Rob O'Connor
August 15, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Morrissey has always been a whiner who believes his every gripe is of global significance; his brilliance is in his ability to make that self-pity affecting and humorous. He doesn’t stray much lyrically in Maladjusted, but his backing band’s music lacks the bounce of say, 1994’s Vauxhall & I. Even his trademark charm can’t rescue these heavy-handed arrangements. C

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