Review: Morrissey, ‘Years of Refusal’

Morrissey, ‘Years of Refusal’: Aidin Vaziri | Morrissey is now on the same label as Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams, which is cause for concern. But hours of searching for a slide guitar and/or beard on the former Smiths singer’s ninth solo album reassuringly came up empty. Instead, the sorrowful British indie icon continues to become more muscular in sound and appearance. “Years of Refusal” follows the glam-rock rush of 2006’s “Ringleader of the Tormentors” with loud guitars, rollicking drums and sharp lyrical barbs. It doesn’t always work, but there are a lot of great moments – from the acoustic guitars and mariachi horns on “When Last I Spoke to Carol” to the furious bite of “All You Need Is Me.” And in the lovelorn “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris,” he’s got something for the next inevitable best-of compilation.

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