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Mexrrissey - No Manchester

by Kevin Orton Rating:3 Release Date:2016-03-07

Mexico has long worshipped at the altar of former Smiths frontman. It seems Morrissey’s emotional and witty epistles of loss and heartbreak strike a deep chord with Mexican youth. It has been said his songs share a common bond with traditional Mexican folk music. If you ask me, that's something worth exploring.

So here you have it, a Mariachi tribute to all things Moz. While the performances are no doubt heartfelt, one can’t ignore the fact this is little more than a novelty album. It’s nice to hear 'Everyday is Like Sunday' with horns and trilling acoustic guitars, sung by a sweet voiced senorita, but beyond the quirky charm of it all, there’s really nothing being explored here. Exploited, perhaps.

'Last of the Famous International Playboys' is given a swinging lounge treatment, reminiscent of the instrumental, Tequila and its good fun but warrants no more than one listen. Such is the shelf life of novelty. Mexico is the most revealing example of what Mariachi and Morrissey both share. And this compilation boasts not only one but two different versions of Mexico. The same can be said for both versions of Suedehead. This album also features two versions of First of the Gang to Die, Last of the Famous International Playboys and Everyday Is Like Sunday. Making for a rather slight and redundant collection. With its mix of live and studio tracks, one gets the impression this a haphazard, hasty release, out to cash in on its own self-conscious novelty.

This isn’t to suggest any of the performances, lack heart or sincerity. On the contrary. But if there’s a joke behind it all, it soon isn’t funny anymore. While it may be good for a lark, there's something that rubs me the wrong way. If you ask me, this "nod and wink" is a missed opportunity. If only it sought to explore why Morrissey’s "veddy" English songs resonate so deeply with Mexico’s youth culture. If only it sought to step on the bridge between Mexican Folk Music and the phenomenon known as Morrissey. Instead, this hastily compiled album is merely content to stand at the foot of that bridge, passing the hat around. In the end, it's little more than novelty for novetly's sake. 


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