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Call the Comet

Johnny Marr

Call the Comet

The self-produced third solo album from the former Smiths guitarist

ADM rating[?]

7.5

Label
New Voodoo
UK Release date
15/06/2018
US Release date
15/06/2018
  1. 8.5 |   Gig Soup

    Thirty-five years on from breaking into the industry, Marr’s still got plenty of tricks up his sleeve and certainly proves it on his best and most interesting solo album yet
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  2. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s a big, bold, hook-laden collection that sees Marr celebrating his past whilst gazing into the future
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Throughout, Marr paints deftly with light and shade. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    His best solo album yet
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A third solo album that effortlessly recalls former glories
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    While one Smith seems to have lost the plot, another has found his voice
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Possibly the most atmospheric, widescreen guitar album you'll hear all year
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Ultimately, it's all about the angle of his jangle--ever unimpeachable. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This is a record steeped in both the chilly yearning of Bowie’s “Berlin” albums and Ziggy Stardust’s glam apocalypse, as well as the science-fiction paperbacks by the likes of JG Ballard which inspired them
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  10. 8.0 |   NME

    Johnny Marr dreams of a better tomorrow on his bold and inspiring third solo album
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Call the Comet is a terrific album in its own right. In context, it’s a triumph
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Marr is only too happy to look to his past for influence but insists on simultaneously moving forward
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  13. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    There is nothing pretentious about Call the Comet, just gobs of alluring, guitar-based rock, tipping the scale in favor of Marr over Morrissey
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    His most natural and cohesive sound to date, embracing the best of his past and present
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  15. 7.0 |   Clash

    There are enough moments throughout the record to remind you that the Marr magic is alive and well
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  16. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    The former Smiths guitarist absorbs the political shocks of 2016 on a characteristically polished album that imagines life in an alternate universe that values kindness, curiosity, and intelligence
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Less Smiths and more Marr, Call the Comet reveals a solid, occasionally exhilarating side to a man whose worth has been overshadowed for far too long
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  18. 5.0 |   Earbuddy

    There’s no doubt that this is the record that Marr wants to make, but it just lacks the charm and innovation of his other works. It’s not particularly personal or surprising. It just is
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