Morrissey kicked off a successful solo career following the disbanding of The Smiths in 1987. He has released 11 albums in the three decades since, though the most interesting output came during the late 80s through mid 90s.
For my money, his best solo albums are his 1988 debut, Viva Hate, and his third album, 1992’s Your Arsenal, easily his best work. Sandwiched between them was 1991’s Kill Uncle, an oddly endearing record that I rank as my #9 album of 1991.
Morrissey is known mostly for his biting sense of humor, general bitchiness and a melodramatic morose streak a mile wide. He wants you to laugh while he’s crying.
But every once in awhile, in both his work with The Smiths and on his solo albums, Morrissey can knock you out with something deeply heartfelt.
One fine example is The Smiths’ ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ (a John Hughes staple), which owes much of its poignancy to Johnny Marr’s delicate guitar work.