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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  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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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By Henry Platte on April 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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By Rick Daley on Dec 31 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Morrissey is amazing! awesome CD
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avant-Garde Teen 2518 on Nov. 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album like "Bona Drag" brings the Milkbaby fond memories of when he was a little kid(around 5,6,7,8 years old)listening to Morrissey with my sister,The Milkbaby had a great musical taste then(sorry mes don't mean to sound like a snob or an elitist).When one comes to reviewing things the Smiths are easier to review then Morrissey is,why? Morrissey in the sense is like Death Metal(I don't mean he sounds like Death Metal or anything so don't get the Milkbaby wrong)that death metal does sound like to someone who's close-minded is that it all sounds the same but to music fans it has it's own unique quality to it,Morrissey's music is like this in that it never grows,the early work of the smiths sounds very different from there later stuff.What the Milkbaby is trying to say is while Morrissey's stuff may sound the same on the surface they each have there own unique quality and emotion to them,there is nothing wrong with this at all.What can the Milkbaby say that already hasn't been said about this great musician,I can say this though if you like the smiths we'll love Morrissey,but if yer new to the game you should get "Bona Drag" first instead of this one,then make this yer second purchase.MILK,BABYLAND FOREVER,PINKY WAVE.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mozz Listener on June 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
Smiths - Morrissey: let me give you the conclusion that took me 18 years to arrive at. Besides the song Meat is Murder, Morrissey doesn't have a bad song is his catalog. I used to think "Kill Uncle" (by Morrissey) was a lame album and that "Maladjusted" was worse. I traded in both cd's only to buy them back years later. It is a disservice to judge The Smiths and Morrissey album by album, this one is more sorrowful, this one has the right mix of angst, self-indulgence, wit, blah, blah, blah. Stick all the songs on MP3 format and press random: it is sonic Heaven and Hell. Morrissey IS the Mozart of our time, he will die as a blip on the musical scene with most people drawing a blank stare at the mention of "How Soon is Now." Oh wait, didn't he write the theme song for "Charmed."
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