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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000002LON
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Portuguese edition

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheridan Whiteside on 29 April 2013
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As most Moz fans know, 1991's "Kill Uncle" usually along with 1997's underwhelming "Maladjusted" are frequently described as the runt of the litter by most reviewers and fans alike. While "Maldjusted" is flawed and seems to be Moz going through the motions, with little creativity, lyrical greatness or the wit in which he is usually associated. After "Maladjusted" Moz took a 7 year break, something had to give and the break rejuvinated him. But "Kill Uncle" has none of these complaints. Moz isn't going through the motions, he was trying something new, a sort of mixture of 'Super-Pop' Morrissey with a splash of Rockabilly (though this would be fully realised later). Morrissey was working with new songwriting partners in ex-Fairground Attraction's axe man and musician Mark E. Nevin and Madness producer and "Kill Uncle's" producer Clive Langer. So quite why this album has been derided through the years is a mystery to me. Yes there are some fey tracks (King Leer, The Harsh Truth...) and yes it's a little on the short side (Original release is 33:06, this version is 37:56). But the album is brimming full of hidden gems and has Moz in overall, buoyent mood and singing very well. It also has a handful of underrated Moz gems (Driving Your Girlfriend Home, Asian Rut, Found Found Found and Sing Your Life, which curiously, even though it was a single, has never featured on any Moz compilation except the US only realease "Best of"). While after the album's release the backing band of "Rockabilly" players, Boz Boorer, Alain Whyte, Gary Day and Spencer Cobrin gave some of the light tracks added weight and a live zest, for the most part this album has been shunned. Crucially also by Moz at live dates rarely plays anything from the album.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By pete on 29 Jun. 2011
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kill uncle is the album i most revisit...Morrissey at his saddest, mournful, self aware and introspective- it may not be the smiths, but its theatrical sound is bizarrely underrated.

My favourite ones would be-
asian rut- camp and theatrical telling of a bullied asian boy who turns up for revenge
king leer- morrissey's suggestion that 'tizer' might not be the best choice to woo a girlll
driving your girlfriend home- noone would write a song like this, its so resigned to loneliness its painful how he accepts it
harsh truth of the camera eye- one of my favourites just for the line- 'Churchillian legs, hair barely there...'

Ignore the haters they havent gorra clue. Its morrissey when he enjoyed subtlety rather than power chords and chest beating.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Foxley on 20 Aug. 2009
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I bought 'Kill Uncle' on a whim, not being particularly aware of its reputation, and was surprised to see that it wasn't very well thought of by many fans. Needless to say, I loved it - tracks like the catchy opener 'Our Frank' are as good as anything he's done elsewhere, and the trademark black humour is there in spades. It's possibly not the best place to start if you're looking to explore Morrissey's solo work as a novice, but it's certainly well worth checking out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By thom on 3 Mar. 2007
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after reading plenty of negative reviews about Kill Uncle, i was a little reluctant to buy it.. but i'm very glad i did.

i recognise that this is down to personal preference but i love the whole atmosphere and production of this morrissey album in particular. The lyrics are sometimes unusual, which again whether you like or not is your preference.

Our Frank sets the mood. Mute Witness is a highlight with the great lyric 'your mute witness... oh well she's only trying to tell you what it was that she saw.' The End Of The Family Line and There is a Place.. wouldn't be too far out of place in later Smiths work, and provide a strong end to the album.

In my opinion Kill Uncle offers extremely underrated Morrissey songs but it's.. different.. style does NOT appeal to everyone.
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Well for some reason this album gets a bad press, I think probably because it wasn't commercially that successful and perhaps because Morrissey hasn't really bigged it up since.

The truth is that there's some very good songs on this album and they're lively, fast, not too long and pleasant to listen too. Particularly the singles Our Frank and Sing your life would make it to most "best of morrissey' playlists. I also have a lot of time for King Leer, which I admit might not be to everyone's tastes, but has some great lines in it.

I think the re-ordering of the tracks and the additional tracks added or original song versions change actually take away from the album. Having arguably the best 2 songs start the album makes it too top heavy. The should be separated. Pashernate love seems out of place (unsurprisingly because it's from a different session and Morrissey's vocals are in a different style - more direct and powerful). The recorded live for radio version of There's a place in hell... is not only misplaced (as it's a live version in the middle of a recorded album), but it's also a much inferior version of the song than the original piano version. So why anybody would pick the live version over the original when it's worse and won't sound right is pretty baffling.

The only inclusion that does work reasonably well is East West cover. This was done in the Bona Drag sessions and I think that the songs like Lucky Lisp, Interesting Drug, and Picadilly Palare are most similar to Kill Uncle. I think cherry picking the best of (the new songs recorded for) the Bona Dray sessions and King Leer sessions would probably result in Morrissey's best album. I guess it was never to happen though given the different players.
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