Even for the most rabid Morrissey fans, there’s something very odd about this compilation, and you can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of a cash grab. Let’s ignore for a second that this is his third best-of disc (not to mention his sixth post-Smiths comp overall). After all, you could argue that his post-90s career revival deserved to be compiled, but if that’s the case, why bother at all with his 80s and 90s singles? Either he’s trying to rewrite his own history by pretending most of the 90s didn’t happen (only one song from that decade made the cut), or Decca was only willing to licence a handful of tunes from his former bosses at EMI.
Yes, there are a couple of promising new songs, but fans are going to buy the album when it comes out anyway. If you buy the early limited-edition version, you get a short live album. But remember that 2005 saw both a full live album and a live DVD, which were much more essential since they both included new versions of Smiths songs most people thought they’d never hear him perform again.