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This review is from: Vauxhall And I (Audio CD)
I probably can't add anything to what has already been said but I concur with those who think this is Morrissey's finest hour.
Unquestionably it is.
The Smiths, undeniably produced some fine songs that worked on many different levels but their albums were prone to lapses. The occassional ditty that didn't work or self-indulgent drone. There is nothing like that here. It is one of the most consistently moving albums I have ever heard.
Morrissey is at his cutting best on Spring Heeled Jim. A song that is both satirically swiping yet similarly saddening. Why don't you find out for yourself is both resigned and defensive. And only Morrisssey could come up with a song called "Lifeguard Sleeping Girl Drowning". What is more, only Morrissey could make it work. Breathtaking.
The whole lapse into decadation and despair is inevitable according to this album. Morrissey seems resigned to it (Used to be a Sweet Boy) and moreover there is nothing one can do to prevent it (The more you ignore me the closer I get.)
In short this is an incredibly consistent and emotive album. The humourous asides exist to be juxta posed against, and to reinforce, tragedy. Blinding.