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Years of Refusal ''Life is nothing much to lose,'' Morrissey croons early on his ninth solo album, instantly reassuring legions of pompadoured obsessives that His...Years of RefusalRock ''Life is nothing much to lose,'' Morrissey croons early on his ninth solo album, instantly reassuring legions of pompadoured obsessives that His...2009-02-11

(Autumn De Wilde)

B+

Years of Refusal

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Morrissey; Status: In Season

”Life is nothing much to lose,” Morrissey croons early on his ninth solo album, instantly reassuring legions of pompadoured obsessives that His Excellency, the Mope, still hasn’t turned his perpetual frown upside down. But shrinking violets should stick to the lyric sheet: Years of Refusal is the former Smiths frontman’s hardest-rocking album since 1992’s Your Arsenal. It’s a surprisingly muscular set of punked-up Britpop, spiked with the singer’s still-dripping scorn: ”You don’t like me, but you love me/Either way you’re wrong.” B+

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Originally posted February 11 2009 — 12:00 AM EST

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