Johnny Marr - 'Call The Comet'

7/10

Over the years, Johnny Marr has looked to put his days in The Smiths behind him and become a fully-fledged solo artist in his own right. And while his former bandmate Morrissey seems more keen in causing controversy than recently interesting new material, Marr is looking at the state of the world today and using it to validate his own beliefs and dispositions, marking a more forward-thinking direction from the frontman this time around.

For a very long time, Johnny Marr found himself more comfortable as part of the backdrop of other groups, lending his guitar work to an array of different outfits. But now onto his third solo outing, he certainly seems a lot more comfortable in his guise as a one-man band. While his guitar playing remains very much a part of that echoed and haunting demeanour The Smiths always liked to push, his vocal presence seems far stronger on this record, lending to the idea that he has now fully embraced his place behind a microphone and delivers probably his most confident record to date.

While his songwriting still relies on old tricks from his initial career, his mind is very much focused on the modern day. 'Call The Comet' is his call to the contemporary climate of the sound and style of modern Britpop, a politically motivated affair but one that stays very much grounded in what he knows and believes as an individual.

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