Southpaw Grammar

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Vauxhall and I represented a more mature Morrissey, Southpaw Grammar superficially presents a more rough and tumble version of the singer. As his previous single, "Boxers," indicated, Morrissey's fascination with boxing and violence has reached full fruition. The music appropriately reflects this, with growling, distorted guitars and martial rhythms. But Southpaw Grammar doesn't rock as hard or with as much style as the rockabilly-inflected Your Arsenal -- instead, it's his art rock album, complete with strings, drum solos, and two ten-minute songs. Of these, the winding, menacing "The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils" works the best, and it represents a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Vauxhall and I represented a more mature Morrissey, Southpaw Grammar superficially presents a more rough and tumble version of the singer. As his previous single, "Boxers," indicated, Morrissey's fascination with boxing and violence has reached full fruition. The music appropriately reflects this, with growling, distorted guitars and martial rhythms. But Southpaw Grammar doesn't rock as hard or with as much style as the rockabilly-inflected Your Arsenal -- instead, it's his art rock album, complete with strings, drum solos, and two ten-minute songs. Of these, the winding, menacing "The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils" works the best, and it represents a significant change in Morrissey's outlook; instead of the children being outsiders, "the teachers" are. Throughout Southpaw Grammar, the privileged are oppressed by their fortunes, while working-class toughs are celebrated for their violence. However, there is no cohesive glue to the record. "The Teachers" uses its 11 minutes effectively, but "Southpaw" is merely ponderous. "Reader Meet Author" and "Dangenham Dave" are classic three-minute pop songs, but "Do Your Best and Don't Worry" is strictly by the books. Nevertheless, there is plenty of enjoyable music on the record, even if the concept is flawed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227987978
  • Catalog Number: 45939
  • Sales rank: 8,069

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morrissey Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Boz Boorer Bass, Guitar
Spencer Cobrin Drums
Alain Whyte Guitar, Background Vocals
Jonny Bridgewood Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Danton Supple Engineer
Laurence Stevens Artwork
Tim Young Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    "Southpaw" is a vastly underrated album that captures Morrissey and his band at their finest hour. The songwriting is inventive & dynamic. It has a very moving dramatic flow & it's lyrical depth & vocal delivery (as always) are absolutely heroic. Lillywhite's production is every bit as captivating as "Vauxhall" and this album is far more sonically-charged than "Arsenal". The guitar work on this recording is absolutely mind-blowing. I've noticed many hob-nobbing journalists attempting to discredit this album over the years. I believe these unfair critiques are smug and silly. Perhaps a listen to "Reader Meets Author" proves why. Many Viva Hate-era fans and snobby self-appointed intellectual-types also shun this record. It is not as delicately ornate and bookish as his previous efforts, but Morrissey has always made it clear he's never been interested in repeating himself. Above all, for me, this album introduced me to Morrissey and it still has the same effect 10 years on. Words cannot truly express my love for this record. Enough's enough - GO BUY IT NOW!!!

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