Waste of cash
The Groove | Boston, MA | 08/28/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As a diehard Smiths/Morrissey fan, I find this collection of previously released songs to be an affront to his following. Not only is the song selection weak, but it also features "The Last of the Famous International Playboys," which ALREADY appeared on another compilation, "Bona Drag." You're better off getting THAT disc instead of this cheaply-assembled collection. This is the one Morrissey disc I strongly recommend against."
World of Morrissey
Chris | California | 02/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What makes this compilation so great is the variety. Morrissey changes his sound with nearly every track. Although the tracks are supposed to be "rare" b-sides, these are some of the greatest songs of his solo career. Songs like Boxers, Spring Heeled Jim, and Jack the Ripper sound a lot like his old Smith singles. There is really only one vintage Morissey track here, the playboy song, and trust me, you can hear the vintage in the synth sounds. Oddly enough, it doesnt really stand out. It's a great song and belongs in any Morrissey compilation-- especially one called World of Morrissey.
The first track, which includes a squeling clarinet replacing a guitar riff, is one of the most original Morrisey songs I've ever heard. The Loop, which is a very simple song, has a real hip rockabilly cowboy sound. Fun songs like Have-A-Go Merchant, Billy Budd, and Certain People I Know are very catchy. There's even a surprisingly cool cover of Moon River. If you are young and new to Morrissey, this is probably the best compilation out. If you are familiar with his older stuff, these songs won't fit well with fluffy expectations of more hairdressers on fire and suedeheads. World of Morrissey is not another Bona Drag cd. It is completely different and arguably a whole lot better."
Truly Best Of
Douglas Coronel | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 01/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure what all the complaining about is for the previous reviewers. These songs are the best and most guitar-oriented Morrissey has to offer. I am thankful he did not include the keyboard friendly dogs like Hairdresser or Boy Racer. These tunes are the rockish, Smiths-style riffs that work well with Morrissey's vocals and lyrics. All the songs on this album are pulled from various sources but they work well together as a whole. He includes a cover version of Moon River which I skip over but it isn't entirely bad."