It's a mystery why Johnny Marr's solo debut "The Messenger" was so celebrated by the British press just two years ago, when the former Smiths guitarist jinxed himself quite uninspired by half-baked songs. The successor is not much better either. Marr sounds as if he has just discovered the sound of Britrock of the 90s and thus a way to emancipate himself from his typical 80s jinglejangle pop (which nobody plays as brilliantly as he does). He is granted it, but why the NME praises the single "Easy Money" in advance, which is close to the border to embarrassment, can only be explained by his never-ending credit in his home country. Marr is always good when he remembers his Smith's roots. He does that twice on the album and he can already present two convincing songs. Otherwise the guitarist should listen to the latest album of his former singer Morrissey to learn how to do it right.
Top track: The Trap