Ah, the record that marks the advent of the more masculine Moz. The whole musical assault, from guitars to lyrics, is the most muscular thing on offer in the Moz catalog. It can also be interpreted as Morrissey's obituary for the UK... "London is dead" indeed. Lots of cynicism in this one. He shortly moved to LA after putting this one out (which is an odd choice, but it shows he believes what he's writing). Probably the best album in his catalog.
@ FootToFace: no offense taken. I still think The Queen Is Dead is best, but this album is #2 for me (from Moz/Smiths) overall. The fact that the former contains (by far) my favorite Morrissey penned tracks (i.e. Bigmouth... and There Is A Light...) is what will never knock it out of the #1 spot.
Yep. His best solo work. Every track is excellent, and especially like the guitar work by Boz and Alan on this one. Am hoping the album gets a remastered or deluxe edition treatment. It seems to have been recorded at a lower volume than my other Morrissey cd's. I always crank it up (which is not a bad thing either). :)
Your Arsenal is quite possibly my favourite Morrissey album. It ploughs the fields of 70's glam rock and New Wave without sounding too lightweight or throwaway. Vicious and incredibly funny, this is a great introduction to the acerbic wit of Mr. Morrissey for any fans who are buying his material for the first time. Highlights are Glamourous Glue, Certain People I know and Tomorrow.