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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the breakup of the Smiths, Morrissey needed to prove that he was a viable artist without Johnny Marr, and Viva Hate fulfilled that goal with grace. Working with producer Stephen Street and guitarist Vini Reilly of the Durutti Column, Morrissey doesn't drastically depart from the sound of Strangeways, Here We Come, offering a selection of 12 jangling guitar pop sounds. One major concession is the presence of synthesizers -- which is ironic, considering the Smiths' adamant opposition to keyboards -- but neither the sound, nor Morrissey's wit, is diluted. And while the music is occasionally pedestrian, Morrissey compensates with a superb batch of lyrics, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the breakup of the Smiths, Morrissey needed to prove that he was a viable artist without Johnny Marr, and Viva Hate fulfilled that goal with grace. Working with producer Stephen Street and guitarist Vini Reilly of the Durutti Column, Morrissey doesn't drastically depart from the sound of Strangeways, Here We Come, offering a selection of 12 jangling guitar pop sounds. One major concession is the presence of synthesizers -- which is ironic, considering the Smiths' adamant opposition to keyboards -- but neither the sound, nor Morrissey's wit, is diluted. And while the music is occasionally pedestrian, Morrissey compensates with a superb batch of lyrics, ranging from his conventional despair "Little Man, What Now?," "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me" to the savage political tirade of "Margaret on a Guillotine." Nevertheless, the two masterstrokes on the album -- the gorgeous "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and the infectious "Suedehead" -- were previously singles, and both are on the compilation Bona Drag.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992569927
  • Catalog Number: 25699
  • Sales rank: 17,210

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morrissey Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Mark Davies Cello
Rachel Maguire Cello
John Metcalfe Viola
Vini Reilly Guitar, Keyboards
Stephen Street Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Robert Woolhard Cello
Fenella Barton Violin
Mark Daves Cello
John Metcalf Viola
Andrew Paresi Drums
Robert Woollard Cello
Rick Koster Violin
Technical Credits
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Morrissey Composer, Lyricist
Stephen Street Songwriter, Producer
Alan Winstanley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Morrisey Fan MUST

    I am one of the biggest fans of Morrissey and to this day I find it to be the best work he has ever done. Please do not get me wrong as I love all of his works but to this day I feel nothing I have really ever heard sounds like this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Morrissey Flies Solo

    Morrissey's first solo album, following the dreadful breakup of The Smiths, is a raving success. He proves that he can still write beautiful music even without genius guitarist Johnny Marr. The sound departs slightly from the tradition of The Smiths, but Morrissey's wonderful lyrics and clever sense of humor remain intact. This is definately the best of his solo campaign.

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