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Viva Hate
     

Viva Hate

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by Morrissey
 

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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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992569927
catalogNumber:
25699

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Morrissey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mark Davies   Cello
Rachel Maguire   Cello
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
John Metcalfe   Viola
Rick Koster   Violin

Technical Credits

Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Morrissey   Composer,Lyricist
Stephen Street   Songwriter,Producer
Alan Winstanley   Producer

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Viva Hate 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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