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 Excellency, the Mope,… 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 Excellency, the Mope,… 2009-02-17 Morrissey Rock
Music Review

Years of Refusal (2009)

Strong Man: Morrissey flexes for the camera
Image credit: Autumn De Wilde
Strong Man: Morrissey flexes for the camera
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 17, 2009; Lead Performance: Morrissey; Genre: Rock

''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 Feb 11, 2009 Published in issue #1035 Feb 20, 2009 Order article reprints
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