Morrissey – Swords

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This month’s Morrissey compilation demonstrates yet again the man’s peculiarly quixotic muse. While a large proportion of these Swords are decidedly blunt blades, a few could have easily found a place on a greatest hits.

The epic “Never Played Symphonies” and “Christian Dior” (singing regretfully of all the unkissed “mad street boys from Napoli”) in particular suggest that advancing age might yet sharpen his wit.

STEPHEN TROUSSE

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