Years of Refusal

Morrissey - Years of Refusal
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Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #144 / 852
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Based on 36 ratings
2009 Ratings: #127
February 17, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Attack/Lost Highway / Label
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Last time we saw Morrissey, on a rather slapdash Greatest Hits compilation, he was singing a song called "All You Need Is Me" and promising "You'll miss me when I'm gone." Neither proposition seemed watertight: His 2000s return to action had been welcome but rarely spectacular, and the man looked set on a twilit career of gently diminishing returns. So Years of Refusal comes as a gratifying shock: It's his most vital, entertaining, and savage record since 1994's Vauxhall and I.

One of his best of the later decades
It seems weird, but this is the album that got me into solo Morrissey. Picked up a used copy on the cheap out of curiosity and could not stop spinning it. I was already a Smiths fan, so I don't know why I dismissed him as a solo act. There's a few tracks that are a slog to get through, but this is an amazing work for a man at this stage of his career.
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Track List

  1. Something Is Squeezing My Skull
  2. Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
  3. Black Cloud
  4. I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"
  5. All You Need Is Me
  6. When Last I Spoke to Carol
  7. That's How People Grow Up
  8. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
  9. It's Not Your Birthday Anymore
  10. You Were Good in Your Time
  11. Sorry Doesn't Help
  12. I'm OK By Myself
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