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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]

Swords
Morrissey swords album cover.JPG
Compilation album by
Released26 October 2009
Recorded2003–2009
GenreAlternative rock
Length67:47
LabelPolydor
ProducerTony 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
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
BBCMixed link
BillboardPositive[2]
Drowned in Sound7/10 link
MusicOMH4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media5.0/10 link
PopMatters7/10 stars link
Slant2.5/5 stars link
Uncut3/5 stars link

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]

In a statement, Morrissey revealed that he had intended Swords to be a budget album, and was disappointed to see it be retailed for such a high price.

Contents

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Good Looking Man About Town"Morrissey/Alain Whyte2:53
2."Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice"Morrissey/Whyte2:53
3."If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look at Me"Morrissey/Jesse Tobias3:40
4."Ganglord"Morrissey/Whyte5:18
5."My Dearest Love"Morrissey/Whyte4:00
6."The Never-Played Symphonies"Morrissey/Whyte3:03
7."Sweetie-Pie"Morrissey/Michael Farrell4:23
8."Christian Dior"Morrissey/Boz Boorer3:59
9."Shame Is the Name"Morrissey/Whyte3:49
10."Munich Air Disaster 1958"Morrissey/Whyte2:30
11."I Knew I Was Next"Morrissey/Tobias3:46
12."It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small"Morrissey/Whyte3:32
13."Teenage Dad on His Estate"Morrissey/Whyte4:08
14."Children in Pieces"Morrissey/Tobias4:01
15."Friday Mourning"Morrissey/Whyte4:08
16."My Life is a Succession of People Saying Goodbye"Morrissey/Whyte2:53
17."Drive-In Saturday" (live at the Orpheum Theater, Nebraska in 2007)David Bowie5:05
18."Because of My Poor Education"Morrissey/Whyte2:56
Total length:66:50
Live in Warsaw bonus disc
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Black Cloud"Morrissey/Boorer3:08
2."I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris"Morrissey/Boorer2:36
3."I Just Want to See the Boy Happy"Morrissey/Tobias2:50
4."Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself"Morrissey/Whyte3:37
5."One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell"Morrissey/Boorer3:04
6."You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby"Morrissey/Johnny Marr3:13
7."Life is a Pigsty"Morrissey/Whyte8:56
8."I'm OK by Myself"Morrissey/Tobias6:03
Total length:33:27

PersonnelEdit

The bandEdit

Additional creditsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.