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Viva-Hate...Morrissey at his most experimental,
This review is from: Viva Hate (Audio CD)
A Morrissey fan for the best part of a decade now, I still rate this piece of work as one of his finest. From the slightly dated intro of 'Alsatian Cousin', through to the undeniably 'serious-Moz-fan-only' epic 'Late night, Maudlin street'; the unmistakably unique Morrissey sound prevails with impressive consistency. Neither commercial nor particularly difficult in sound, Viva Hate is in my view the greatest introduction to his solo era.
I can see why fans at the time were somewhat disappointed with Mozza's departure from the classic Smith formula, but in many way's, this is why I have great love for Viva Hate…it was certainly a brave move at the time in question.
Political, yet not overtly so, comedic, and yet typically engagingly dark...it ticks all the right boxes for me. 'Break up the family' is worth the price of this album alone in my opinion, and the purity of Morrissey's voice within this long player is often why I head back to this one time and time again.
In short, an absolute must for the obligatory Morrissey record collection!