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Morrissey-Maladjusted (Mercury)

 

It can't be easy for Morrissey. Since the breakup of the Smiths about ten years ago, he has been replaced several times as the king of mope rock, first by Robert Smith, then by Kurt Cobain, and on and on.

 

While he has released some very good singles and one true masterpiece of a solo album, 1988's Viva Hate, he's never replaced the vital ingredient of Johnny Marr's guitar brilliance with the Smiths. Instead, he's fallen deeper and deeper into navel gazing.

 

Maladjusted falls into this trap. Musically, it's fine, but where he once wallowed in misery with a twinkle in his eye, like in "Girlfriend In A Coma," "Suedehead" and "Hairdresser On Fire," now you get the feeling he really does feel mistreated in tunes like the title track, "Sorrow Will Come In The End" and "Trouble Loves Me."

 

Morrissey has forgotten that only irony makes this stuff bearable, turning him into the musical equivalent of that annoying person who just sits in the corner glowering into his whiskey. He feels sorry enough for himself... why should we add to it? (10/97)

 

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