Album: Greatest Hits
The rule of thumb is that it is important to capture the listener in the first 30 seconds of the song and this is successfully done, the introduction is a hook in itself and offers out an invitation to continue listening and is well backed up by a strong verse melody and throbbing guitar riff.
The melody leading into the chorus is extremely catchy and is the stronger melody throughout, which is delivered in a softer vocal than we expect from Morrissey. When listening to this song I get the impression that Morrissey is either tired or not enjoying the song as his voice sounds weak, tired and thin, definitely lacking the strength we are used to hearing. It could be argued that it is a conscious decision to perform in such a way, but seeing as the song is similar to "You have killed me" I am sticking with my first opinion.
The Chorus lacks the hook and 'sing along' element previously heard in the verse, this is a shame as the natural progression to take it up a notch is missing. The Melody has a 60's feel and is catchy in its own right but for me it is outdone by a strong verse.
The lyrical content is typical Morrissey and is as profound as ever, discussing selflishness, love and death in an autobiographical account, showing Morrissey hasnt lost his touch for the command of the english language.
The ending is sudden and fits perfectly, and for me a tight, focussed beginning and end to a song is important and this song achieves both. Leaving the listener in no doubt what they have listened to, its like adding a capital letter and a full stop and doing it unapologetically so.
Overall this song stays in the same vein as his others such as "You have killed me" and "first of the gang" which is no doubt influenced by the fact that Boz Boorer, Morrisseys lead guitarist and co-songwriter has been working with him for so long.
For me the only real downfall is the chorus melody and instrumental changes, it just feels a little bland and predictable.
***1/2 star rating