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Maladjusted is the sixth studio album by English singer Morrissey, released on 11 August 1997 by record label Island.

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Studio album by Morrissey
Released 11 August 1997
Recorded January 1997
Studio Hook End Manor, Oxfordshire, England
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop, pop rock
Length 42:54
Label Island
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Morrissey chronology
Southpaw Grammar
(1995)Southpaw Grammar1995
You Are the Quarry
(2004)You Are the Quarry2004
Singles from Maladjusted
  1. "Alma Matters"
    Released: 21 July 1997
  2. "Roy's Keen"
    Released: 6 October 1997
  3. "Satan Rejected My Soul"
    Released: 29 December 1997
Alternate cover
2009 reissue cover
2009 reissue cover

The album received a lukewarm reception from fans and critics alike, and was Morrissey's last studio album for seven years.



Maladjusted was Morrissey's attempt to integrate the torch songs that he experimented with on Vauxhall and I with the indie rock of his earlier career. In addition to "Alma Matters", the tracks "Trouble Loves Me", "Ammunition" and "Wide to Receive" stand out as reminiscent of the Vauxhall and I era.

The album caused a small amount of controversy over what was to be the penultimate track. Entitled "Sorrow Will Come in the End", it featured Morrissey intoning, rather than singing, over a backing of manic strings and the beat of a judge's gavel. The song is clearly about the Mike Joyce royalties dispute, and lyrically takes the form of, essentially, an extended threatening message to him and his representatives. "Don't close your eyes/Don't ever close your eyes/A man who slits throats/Has time on his hands/And I'm gonna get you". Island Records, Morrissey's label at the time, dropped the track from UK versions of the album for fear of libel action. Joyce, for his part, said of the song, "I just found it funny. If Lemmy had written it, I might be concerned."[1]

On the inside sleeve of the LP is printed "John Bindon 1943–1993", a reference to the British underworld figure and actor.


Morrissey released "Alma Matters" on 21 July 1997 to support the album. The song premiered on the KROQ-FM Jed the Fish show on 4 July 1997. It was well received by fans and critics alike, praised for its surprisingly upbeat sound.[citation needed] The single reached number 16 in the UK Singles Chart, making it Morrissey's highest charting single in the decade between the Vauxhall and I and You Are the Quarry releases.[citation needed]

Maladjusted was released on 11 August 1997 by record label Island. The album was not a huge commercial success, bowing at a respectable but underwhelming No. 8 in the UK Albums Chart.[citation needed] The follow-up singles "Roy's Keen" and "Satan Rejected My Soul" peaked at numbers 42 and 39, respectively. Still, the album reached number 61 in the US and has sold 88,000 copies to Southpaw Grammar's 65,000.[citation needed]

Island Records released a remastered and redesigned version of Maladjusted on 4 May 2009.[2] It included a new album cover and track listing, several rare B-sides and the first UK release of "Sorrow Will Come in the End". However, two songs ("Roy's Keen" and "Papa Jack") were left off the new track list. In the initial press release, "Ambitious Outsiders" was incorrectly listed as "Ambitious Lovers". It was released on the Polydor label.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [3]
Blender      [4]
Chicago Tribune     [5]
Entertainment Weekly C[6]
Los Angeles Times     [7]
NME 6/10[8]
Q      [9]
Rolling Stone      [10]
Select 3/5[11]
Spin 6/10[12]

Maladjusted received a mixed-to-unfavourable response from critics.

Matt Hendrickson of Rolling Stone wrote, "despite his predictability, Maladjusted is Morrissey's strongest musical effort since his 1988 solo debut, Viva Hate."[10]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Morrissey; all music composed by Alain Whyte, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Maladjusted" Boorer 4:42
2. "Alma Matters"   4:48
3. "Ambitious Outsiders"   3:56
4. "Trouble Loves Me"   4:40
5. "Papa Jack"   4:33
6. "Ammunition" Boorer 3:38
7. "Wide to Receive" Cobrin 3:53
8. "Roy's Keen"   3:36
9. "He Cried"   3:21
10. "Sorrow Will Come in the End" (not included on UK release, but on the cassette)   2:51
11. "Satan Rejected My Soul" Boorer 2:56



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  2. ^ "Morrissey-solo | Maladjusted Reissue Details from Press Release". Morrissey-solo. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Maladjusted – Morrissey". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Power, Tony (15 September 2004). "Morrissey: Maladjusted". Blender. Archived from the original on 23 November 2005. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Knopper, Steve (29 August 1997). "Morrissey: Maladjusted (Mercury)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ O'Connor, Rob (17 August 1995). "Maladjusted". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Scribner, Sara (17 August 1997). "In Brief". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Moody, Paul (9 August 1997). "Morrissey – Maladjusted". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Morrissey: Maladjusted". Q (130). July 1997. 
  10. ^ a b Hendrickson, Matt (14 August 1997). "Maladjusted". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Harrison, Ian (September 1997). "Morrissey: Maladjusted". Select (87). 
  12. ^ Walters, Barry (September 1997). "Morrissey: Maladjusted". Spin. 13 (6): 160. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 

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