Morrissey Very Best Of MAJOR MINOR
From page 82 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
Misery maestro gives approval to this deluxe retrospective.
Morrissey’s early solo career has already been reissued and repackaged umpteen times, including two more previous collections released in just the past three years.
Spanning 1988 to 1995, this CD-plus-DVD package again plunders the singer’s EMI/ Parlophone years, but comes with the rare distinction of His Majesty’s blessing and creative involvement. Fans might contest the inclusion of substandard duds Sonny and Ouija Board, Ouija Board over more deserving classics such as Disappointed or Late Night, Maudlin Street , but the pulse still quickens during the shimmering post-Smiths rebirth of Suedehead and the rolling, Dylanesque, cinematic melodrama of Boxers .
For hardcore disciples, the chief selling point here is the Siouxsie-free solo version of the brooding chanson Interlude , a cover of a cult 1968 Timi Yuro track, never previously released. A rare Jonathan Ross TV clip from 1990, premieringthe achingly desolate piano ballad I’ve Changed My Plea To Guilty , is also a pleasing reminder of Morrissey’s truly unmatched genius for operatically preposterous self-pity.