Morrissey - I Just Want To See The Boy Happy

This is one of the highlights from Morrissey's recent long-player, Ringleader of the Tormentors, and feels like a classic slice of Mozza brilliance. The crashing riffs and energy of his early solo singles are echoed here, it's a brief 3 mintue piece of pure-pop self and only augmented by a trumpet solo croaking through the guitars at the end. The lyrics all cover familiar Morrissey territory - death, suicide and hope all delivered with his usual aplomb and pomp. Whilst the official b-side Sweetie-Pie is a little lack lustre, it certainly sounds a little different for Morrissey - all distorted vocals and ethereal sounds and echoes, not sure if this is a sign of a new direction at all, but it certainly develops his more prog-rock sound...

However, the true highlight is a live version of The Smiths classic I Want The One I Can't Have, one of my personal favourites, but it does capture what is so great about Morrissey - his live shows. His voice has never sounded so good, the rhythm section at their jangly best and it feels like I'm regressing to my youth... Ahhh, what bliss...

Overall

7

out of 10
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