As well as the 6 or 7 bona fide classics on this 'Greatest Hits' album, most of the songs here are at least tinged with Morrissey's genius but it's hard to know where to lay the blame for the sheer redundancy of the track listing of this record. Do we blame Decca for keeping the EMI songs to a minimum, or EMI for not playing ball (only 4 of the 15 are from the 1987 to 1994 era when Morrissey did his best work) or Morrissey himself for arrogantly thinking that his recent work (11 tracks are from the past 4 years) constitutes his 'greatest' period.
This just seems a real missed opportunity to put together Moz's best singles or songs, and including some fairly middling singles like 'Let Me Kiss You' and 'I Just Want to See the Boy Happy' is depressing when classics like 'November Spawned A Monster' and 'Boxers' haven't made the cut.
That said, Moz has always been rotten at compiling albums and track listings generally: most of his singles shouldn't be singles, his B-Sides should have been singles, his album tracks should be B-sides and the songs that never even get released but appear years later leaked on the internet are sometimes better than some tracks on this so-called 'hits' package! He really is a contrary and frustrating so'n'so and this album only reiterates that!