|Studio album by Morrissey|
|Released||27 July 1992|
|Genre||Alternative rock, indie rock|
Rhino (2014 re-release)
|Singles from Your Arsenal|
|Robert Christgau||(A-) |
Your Arsenal is a 1992 album by the British singer Morrissey, which was released through HMV Records. The album reached number 4 on the UK Album Chart and was listed as one of the top 50 albums of 1992 by Q.
About the album
Morrissey had been rehearsing with a new band prior to the release of Your Arsenal, which was the first official album of this new line-up, whose core has remained stable to date (since this record was released, his music has been chiefly composed by either Alain Whyte or Boz Boorer, two musicians originally coming from the rockabilly scene).
Commencing with "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side", the album represents a clear change in direction for Morrissey from indie pop to a more muscular rock sound; with some elements of rockabilly. It also contains a glam rock influence, due to the involvement of ex-Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson. Songs such as "Certain People I Know", "Glamorous Glue", and "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", which are respectively influenced by T. Rex, and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust period songs (i.e. "The Jean Genie" and the latter by "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide").
Some tracks from the album were lyrically controversial, although much of the controversy was generated by the New Musical Express, who had turned against Morrissey by this time. "Glamorous Glue", though a personally conflicted and ambivalent song, was accused of anti-Americanism, while the similarly ambiguous "We'll Let You Know" was accused of defending football hooliganism. "The National Front Disco", meanwhile, was accused by some of glorifying the British National Front, a far-right group, and the ambiguity of lyrics such as "England for the English" was criticised.
The first song released from the album, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful", peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. It also hit number two on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The UK also saw the release of "You're the One for Me, Fatty" (#19) and "Certain People I Know" (#35). In the United States, "Glamorous Glue" and "Tomorrow" reached #13 and #1 on the Modern Rock chart, respectively.
In 2014, Rhino Records issued a "Definitive Master" of the album. This version was remastered and substitutes the original album version of "Tomorrow" for the U.S. single mix. It also includes a bonus DVD of a 1991 concert from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
|1.||"You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"||Mark E. Nevin||3:38|
|3.||"We'll Let You Know"||5:17|
|4.||"The National Front Disco"||4:23|
|5.||"Certain People I Know"||3:11|
|6.||"We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"||2:29|
|7.||"You're the One for Me, Fatty"||2:58|
|8.||"Seasick, Yet Still Docked"||5:07|
|9.||"I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"||Nevin||4:20|
- Morrissey – vocals
- Alain Whyte – guitars
- Boz Boorer – guitars
- Gary Day – bass guitar
- Spencer Cobrin – drums
|UK Albums (OCC)||4|
|US Billboard 200||21|
|UK Albums (OCC)||49|
|Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)||18|
- [dead link]
- July 1992
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