Johnny Marr
Playland


3.0
good

Review

by Jordan M. EMERITUS
October 12th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Natural Born Sideman.

By nature, Johnny Marr is an outrider. The mystique to Morrissey's outward frontman, his role has afforded him much loved places within the confines of Modest Mouse, Electronic, and The Cribs. However outside of these gigs his persona has never played up as particularly noticeable or remarkable; specific attention to an album like Ignore the Ignorant, where Marr's subtlety trumps any noticeable surface definition. Being the natural born sideman he is, The Messenger was a decidedly solid if unconfident solo foray for the jangle god. The problems and positives of that record carry over largely on Playland, indicating by-numbers indie rock at its finest.

Lead single "Easy Money" is the clearest highlight with its majestic and repetitive chorus hook overpowering a largely new wave fare. There's obviously more to the record than "...Money", however more or less this what you would expect from Marr in 2014. None of the songs reach the heights of "Sexuality" or "Getting Away With It", but there's a particular charm Marr always carries on the calmly collected riffing of the title track or "Boys Get Straight". The vocals are still quite shaky, and the tendency towards routine is alarming. However in terms of setlist filler you could go far worse than an album like Playland.



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ZackSh33
October 12th 2014


728 Comments


this reads very similar to the short "Messenger" review on here

Not saying its a bad thing, but I'd really like to know more about this album than just a paragraph

Sowing
Moderator
October 12th 2014


43923 Comments


I tried to bump this soundoff but then I couldn't
because I realized it's a fucking review

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
October 12th 2014


11958 Comments


tad short for my taste but well written and pretty informative nonetheless.

I'd really like to know more about this album than just a paragraph [2]


someguest
October 12th 2014


30126 Comments


take a look at most music publications and see how long the reviews are there

someguest
October 12th 2014


30126 Comments


exactly. marr and company peaked thirty years ago.

someguest
October 12th 2014


30126 Comments


to be fair "Istanbul" is of the utmost quality

I need to explore that album more

WhiteNoise
October 12th 2014


3884 Comments


Nice Soundoff.

ExplosiveOranges
October 12th 2014


4408 Comments


within the confines of Modest Mouse, Electronic and The Cribs.

Try throwing in a comma after "Electronic" to help the flow a little more.

There's obviously more to the record than just that- "Back in the Box" bears the hallmark of a perfect live opener, while "This Tension" is the most addictive Smiths-indebted tune here- but more or less this what you would expect from Marr.

This sentence feels kinda long. I could break it into at least three.

The vocals are still quite shaky, and for a man famed as a pioneer the tendency towards routine is alarming, however in terms of setlist filler you could go far worse than an album like Playland.

Again, unnecessarily long sentence, and the "and for a man...." clause feels like the worst offender.

Sorry if I seem like a dick, but this is an awfully short review, even by your standards, and I'd at least like to see you pull it off in the best way possible.

Artuma
October 12th 2014


32762 Comments


this is short

menawati
October 15th 2014


16715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

quite enjoyable this thing

PuddlesPuddles
October 18th 2014


4798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

However outside of these gigs his persona has never played up as particularly noticeable or

remarkable; specific attention to an album like Ignore the Ignorant, where Marr's subtlety trumps any

noticeable surface definition








Either eliminate "However[,]" or sandwich it between commas after "gigs[.]" When attempting to set up

exemptions, putting "however" as the first word breaks the flow of writing unnecessarily. I, personally,

would only lead with it for special emphasis ("However tired his songwriting may be,[. . .]).





If you choose to use the cursed semicolon here, however, a complete sentence must be on both sides of it

(the after-semicolon is incomplete).







Being the natural born sideman he is, The Messenger was a decidedly solid if unconfident solo foray

for the jangle god.




I'd suggest restructuring this sentence. You're telling us that The Messenger is a natural born

sideman. As for "unconfident," how about "not confident"?

Soaringmuse
December 7th 2014


144 Comments


Dynamo's video just got released, the song's pretty good. Better than Money Money for me



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