Years Of Refusal

Universal/Island Def Jam
Release date
17 Feb 2009
Running length
12 tracks
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1 Something Is Squeezing My Skull 2:38 81,608
2 Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed 3:53 60,845
3 Black Cloud 2:48 63,164
4 I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris 2:31 101,358
5 All You Need Is Me 3:12 109,981
6 When I Last Spoke To Carol 3:24 14,507
7 That's How People Grow Up 3:00 117,087
8 One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell 2:57 58,820
9 It's Not Your Birthday Anymore 5:10 55,166
10 You Were Good In Your Time 5:01 48,693
11 Sorry Doesn't Help 4:03 49,130
12 I'm OK By Myself 4:48 52,034

About this album

Years of Refusal is the ninth solo album by Morrissey. It was released on February 16, 2009 in the UK and on February 17, 2009 in the US. He self described it as his “strongest work to date”.

The album was recorded at Conway Studios (Los Angeles, United States) and it features musical compositions by frequent collaborators: Boz Boorer, Alain Whyte and Jesse Tobias. It was produced by Jerry Finn, who worked on You Are The Quarry. Some of his previous work included a wide array of punk rock acts such as Blink 182, Green Day, Rancid, Pennywise, Sum 41 and AFI - among others.

The photo on the album cover is a portrait by Jake Walters. The baby pictured with Morrissey is Sebastien Pesel-Browne, who is the son of Charlie Browne, Morrissey’s assistant tour manager.

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  • TheSuperCrasher

    Wow, this is a great album.

    19 Feb 10:47pm Reply
  • ElioWilson

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Predelnik

    Morrissey is cool even without holding a baby, so why the heck he is holding a baby?

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • silentandgrey

    My favourite album since Viva Hate

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • borgy

    R.I.P Jerry Finn. He did a great job on producing this, his final album. It sounds like Morrissey but stripped of that polish thats on a lot of his music, sometimes even holding it back. It finally allows him to get gritty and rockin'.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • DanielaTiemi

    This album cover makes me so uncomfortable.(2) D:

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • heaventree22

    two or three great songs, but the rest is garbage... that drummer should be castrated

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • booisdusting

    bad, bad sooo bad. musically sooo boooring &annoying. but i do forgive u.

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • booisdusting

    why do u think this album is SO good? Tell me why?

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Offino

    Why this album is so good ? Tell me why ?

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Sandman2527

    Good album :D

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • vashta1

    Solid album. He can still deliver.

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • BringMeTheCalm

    This album cover makes me so uncomfortable.

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Internal_sound

    This album is a breath of fresh air, really good album.

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • silverlage

    tagged and bagged

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Steve2603

    Excellent album.

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • lilith_s

    a masterpiece, say what you want.

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • deratyne

    Zealant is so right

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Zealant

    It's just nice to hear Morrissey doing something new after thirty years, and it's still good.

    14 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ColmDawson

    I liked I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris but the rest of the album really disappointed me. Why must the band play really loud, stodgy pub rock for every song? It made me think about songs like Hold On To Your Friends and I Won't Share You and long for a touch of subtlety. Remember how classy Break Up The Family was? The songwriting (excluding lyrics) on this record is generally uninspired. Maybe this kind of music is what Morrissey wants, but I can't help thinking his talents are being wasted with him yelping over a boring rock band.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
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