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The Best of Morrissey

At the demise of Manchester, England's postpunk avatars the Smiths, one might have suspected that singer/lyricist Morrissey would go nowhere without his genius guitar foil/songwriting partner Johnny M

At the demise of Manchester, England's postpunk avatars the Smiths, one might have suspected that singer/lyricist Morrissey would go nowhere without his genius guitar foil/songwriting partner Johnny Marr. Well, as amply evidenced by this thoughtfully produced anthology, it was actually Morrissey who built on the Smiths' legacy. In league with various new songwriting partners and guitar-oriented bands, Morrissey has continued to conflate the virtues of personal-but-ambitious vernacular poetry with a sonic sensibility that is classic rock'n'roll. And with an epic like "November Spawned a Monster," Morrissey has occasionally expanded his range of expression beyond that of the Smiths. In addition to some of the best song titles in rock, this 21-track collection brims with high wit and organic musicality. "The Last of the Famous International Playboys," "Suedehead," "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful," "Tomorrow," "Now My Heart Is Full," and the recent U.K. single "Lost" are among the highlights.—BB