It's difficult not to repeat yourself with these as, yet again, it's Morrissey's vocal melodies that dominate the song. The music is fairly forgettable, and it's Morrissey who dominates.
The piano does lift things a touch and was a neat little addition.
I can understand why some reviewers...
This one is very thin musically and the vocal melody is the strongest part of the song.
The lyrics are reasonable, but not particularly special. Simon Goddard commented in his book about the opening lyrics about running "through the glen" being reminiscent of the Robin Hood theme. :)
A lovely little b-side and Boz made some very strong contributions during this period. He co-wrote 6 of the 12 originals released in 1994, if my maths is correct, and they are generally excellent.
During most eras this would easily have been good enough to make an album.
In the poll on the...
The first half of Low in High School is pretty strong, and this track is no exception.
The layered production helps a lot and, combined with Morrissey's impassioned vocals, makes it a fairly powerful listen.
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 66th from 264 solo songs.
Probably my favourite of the live covers, this suits Morrissey's voice down to the ground.
I personally wouldn't want him to ask other people's advice about which songs should be covered. He chooses songs that have a personal meaning for him which is how it should be. Thankfully he has also...
A lovely little song and it certainly wouldn't have been out of place had it appeared on Bona Drag. That said, songs like this and Sister, I'm a Poet seemed even more special because you had to search a bit harder to find them.
In the poll on the Hoffman board this ranked 56th from 264 solo songs.
A great song and a great production. Much credit must go to not only Mick Ronson, but also Mark Nevin who had to take over the recording of some of the track when the producer was in hospital.
I generally like it when Morrissey writes against type, and good to hear him so positive and...
A slightly below average b-side that Morrissey's vocal melody can't quite save.
The music is pretty dull, which has often been a failing during the solo career, and lyrically it is Morrissey running on autopilot.
In the poll on the Hoffman board it ranked 174th from 264 solo songs.
Here is the studio version:
A decent rocker, and I think it's another of those tracks where Morrissey's vocal melodies make the song. His "I just want to..." section lifts things and the chorus is also solid.
Musically the ending (and Michael Farrell's contribution) is probably the high...