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Alternative & Indie - Released June 15, 2018 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 6, 2018 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 30, 2014 | New Voodoo Records

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Johnny Marr always wanted nothing more than to play guitar in a rock & roll band, so once he finally got his solo career off the ground in 2013 with The Messenger, he couldn't stop. As he toured the album, he continued to write new songs, then he took his touring band back into the studio with producer Doviak -- the same collaborator as on the 2013 record -- to knock out Playland. Unsurprisingly, the 2014 sequel feels cut from the same cloth as The Messenger, containing the same blend of classicist British pop values and modernist rock production that constitutes something of a throwback to the pre-Brit-pop '90s. If anything, Playland places a heavier emphasis on prominent dance beats ("Easy Money") and shimmering synthesized surfaces ("Candidate," "25 Hours"), which means this winds up recalling Electronic nearly as much as it does the Smiths, a nice transition that emphasizes Marr's sonic palette nearly as much as his songwriting and expert instrumental skills. Furthermore, Playland proves Marr wasn't wrong to rush into the studio to cut a second album quickly: it may glisten more than The Messenger, but it's a more visceral experience, gaining energy from its performance and also the sense that nothing here was fussed over. All this means that Playland is superficially more pop with all its style and flair, but it plays more like a rock & roll album, always in a hurry to make its point understood as quickly as possible. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Alternative & Indie - Released May 11, 2018 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 9, 2015 | New Voodoo Records

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After a grueling international touring schedule over the course of three years in support of his first two solo albums, 2013's The Messenger and 2014's Playland, former Smiths guitarist/songwriter (who has become a legendary legendary guitarist/singer/songwriter) Johnny Marr compiled this 17-track live album mostly from shows at O2 Academy Brixton and his hometown's Manchester Apollo in October 2014. With his steady touring lineup of guitarist/keyboardist James Doviak, bass player Iwan Gronow (the Mutineers, Haven), and drummer Jack Mitchell (Haven, Bad Lieutenant), he showcases his rhythmic, textured guitar playing and reinforces the fact that he's not a bad vocalist, either, even proving a fine substitute for Morrissey on their former band's "Bigmouth Strikes Again" (an album highlight), "The Headmaster Ritual," "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," and "How Soon Is Now." Marr also performs a tune by a different former band, Electronic's "Getting Away with It," and covers the Sonny Curtis (er, the Clash) classic "I Fought the Law." It's a pedal type of show, the guitars are mixed loud and clear, and one just might catch oneself singing along with the crowd on "There Is a Light...." ~ Marcy Donelson

Alternative & Indie - Released September 21, 2018 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 11, 2017 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 3, 2014 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 1, 2018 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 12, 2014 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 26, 2015 | New Voodoo Records

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Pop - Released September 1, 2016 | Chrysalis Copyrights

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 26, 2013 | Sire Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | New Voodoo Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 26, 2013 | Sire Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 19, 2013 | Sire Records

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Rock - Released August 6, 2013 | New Voodoo Records

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