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on 16 August 2015
A great collection of singles - never gets old.
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on 23 February 2006
The second Long Player release in the solo career of former Smiths Front man Steven Patrick Morrissey, Bona Drag is a strange mish mash.
Taking it's name from the comedy language of homosexual stereo types from BBC radios Round the Horn (it means 'good clothes' apparently) the collection features non album singles and B sides. Some are true classics, some seem like strange inclusions at the expense of some much better material from the same era.
The singles themselves are a mixed bag, things start very well with the classic Piccadilly Palare and takes in the brilliant Suedehead and The Last of the Famous International Playboys. But you also get the likes of Ouija Board Ouija Board, not Mozza's finest moment.
It's much the same story with the B sides. Will Never Marry, Hair Dresser on Fire and Dissapointed are classics, but there's also weaker fare. Although interestingly songs like 'Such a little thing' and 'He knows' are knock outs when Morrissey performs them live.
To be fair, many Morrissey fans (myself included) have a strange fondness for some of the worst moments of his back catalog and songs like Yes I am Blind might just bring a smile to your face. At the mid price this album retails for it is certainly worth buying if you are new to Morrissey and are starting to explore his earlier solo work. But if you've got a few Morrissey albums under your belt, ingore Bona Drag and buy the blue singles box set. It features everything here and a lot more besides that eclipses the weaker moments of Bona Drag, but it does cost three times as much.
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on 16 October 2014
one of my top 3 of all time
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on 31 July 2015
All Good. Many thanks!
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on 1 July 2009
One of my favourite albums by Morrissey with songs such as "Piccadilly Palare" and "Hairdersser on fire". Quality item and fast delivery as well.
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on 25 June 2010
Morrissey's late 80s singles were complied on Bona Drag. It's a little hit and miss, opening with weak, jaunty single Piccadilly Palare. Much better is Interesting Drug, which features glorious guitar from Craig Gannon and a soaring melody. In other words vintage Morrissey.

Just as good, though markedly different is November Spawned a Monster. It's darker, featuring a forlorn vocal from Morrissey, but most notable an almost strangled wordless vocal from Mary Margaret O'Hara in the bridge. There are some great lyrics here: "and if the lights were out would you even dare to kiss her full on the mouth or anywhere."

Morrissey since his days in the Smiths had always released strong B-sides, and thankfully many of them are captured here. Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference has a quirky melody with some unpredictable twists and turns, while Hairdresser On Fire has a soaring melody ably aided by Stephen Street's piano showcasing Morrissey's preoccupation with London.

The collection does contain some of his weaker singles, Ouija Board, Ouija Board being a case in point. The single arrived at precisely the point when my previously ardent devotion to buying up all things Smiths and Morrissey related began to waver. It's a pretty uninspiring tune, almost inoffensive. Much better is final track Disappointed, featuring a strutting guitar line and wonderfully self-deprecating lyrics from Morrissey: "this is the last song I will ever sing", followed by cheers from the crowd... then he sings "no I've changed my mind again", followed by a disappointed "awww"! It's cheesy but it works.

This album is not far off being essential for Morrissey fans. It's let down by one or two Morrissey-by-numbers tracks (Last of the Famous International Playboys, Yes I Am Blind) but these are more than made for by the high points mentioned above.
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