Johnny Marr - Call The Comet
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2018 Ratings: #175 / 794
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2018 Ratings: #728
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
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New Voodoo / Label
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‘Call The Comet’ is a perfectly crafted album and though there’s a heavy emphasis on atmosphere that demonstrates Marr’s wealth of creativity, there are still plenty of hooks that easily place it as a high contender for the best guitar album of 2018. Thirty-five years on from breaking into the industry, Marr’s still got plenty of tricks up his sleeve.
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.  


If The Messenger and Playland saw him dedicated to writing precisely concise and askew new-wave post-punk pop, and occasionally giving the impression he would very much have liked to compose the first Franz Ferdinand album, here he gives free rein to a more grandiose spirit, channelling some of the sublime scale of his soundtrack work with Hans Zimmer.

God Is in the TV

It’s not a faultless record by any means: Marr’s vocals can be a little ineffectual meaning the political thrust of many of his songs is lost, and the album would be much sharper with a bit of pruning ... but on the whole it’s a huge leap forward from 2014’s workmanlike Playland, and has a warmth, a generosity of spirit and a genuine concern for humanity that show exactly where the true spirit of The Smiths now dwells.


Marr doesn't disguise the skill fueling his craft, so Call the Comet is more accomplished than compelling, but there is pleasure in hearing how all the parts fit together so tidily.

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.

Massive improvement over all his previous solo work. Marr's lyrics are earnest and optimistic but often come off as naive and a bit hokey.
The best work of Marr as a solo artist so far. His previous work are good but this is, in my opinion, his most solid record. He mix prefectly his previous collaborations with bands like The Cribs and Modest Mouse with his "Smiths Touch" (melodies and arrangements) plus his experience with electronic music (Electronic, collabs. with the Pet Shop Boys) creating different ambients and moods with synths.

Fav. songs: Hi Hello, Day In Day Out.
Call The Comet is unfortunately another lackluster release from a rock god past his prime. Whilst the guitar playing and instrumentation is the quality of which we would expect of Marr (whilst obviously not coming close to his work with The Smiths) the vocals and lyrics leave a lot to be desired and just feel uninspired.

Best Track: Hi Hello
Worst Track: Bug
Without a doubt the best guitar album of 2018. 'Call The Comet' showcases not only Marr's strength as a songwriter, but also how far he's come as a front-man. If you think 'The Messenger' and 'Playland' are great (which they are) then this album will blow your mind.
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
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Added on: March 12, 2018