MORRISSEY, YEARS OF REFUSAL

After years in Los Angeles, the master of melancholy is finally channeling the Southern California vibes—in a punky sort of way.

Morrissey, Years of Refusal [Attack/Lost Highway]

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After years in Los Angeles, the master of melancholy is finally channeling the Southern California vibes—in a punky sort of way. With anthemic guitars and chunky bass lines, Mozzer sounds like an English version of Social Distortion—only with better lyrics and that operatic voice. Matt Hendrickson

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