Introducing Morrissey

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Introducing Morrissey
Reprise/Rhino
by David Chiu

American fans were surely disappointed this summer when Morrissey canceled the dates of his tour in promotion of his latest album World Peace Is None of Your Business following a health condition. But consolation comes in the form of this newly-released DVD of Moz’s concert performance at Sheffield’s City Hall and Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in 1995. It captures the height of the singer’s popularity during the period of Your Arsenal and Vauxhall and I, whose songs comprise pretty much the entire set list. Backed by a superb band headed by guitarists Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte, the singer runs through the best songs from those aforementioned albums: “You’re the One For Me Fatty,” “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get,” “Now My Heart Is Full,” “The National Front Disco,” “We’ll Let You Know,” “Billy Budd” and “Speedway.” There are also songs performed that are not on Morrissey’s studio albums including the excellent if underrated “Boxers,” “Whatever Happens, I Love You,” and a cover of “Moon River” (those tracks could be found on the World of Morrissey compilation). As documented from the film, Morrissey is in fine form with his charismatic, matinee idol moves and looks – and of course, a Moz concert experience wouldn’t be complete without him being hugged by fans. As today’s fans await for the singer’s return to the live stage, Introducing Morrissey (which by the way is an ironic title) should whet some appetites for now.

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