Call The Comet
Johnny Marr - Call The Comet
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #124 / 399
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Based on 23 ratings
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
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New Voodoo / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The Independent

This is a record steeped in both the chilly yearning of Bowie’s “Berlin” albums and Ziggy Stardust’s glam apocalypse, as well as the science-fiction paperbacks by the likes of JG Ballard which inspired them.

The Guardian

Call the Comet is a terrific album in its own right. In context, it’s a triumph.

Marr has found a way to reach into his bag of tricks and find a little bit of everything. A little techno here, a helping of indie guitar flash there, and plenty of futuristic lyrical paranoia for good measure.
‘Call The Comet’ is Marr’s most assured solo effort to date. Rather than wallow in the mire of the now, Marr has dreamt of a better tomorrow. In doing so, he’s built one for himself.
The Observer

Call the Comet is a resounding success, the first of Marr’s three solo albums to feel properly crafted.


Call The Comet has Marr’s personality stamped on it all the way through. Recorded with his band and self-produced at his Crazy Face Studios in Manchester, it’s a substantial album lasting almost an hour.  

Northern Transmissions

Though he occasionally slips into some fairly simple rock, much of this new record from Johnny Marr is a mix of powerful risk taking and reinvigorating his own classic riffs.

Under The Radar
Those familiar with Marr's work will undoubtedly have a good idea of what to expect and they aren't wrong; a healthy helping of aesthetically layered guitar swells and creative signature traits artfully interwoven into a classic rock foundation. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. With sharpened songwriting skills and an improved voice, Marr pulls out all the stops with a track to track shift in style and mood, but stays true to rock principles on each to avoid an uneven venture.

‘Call The Comet’ doesn’t quite reach the heights it sets out to, as the execution on some tracks falls flat despite some interesting ideas. That being said, there are enough moments throughout the record to remind you that the Marr magic is alive and well.


He’s writing with compassion, not anger on Call the Comet; this isn’t protest music so much as a plea to our better angels. Such an open heart is uncommon in these combative times, and Marr’s sincerity gives his flawed album some appeal.

Jun 15, 2018
Johnny Marr - Call The Comet

1. Rise - 8.0
2. The Tracers - 7.5
3. Hey Angel - 8.0
4. Hi Hello - 10
5. New Dominions - 6.0
6. Day In Day Out - 7.5
7. Walk Into The Sea - 8.0
8. Bug - 7.5
9. Actor Attractor - 6.0
10. Spiral Cities - 8.5
11. My Eternal - 8.5
12. A Different Gun - 7.5

93/120 - 77.5/100
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Track List
  1. Rise
  2. The Tracers
  3. Hey Angel
  4. Hi Hello
  5. New Dominions
  6. Day In Day Out
  7. Walk Into the Sea
  8. Bug
  9. Actor Attractor
  10. Spiral Cities
  11. My Eternal
  12. A Different Gun

Added on: March 12, 2018