Keeping guitarist Kevin Armstrong and semi-regular drummer Andrew Paresi from Ouija Board and reuniting one last time with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, Morrissey again works with the Langer/Winstanley team on production and this time fully succeeds. Langer himself co-wrote the title track, one of the most powerful of Morrissey's solo career, with a relentless, just off-kilter enough rock chug supporting an empathetic lyric about a young girl suffering from physical deformity. A curious note comes from the guest appearance of cult vocalist Mary Margaret O'Hara, who ends up only contributing a series of yelps and gurgles in the instrumental break mid-song. "He Knows I'd Love to See Him," written with Armstrong, is another ruminative number in the vein of "Yes, I Am Blind," with some of his clearest lyrics on gay life in the face of official disapproval ever. The surprise winner, even stronger than the title track, is "Girl Least Likely To," with music from Rourke. The loud, very glammy music is matched by one of Morrissey's most playful, amusing lyrics, making this in turn one of his most unfairly neglected songs.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|