Album Review: Johnny Marr – Playland


For so long the guitar-slinging foil to some of Britains greatest frontmen — Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Ryan Jarman—Johnny Marr most certainly had a point to prove. Playland follows on from The Messenger’s success with 11 taut, catchy songs encapsulating the classic British indie that Marr helped to define in the 1980s along with New wave and post punk. Marr isn’t a natural singer, but his effortlessly cool croon suits the ethereal, windswept riffs. Opener, ‘Back In The Box’, a pulsating, thrusting punch in the gut riff reminiscent of the work he did with The Cribs, coupled with an eerie, gothic, fog horn synth. Whisper it, but Playland’s missing ingredient could possibly be the lyrical mastery of one Morrissey. However, Marr’s talent as a songwriter is undoubtable; he truly is a national treasure.

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