Since the Smiths split in 1987, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Johnny Marr has logged time in significant partnerships with Matt Johnson (aka the The) and New Order's Bernard Sumner.

Since the Smiths split in 1987, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Johnny Marr has logged time in significant partnerships with Matt Johnson (aka the The) and New Order's Bernard Sumner. (The latter collaboration introduced Electronic to the world.) Marr has also played with the Pretenders, Talking Heads, and Beck—as well as produced the debut of British band Haven and written songs for Liam Gallagher and Beth Orton. But Boomslang marks his strong debut as frontman with the Healers, featuring drummer Zak Starkey (current Who drummer and the son of Ringo Starr) and bassist Alonza Bevan. While his influential guitar abilities come as no surprise, Marr's lovely voice—once relegated to the back of Morrissey's crooning—does. A real revelation, indeed. Boomslang is the album Marr fans have been waiting a lifetime for.—TP

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