Swords (album)

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Swords
Compilation album by Morrissey
Released 26 October 2009
Recorded 2003–2009
Genre Alternative rock
Length 67:47
Label Polydor
Producer Tony Visconti, Gustavo Santaolalla, Jerry Finn
Morrissey compilation chronology
The HMV/Parlophone Singles '88–'95
(2009)
Swords
(2009)
Very Best of Morrissey
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Mixed link
Billboard Positive[2]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 link
MusicOMH 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 5.0/10 link
PopMatters 7/10 stars link
Slant 2.5/5 stars link
Uncut 3/5 stars link

Swords is a compilation album by Morrissey, released on 26 October 2009. The album features 18 single B-sides collected from the preceding three Morrissey albums – You Are the Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006), and Years of Refusal (2009).[3][4] Morrissey issued a total of 24 studio B-sides during 2004-2009, as well as numerous live B-side tracks, making Swords an incomplete collection of his non-album work of the era. However, in his review of the album, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic.com notes that "Not all the flipsides are here, but all the noteworthy ones are."[5]

Initial copies of the CD include a bonus disc of eight songs recorded live in Warsaw during Morrissey's 2009 tour.[6] The compilation was supported by the Swords Tour,[7] featuring dates in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland,[8] and the United States.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Good Looking Man About Town"   Morrissey/Alain Whyte 2:53
2. "Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:53
3. "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me"   Morrissey/Jesse Tobias 3:40
4. "Ganglord"   Morrissey/Whyte 5:18
5. "My Dearest Love"   Morrissey/Whyte 4:00
6. "The Never-Played Symphonies"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:03
7. "Sweetie-Pie"   Morrissey/Michael Farrell 4:23
8. "Christian Dior"   Morrissey/Boz Boorer 3:59
9. "Shame Is the Name"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:49
10. "Munich Air Disaster 1958"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:30
11. "I Knew I Was Next"   Morrissey/Tobias 3:46
12. "It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:32
13. "Teenage Dad on His Estate"   Morrissey/Whyte 4:08
14. "Children in Pieces"   Morrissey/Tobias 4:01
15. "Friday Mourning"   Morrissey/Whyte 4:08
16. "My Life is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:53
17. "Drive-In Saturday (Live at the Orpheum Theater, Nebraska in 2007)"   David Bowie 5:05
18. "Because of My Poor Education"   Morrissey/Whyte 2:56
Total length:
66:50
Live in Warsaw bonus disc
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Black Cloud"   Morrissey/Boorer 3:08
2. "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"   Morrissey/Boorer 2:36
3. "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy"   Morrissey/Tobias 2:50
4. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself"   Morrissey/Whyte 3:37
5. "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell"   Morrissey/Boorer 3:04
6. "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby"   Morrissey/Johnny Marr 3:13
7. "Life is a Pigsty"   Morrissey/Whyte 8:56
8. "I'm OK by Myself"   Morrissey/Tobias 6:03
Total length:
33:27

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Swords". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Nagy, Evie (6 November 2009). "Morrissey, 'Swords'". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Statement from Morrissey". True-to-you.net. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Morrissey: Swords (new album)". Prefixmag.com. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Swords". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Swords album release information". True-to-you.net. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  7. ^ "Tour update: Germany (Nov. 16 – 20)". Morrissey-solo.com. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  8. ^ "Morrissey tour dates in Europe; Swords: Album release information". True-to-you.net. 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  9. ^ "Morrissey Reveals B-Sides Compilation". Pitchfork Media. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  10. ^ "Morrissey tour dates in the US and support information". True-to-you.net. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22.