- Audio CD (3 Feb. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: I Music / Artist Direct
- ASIN: B00007L6RW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Having lived with advanced sideman syndrome ever since his glory days in the Smiths, Johnny Marr finally steps into the spotlight with Boomslang, his full-length frontman debut. So how do Marr & the Healers stack up against alma maters the Smiths, The The and Electronic? Boomslang is a rock-solid collection of dreamy, droning, sublimely melodic pop. Marr makes little attempt to match the languid solipsism of Morrissey, the existential dread of Matt Johnson or the enigmatic electro-pop of Bernard Sumner. Instead, from the hypnotic rock of "The Last Ride" to the reflectively pastoral "Something to Shout About", Marr's songs are as unaffected, his singing as mellifluous as the tastefully expressive guitar work that's earned him a place among rock's most acclaimed instrumentalists. Already together for three years, Marr, Zak Starkey and Alonza Bevan form a tight rock trio that knows when to loosen up--not least on the seven-minute "You Are the Magic". While cohort Sumner's career trajectory from Joy Division guitarist to New Order frontman was decidedly faster, the cofounder of Manchester's other best known band has made a two-decade journey from codependency to creative control that, in its own unassuming way, is no less satisfying. --Bill Forman
Top Customer Reviews
However once the cd arrived I was pleasantly surprised . It's a very different sounding record to his more recent solo work but in my opinion this is just as good . Every song on the album is well worth hearing and it's far more laid back than the more recent "punky" stuff and maybe not as instant but after a couple of plays it really gets into your head .
Marvellous stuff and it's sad Johnny doesn't seem keen to play any of this album on his wonderful solo gigs anymore .
Boomslang opens with 'The Last Ride', a song which has been around a few years now but sounds fresh and full-blooded. 'Down On The Corner' blends acoustic guitar and piano with Marr's emotive voice and some riproaring elctric guitar riffs as backdrop while 'Need It' chugs along with a rockabilly rhythm and a Smithesque urgency - a 'Rusholme Ruffians' for the 21st century. 'You Are The Magic' has a trippy, Happy Mondays feel to it - we can only concur what The Smiths might have achieved if they had survived the eighties and ridden on the Madchester train. Throughout the album Marr's voice is delicate but strong enough to hold its own against the criticism that some reviewers have directed at him. The Healers, Alonza Bevan on bass and Zak Starkey on drums, are a tight knit, reliable rhythm section and the guitar playing is as good as ever.
If you only buy one album this year, make it this.
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Well I am the largest Smiths fan in the world and so this seemed like a reasonably logical purchase. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2004 by Amazon Customer
I saw 'the marr' at Coalchella festival last year and the gig was amazing.He stepped out like a returning king to claim his throne. Read morePublished on 21 April 2004 by Mr. T. E. Hocknell