The final week of the 90’s, so who else but Moz
Love him, or loathe him, Morrissey was a key part of the 80’s and 90’s.
From his successful career at the helm of The Smiths, to his equally successful solo career, Moz (or Morrissey for long) has always kept his music true to himself, and his 4th studio album, ‘Vauxhall and I’ showed this.
By 1994, when this album was released, Morrissey had become somewhat of a stocky man, which was a big change from the skinny, gladioli swinging god Smiths fans had grew to love just years previous. Although, it was only his appearance that had changed. Morrissey was still Morrissey, and fans loved it. From the lyrics that speak to you, and the distinct voice that is instantly recognisable, this album has everything a Moz album needs.
Some of the songs on this album could have easily suited being Smiths songs, especially, ‘The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get’, which could easily be mistaken for the work of Morrissey and Marr. It has the layered guitar, the light drums, and the lyrics, and really is no wonder that fans loved, and still love, this song. Without even hearing the song, you know your in for typical Morrissey. Only he could have a song where the title said a million different words in a short sentence. Only he could manage to write a song like this. I mean who else can sing about ‘lonely high court judges’ and keep fans interested.
This album wasn’t all songs that sounded like they had been pulled from the Smiths back catalogue though. With songs like ‘Speedway’, which is one of the best songs Morrissey has ever written. It gives him, and the whole album a whole different feel. For me, ‘Speedway’ is the perfect song to close the album with. It was new and different at the time, keeping fans interested, without straying to far from the comfort zone. Then there is ‘Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself’.
A song that sounds like it should be happy, but is really probably the most Morrissey that Morrissey has ever been. It’s tongue-in-cheek, it’s clever, and it’s meaningful. It’s cheery, and highly miserable at the same time. In WDYFOFY, Moz really gets across his depression. He is saying that everyone is out to get you, but there is nothing you can do, so get on with it.
On the whole, the album is 39 minutes of pure gold. It was by far the best moment in his career, and it won’t ever be topped. The songwriting was at it’s best since The Smiths, and it made the album truly spectacular. The album came at a perfect time, both for Morrissey and for his fans. It was just before his viewpoints began to irritate a few of the fans, and, although he was highly depressed, it came at a good stage for him, where he had no shortage of material to write about.