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Years Of Refusal

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MORRISSEY Studio Album
Name 'Years Of Refusal'
Release 16 February 2009 (UK)
17 February 2009 (US)
Length 43:25
Recorded Autumn-Winter 2007
Writer/composer Morrissey/Whyte
Morrissey/Boorer
Morrissey/Tobias
Producer Jerry Finn
Art work Jake Walters (cover)
Travis Shinn (group)
Vinyl Etching SHAME IS THE NAME
Publisher Decca Records (UK)
Lost Highway Records (US)
Attack Records (US)
Format(s) Vinyl, CD, CD/DVD, Digital
Chart position UK #3
US #11
Studio Album chronology
Ringleader Of The Tormentors
'Years Of Refusal'
World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Singles
Im Throwing My Arms Around Paris1.jpgSomething Is Squeezing My Skull1.jpg

Information

Years Of Refusal is Morrissey's ninth solo album. The album was released on 16 February 2009 by Decca Records. Produced by Jerry Finn and co-written by Alain Whyte, Boz Boorer and Jesse Tobias, the album yielded two Top 50 singles, "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" and "Something Is Squeezing My Skull".

Recording

In an interview with the BBC News website in October 2007, Morrissey said that this next album was already written and ready for a possible Autumn 2008 release. In December, Morrissey signed a deal with Decca Records, which included a Greatest Hits album and a newly recorded album to follow in Autumn 2008. It was announced in November 2007 that Jerry Finn, the man behind Morrissey's 2004 album You Are The Quarry, would be producing the new album.

Recording for the album commenced in late November and ended in late December 2007 in Los Angeles at Conway Studios. Mixing began in early February 2008. An additional track for the album was recorded in late May according to drummer Matt Walker. Keyboardist Michael Farrell left the band prior to the album's completion so Morrissey recruited Roger Manning to fill in. Manning previously played on Morrissey's 2004 album You Are The Quarry.

On 30 May 2008, Morrissey announced that the new album, Years Of Refusal, was now complete and set for a September 2008 release.

Release

Originally Years Of Refusal was to be released on 15 September 2008 in the UK and 16 September 2008 in the US. However, the album's release date was delayed until 2 February 2009 at the request of Decca UK so Morrissey could have time to shop for a new label to distribute the album in the US after he withdrew from Decca US for their 'poor promotion of his Greatest Hits release'. Morrissey eventually agreed to a US distribution deal with the Lost Highway label. It was also later announced that 23 February 2009 would be the new release date for Years Of Refusal. Finally, in a press release from Universal Music it was announced that the final release date for the album would be 16 February 2009 with the first single, "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", preceding the album a week earlier on 9 February 2009. Upon release, the album peaked at #3 on the UK charts.

Track list

CD

UK - [Polydor/Decca 4781435]
US - [Lost Highway/Attack B0012578 02]

  1. Something Is Squeezing My Skull – 2:38 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed – 3:53 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. Black Cloud – 2:48 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  4. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris – 2:31 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  5. All You Need Is Me – 3:13 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  6. When Last I Spoke To Carol – 3:24 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  7. That's How People Grow Up – 2:59 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  8. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell – 2:57 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  9. It's Not Your Birthday Anymore – 5:10 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  10. You Were Good In Your Time – 5:01 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  11. Sorry Doesn't Help – 4:03 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  12. I'm OK By Myself – 4:48 (Morrissey/Tobias)

CD/DVD

[Polydor/Decca SKL6013/4781580]

CD

  1. Something Is Squeezing My Skull – 2:38 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed – 3:53 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. Black Cloud – 2:48 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  4. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris – 2:31 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  5. All You Need Is Me – 3:13 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  6. When Last I Spoke To Carol – 3:24 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  7. That's How People Grow Up – 2:59 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  8. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell – 2:57 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  9. It's Not Your Birthday Anymore – 5:10 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  10. You Were Good In Your Time – 5:01 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  11. Sorry Doesn't Help – 4:03 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  12. I'm OK By Myself – 4:48 (Morrissey/Tobias)


DVD

Vinyl

UK - [Polydor/Decca 4781581] US - [Lost Highway/Attack B0012578 01]

Side A
  1. Something Is Squeezing My Skull – 2:38 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed – 3:53 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. Black Cloud – 2:48 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  4. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris – 2:31 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  5. All You Need Is Me – 3:13 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  6. When Last I Spoke To Carol – 3:24 (Morrissey/Whyte)
Side B
  1. That's How People Grow Up – 2:59 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  2. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell – 2:57 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  3. It's Not Your Birthday Anymore – 5:10 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  4. You Were Good In Your Time – 5:01 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  5. Sorry Doesn't Help – 4:03 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  6. I'm OK By Myself – 4:48 (Morrissey/Tobias)

iTunes Digital Download

  1. Something Is Squeezing My Skull – 2:38 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  2. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed – 3:53 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  3. Black Cloud – 2:48 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  4. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris – 2:31 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  5. All You Need Is Me – 3:13 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  6. When Last I Spoke To Carol – 3:24 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  7. That's How People Grow Up – 2:59 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  8. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell – 2:57 (Morrissey/Boorer)
  9. It's Not Your Birthday Anymore – 5:10 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  10. You Were Good In Your Time – 5:01 (Morrissey/Whyte)
  11. Sorry Doesn't Help – 4:03 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  12. I'm OK By Myself – 4:48 (Morrissey/Tobias)
  13. Because Of My Poor Education – 2:56 (Morrissey/Whyte) *bonus track
  14. Shame Is The Name – 3:49 (Morrissey/Whyte) *bonus track


Personnel

The band

Additional credits

Sleeve Artwork