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Your Arsenal (Vinyl) Import

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  • LP Record (Feb. 13 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B00004XP0L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes a bonus 18 track live DVD. Digitally remastered edition of the former Smiths frontman's 1991 solo album This updated version replaces the original version of "Tomorrow" with the superior U,S mix. Your Arsenal is very much a traditional two-sided album, with five songs per side. Recorded after six months on the road with his new touring band, side one has a live urgency: the swagger of a gang with killer, muscular riffs and chops, enthralled to the grit of Rock 'n' Roll and, with legendary and hugely influential Spiders From Mars guitarist and arranger Mick Ronson at the helm in the producer's chair, Glam Rock. Ronson helped craft an album that was, all at once, sonically tough and tender.

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His fourth and finest solo album is, as the cover shot suggests, Morrisey's idea of hard rock. There's a gritty, glam feel to Mick Ronson's production (check the Ziggy Stardust cop on "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"), while the loud'n'rude riffs of new guitarist Boz Boorer banish memories of the Smiths. Best news: for once the songs focus on adult life, not the man's well-documented adolescence. --Jeff Bateman --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Format: Audio CD
Your Arsenal is one of Morrissey catchiest and hardest rocking solo albums, while still taking on lyrically all the things that made him famous in the Smiths.
The sound? Well, all the keyboards from "Kill Uncle" are gone, that's for sure. In their place are loud glam-rock guitars, thanks to Alain White and Boz Boorer. Expect to hear lots of distortion, slides, and the very occaisonal burst of babbling noise. Keeping a steady rhythm behind this are Spencer Cobrin on drums and Gary Day, who provides some very infectious melodies on the bass.
On the ballads (and there are a few), there's a bigger emphasis on the mood. Gentle acoustic guitar, acoustic They often feature sound effects to deepen the atmosphere (similar to the way that Pink Floyd used sound effects, particularly on their album "Meddle", but more conventional). As a last production job before he died, producer Mick Ronson put quite an effort into this.
"You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side" sets the glam rock tone, with plenty of guitar hooks to boot. Features the self-depreciating lyric, "And here I am, and here I am. Well, you don't need to look so pleased". What a great line to have in an opening song! The next track, "Glamorous Glue", is a gritty, straightforward piece of hard rock. Amongst the lyrics, Morrissey takes on liars of all kinds and mourns the loss of the British identity to Americanization.
The next two songs got Morrissey into a bit of trouble at the time of release. "We'll Let You Know" is an atmospheric ballad about soccer hooligans. In this song, after describing their violent and uncompromising nature, Moz calls them "the last truly British people you'll ever know".
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This has to be my favorite Morrissey-solo album. It's just more consistent than anything else; the mood, especially, and the quality (even Vauxhall had a few weak songs). Some albums just seem to be collections of the songs that the artist happened to record at that time, arranged in a way that makes some sense, but Arsenal feels as though it was really concieved of as a complete work of art. From track one to track ten, the swagger and edge is consistent, from happier tracks (You're The One...) to the expected melancholy ones (We'll Let You Know). Seasick, Yet Still Docked might be a bit over the top ("Wish I knew the way / to reach the one I love / there is no way"), but its blunt, tired frankness sets it apart from similar songs in the Morrissey catalogue, and the stereotypical Smiths fan should lap it up. Aside from that, though - this is certainly Morrissey's other side, here, hinted at even in his Smiths days with songs like 'London;' a fiercer, more robust presonality, fascinated with the more gritty aspects of his nation. The humor, of course, remains intact, with songs like 'We Hate It...,' and his political side is displayed in 'Glamorous Glue' (not, as some have bizzarely suggested, in 'National Front...'). The closing track, Tomorrow, seems to me to be the epitome of the album, mixing the traditional sentiments ("Would you tell me that you love me / Oh, I know you don't mean it") with this reinventive loud, unwilting style.
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Morrissey is amazing! awesome CD
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