After over two decades (yes decades) of collaborations you’ll be pleased to know Johnny Marr is back and flying solo for the first time with latest album ’The Messenger,’ (Released here in the UK through Warner Brothers just yesterday).
There’s not many as high callibre as him in the guitar playing world who can put great singer on their cv too, Marr can and it’s not just his voice that’s on point in this album.
His lyrics take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotion, at times offering a rare look at the man behind the guitar as he delves into himself (romantically remembering childhood liberations) while at others (just as you feel you’re being let in to something top secret) they become instantly technical and removed.
When asked recently he explained the underlying idea of the album is based on his experiences growing up in Eurpoe, “When you’re away from your home city you’re more compelled to write about it, whether that’s because you’re homesick or you’ve got more objectivity, I don’t know. Growing up in the city influences you, and I’ve continued to see, stories and energy in it.”
Oozing cool, and much more ‘vintage Smith’s’ in style, trust us when we say this is an album you’re gunna’ want in your record collection.