February 20, 2009 – 3:09 am

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BBC Radio Theatre 2009 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the BBC Radio Theatre, London, February 11, 2009. Very good FM broadcast.

Apart from the what-is-by-now-obligatory question (Will the Smiths reform? - no they won’t) whenever Morrissey releases a record, what’s getting tongues wagging is that near-naked picture of Morrissey and band for the inner sleeve of the I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris single. Pity.

If the six new songs featured at this BBC show are anything to go by, Morrissey’s new album, Years Of Refusal, will not disappoint the fans. Clearly Morrissey’s word play is very much still intact and, in the between-songs banter, he can still throw some nice barbs, for instance, like the one aimed at the (dying?) record shops.

If the show has a fluid feel, that’s probably because the new songs sit so seamlessly among the old that it hardly seemed as if Morrissey’s last album was 2006’s Ringleader of the Tormentors.

While initial reviews for the new album have been positive: Q (3 stars), Spin (4 stars), Uncut (4 of 5 stars), Mojo (3 of 5), as with all things Smithy and Morrissey, not everyone is totally convinced, as this Guardian review shows: “At least the sound fits the lyrics, which are so horribly sour you could make cottage cheese by leaving a pint of milk next to the speakers while it’s playing. Morrissey has been petulant and nasty before, but there was usually a mitigating hint of arched eyebrow, or a flash of wit. Here, there’s nothing but vituperative clumsiness: ‘You lied about the lies you told, which is the full extent of what being you is all about’.”

Diehard fans will, no doubt, beg to disagree.

Thanks to paul_b35_uk for sharing the tracks on the Dime site. Thanks also to itstel for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Intro (3.5MB)
Something Is Squeezing My Skull * (3.8MB)
Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed * (5.6MB)
Black Cloud * (4.9MB)
This Charming Man (3.7MB)
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris * (4.1MB)
Best Friend Of The Payroll (5.9MB)
That’s How People Grow Up (4.7MB)
Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself? (5.4MB)
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores (5.6MB)
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell * (4.5MB)
Reader Meet Author (5.4MB)
Seasick, Yet Still Docked (7.1MB)
I Keep Mine Hidden (3.7MB)
I’m OK By Myself * (7.6MB)
Outro (1.6MB)

* new songs featured on Years Of Refusal.

Click here to order Morrissey’s Years Of Refusal.

  1. 11 Responses to “MORRISSEY - LONDON 2009”

  2. brilliant — cheers lads

    By heli0tr0pe on Feb 20, 2009

  3. You just got me some points with my Girlfriend, and for that I thank you!

    By Explosivo on Feb 20, 2009

  4. You’ve made me and my dearest friend so happy. Thank you for sharing this with us all.

    By Timothy on Feb 21, 2009

  5. Moz is still great!!!

    And so is Bigozine, by the way!

    All the best,

    By Serge ZENI on Feb 23, 2009


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