Viva Hate CD (1989)

Artist: Morrissey

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Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60145799
UPC 075992569927
UPC 14 00075992569927
Format CD
Release Date 1/11/1989
Author Morrissey
Associated Artist/Work Kelis
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Technical Info
Producer Stephen Street
CatalogID 25699
Lable Name Reprise
Released n/a
Original Release 1988
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075992569927
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Morrissey (vocals); Vini Reilly (guitar, keyboards); Stephen Street (guitar, bass); Fenella Barton, Richard Koster (violin); John Metcalfe (viola); Mark Davies, Robert Woollard, Rachel Maguire (cello); Andrew Paresi (drums).
Recorded at Wool Hall Studios, England in 1987.
One of pop's most eagerly awaited albums, VIVA HATE followed the demise of the Smiths with little delay. Produced and composed by Stephen Street (who also worked on the Smiths' last album), VIVA HATE was a sure-footed rebuttal to a world of critics who couldn't imagine Morrissey without guitar deity Johnny Marr. VIVA HATE contains far more sonic experimentation than most of the Smiths' work. Guitar duties are notably assumed by Durutti Column's sonic mastermind Vini Reilly, who fills the album with his trademark brand of expressive, intertwining lead lines.
VIVA HATE proved a victory of many sorts for Morrissey--the anthemic "Everyday Is Like Sunday" provided another hit song, as well as proving that his lyrical powers were far from ebbing. One real stunner, "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together" is just vocal and strings; a suicide reference as gripping and dramatic as The Smiths' "Asleep," it is nothing short of transcendent. On tunes like the bizarre opener, "Alsatian Cousins," Reilly's guitars rage and storm like fiery ghosts, while on "Late Night, Maudlin Street," they provide echoing atmospherics, leaving the real storytelling to the album's star, who more than rises to the occasion.
Artist Overview
The 1987 breakup of the Smiths saddened legions of fans, but it led to a fruitful solo career for lead singer and lyricist Morrissey. The Smiths were very much a singles band, and VIVA HATE, Morrissey's first record, continued in the Smiths vein with the gloriously sad singles "Suedehead" and "Every Day Is Like Sunday." As Morrissey soldiered on, he began to develop more of an individual style, although he never lost the elements of high drama and challenging pop that came together in the Smiths.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 Stars - Very good
Q (3/02, p.138) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Contains his career-high singles, the fractious 'Suedehead' and steam-age melancholia of 'Everyday Is Like Sunday'..."
Q (Magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[N]o fiddling about can mask VIVA HATE's transitional quality, at times touched by rare grace..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vini Reilly's guitars are sublime -- and it's fascinating to hear Morrissey, still in his twenties, looking back on his pre-Smiths days..."
Disc 1
1 Alsatian Cousin
2 Little Man What Now?
3 Everyday Is Like Sunday
4 Bengali In Platforms
5 Angel Angel Down We Go Together
6 Late Night Maudlin Street
7 Suedehead
8 Break Up The Family
9 Hairdresser On Fire - (bonus track)
10 Ordinary Boys
11 I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
12 Dial-A-Cliche
13 Margaret On The Guillotine

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