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|Studio album by Morrissey|
|Released||27 July 1992|
|Genre||Alternative rock, indie rock|
|Singles from Your Arsenal|
|Robert Christgau||(A-) |
Your Arsenal is a 1992 album by British singer Morrissey, which was released through HMV Records. The album was regarded by many fans and critics as his strongest and heaviest effort yet upon its release. It was listed as one of the top 50 albums of 1992 by Q.
About the album
Morrissey had been rehearsing with a new band prior to the release of Your Arsenal, which was the first official album of this new line up, whose core has remained stable to date: ever since this record was released, his music has been chiefly composed by either Alain Whyte or Boz Boorer, two musicians originally coming from the rockabilly scene.
Commencing with the blistering "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side", the album represents a clear change in direction for Morrissey from indie pop to modern rock; with some elements of rockabilly. It also contains an influence of glam rock, because of the involvement of ex-Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, and songs like "Certain People I Know", "Glamorous Glue", and "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", which are respectively influenced by T. Rex, and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust-period songs like "The Jean Genie", and the last by "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide".
Some tracks from the album were lyrically controversial, although much of the controversy was stirred up by the New Musical Express, who had turned against Morrissey by this time. "Glamorous Glue", though a personally conflicted and ambivalent song, was accused of anti-Americanism, while the similarly ambiguous "We'll Let You Know" was accused of defending football hooliganism. "The National Front Disco", meanwhile, was accused by some of glorifying the British National Front, a far-right group, and the ambiguity of lyrics such as "England for the English" was criticised.
While the album represents a consistent collection of songs, there was no standout hit single. The first song released from the album, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. It also hit number two on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. While this was an improvement from the singles from Kill Uncle, it did not match the success of his earlier singles.
Despite this, a great number of singles were released from the album. The UK saw the release of "You're the One for Me, Fatty" (#19) and "Certain People I Know" (#35). In the United States, "Glamorous Glue" and "Tomorrow" reached #13 and #1 on the Modern Rock chart, respectively.
Morrissey performed a version of "Glamorous Glue" on Saturday Night Live after the album's release.
Boston grindcore band Anal Cunt contributed a novelty cover of "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side" to the 2000 tribute album The World Still Won't Listen: A Tribute to The Smiths. This version is also available on the band's 2008 compilation Old Stuff – Part 3.
Producer Mick Ronson died of liver cancer at the age of 46, less than a year after the album's release.
|1.||"You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"||Mark E. Nevin||3:38|
|3.||"We'll Let You Know"||5:17|
|4.||"The National Front Disco"||4:23|
|5.||"Certain People I Know"||3:11|
|6.||"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"||2:29|
|7.||"You're the One for Me, Fatty"||2:58|
|8.||"Seasick, Yet Still Docked"||5:07|
|9.||"I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"||Nevin||4:20|
- Morrissey – vocals
- Alain Whyte – guitars
- Boz Boorer – guitars
- Gary Day – bass guitar
- Spencer Cobrin – drums