I realized I just posted an article about the Smiths yesterday. However, while lionizing the Smiths is commonplace in the press, the same cannot always be said about journalists attitude towards the Morrissey album Southpaw Grammar. It is not only one of my favorite Morrissey albums, but one of my favorite guitar albums of all-time. The duo of Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte not only create many memorable hooks, but also create a beautifully menacing atmosphere with the help of producer Steve Lillywhite. It is the loud distorted cousin to Morrissey’s Vauxhall and I, my favorite album and also this albums predecessor. While Vauxhall and I was largely reflective, this album looks outwards, often examining working class violence in England. Yet despite these albums being opposites in many regards, there is a kind of dark reverb drenched atmosphere in the production of both albums that makes them complimentary to each other.
Somehow I never knew about Eric Cantonas and his Kung fu kick and its inspiration to Morrissey, or if so I forgot. I found that piece of the article highly entertaining. A great read about an excellent album.