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Retro Review: Morrissey and Beethoven

A warning: It’s going to be a very Morrissey-heavy week.  I’ll be tackling the recent The Smiths’ Complete box set one album at a time, but to start things off in a fun way I’m going to take a look at Morrissey’s live solo album, Beethoven was Deaf.

 

Artist: Morrissey

Album: Beethoven Was Deaf (1993)

 

There is a word for a live album like this: triumphant.  It’s jubilant, edgy, and is thankfully not short on Morrissey’s trademark humor and cynicism.  The album focuses on the 1992 Mick Ronson produced, Your Arsenal, and the glam-infused tracks translate very well to a live setting.  Take, for example, the opener “You’re The One For Me, Fatty;” the guitars roar, and everything just sounds fantastic.  Other standouts include “You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side,” “Glamorous Glue,” and the biting b-side “Jack The Ripper.”  Beethoven Was Deaf  is an absolute must for fans of The Smiths, Morrissey, or just about anyone in the mood for a truly fantastic live album.

4.5/5

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