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Maladjusted

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In theory, Maladjusted should have been a readjustment to standard indie rock territory for Morrissey after the prog rock detour of Southpaw Grammar, but Morrissey isn't that simple. From the opening title track, with its menacing, swirling paranoia, it's clear that Maladjusted isn't a simple return to form. That isn't to say that the album is devoid of the jangly, maudlin pop songs that are Morrissey's trademark -- in fact, the lead single, "Alma Matters," is a quietly catchy tune that ranks as vintage Morrissey. Nevertheless, it's a little misleading, because Maladjusted isn't strictly by the book. Morrissey has incorporated his newfound fascination with prog ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In theory, Maladjusted should have been a readjustment to standard indie rock territory for Morrissey after the prog rock detour of Southpaw Grammar, but Morrissey isn't that simple. From the opening title track, with its menacing, swirling paranoia, it's clear that Maladjusted isn't a simple return to form. That isn't to say that the album is devoid of the jangly, maudlin pop songs that are Morrissey's trademark -- in fact, the lead single, "Alma Matters," is a quietly catchy tune that ranks as vintage Morrissey. Nevertheless, it's a little misleading, because Maladjusted isn't strictly by the book. Morrissey has incorporated his newfound fascination with prog rock into his trademark sound much better than he did on Southpaw Grammar, as the lumbering beat of "Papa Jack" and sawing strings of "Ambitious Outsiders" illustrate, but that fascination signals how insular Morrissey's world has become. Things are rarely more insular -- or weirder -- than "Sorrow Will Come in the End," a spoken word, neo-classical rant about his loss to Mike Joyce in a Smiths royalty suit the song was pulled from the British version of the album, due to legal reasons, but "Roy's Keen," an ode to a keen window cleaner, isn't far behind. The remainder of the album -- particularly the lovely "Wide to Receive," "He Cried," and "Trouble Loves Me" -- may be similarly self-obsessed, yet the music is warm and welcoming, thanks to strong craftsmanship and fine performances. They're charming songs, but they're subtle charms, offering the kind of pleasures only longtime Morrissey followers will find irresistible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 600753174678
  • Catalog Number: 001294702
  • Sales rank: 80,034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maladjusted (4:41)
  2. 2 Alma Matters (4:47)
  3. 3 Ambitious Outsiders (3:55)
  4. 4 Trouble Loves Me (4:39)
  5. 5 Papa Jack (4:32)
  6. 6 Ammunition (3:37)
  7. 7 Wide to Receive (3:52)
  8. 8 Roy's Keen (3:34)
  9. 9 He Cried (3:19)
  10. 10 Sorrow Will Come in the End (2:51)
  11. 11 Satan Rejected My Soul (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morrissey Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Boz Boorer Clarinet, Guitar
Spencer Cobrin Drums
Alain Whyte Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Jonny Bridgewood Bass
Technical Credits
Ron Boustead Digital Editing
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Danton Supple Engineer
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