Morrissey – “Suedehead” (1988)

January 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

A review of Morrissey’s debut solo single, taken by writer James Brown from the NME, Feb. 20, 1988. It was listed as “Single of the Week #2” behind a single by The Wedding Present…

One of the most appealing aspects of Morrissey’s songs is the anonymity of the people involved in his lyrics. ‘Suedehead’ could be about anyone: himself, his mother, a male or female lover — little is revealed apart from a sense of personality and sensitivity that few others apart from Gedge and Barney Sumner can achieve.

Stephen Street’s music has a crispness to it that The Smiths never managed. The second song, ‘I Know Very Well How I Got My Name,’ has a lushness that would have seemed too rich and competent for the Rough Trade days, and Vini Reilly’s guitars certainly sparkle in a way it’s hard to remember Read the rest of this entry »

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