”, he sings.
The song ends with a massive guitar and drum inferno while Mozzer screams through a distorted microphone. It’s may look weird in print, but the result is a very, very special and wonderful song.

General impression:

I must admit I was a little bit disappointed. It’s not a bad album. It’s just not, well, a great album. The real downer was that half of the songs felt old already, I mean some of them has been played live since 2007.
And, as I thought was the case with ”Quarry”: It doesn’t feel like an album as such. More a collection of songs. Nothing wrong with that, but I do miss the thread, the theme, the cohesiveness. Think what you will about ”Ringleader”, but it did feel like and album, a whole (something that I personally prefer).
But then again: We got to hear the album in it’s entirety only once (and I was taking notes throughout).


Well... I think it's quite interesting and not at all a bad review even if the reviewer is a bit disappointed- now I can't wait to hear the new songs... the last 4 sound fantastic and looks like Jesse did a good job :) (there's no point mentioning Alain because he is my favorite :cool: )
 
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Well... I think it's quite interesting and not at all a bad review even if the reviewer is a bit disappointed- now I can't wait to hear the new songs... the last 4 sound fantastic and looks like Jesse did a good job :) (there's no point mentioning Alain because he is my favorite :cool: )

yeah, I'm pretty optimistic from this review.
however, you have to be very careful with the se reviews from one-off playback sessions.
the record company selects the journalists very carefully - you can be sure people like Quanticks and Q's Jeff Harris won't be invited.
the early reviews from the last two albums both turned out to be misleadingly over-positive. one person said ROTT had 4 or 5 songs which were as strong as First of the Gang, something I think few of us would probably agree with.
 
yeah, I'm pretty optimistic from this review.
however, you have to be very careful with the se reviews from one-off playback sessions.
the record company selects the journalists very carefully - you can be sure people like Quanticks and Q's Jeff Harris won't be invited.
the early reviews from the last two albums both turned out to be misleadingly over-positive. one person said ROTT had 4 or 5 songs which were as strong as First of the Gang, something I think few of us would probably agree with.

Martin Söderström also gave his views on ROTT before it was released. If you want to compare:
http://www.morrissey-solo.com/articles/06/01/13/1650238.shtml
 
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