WNRN’s CD of the Month – March, 2013

March 8 2013, 1:29pm
Categories: CD of the Month

Johnny Marr’s The Messenger is WNRN’s CD of the Month for March.



Hidden behind his guitar for 30 years Johnny Marr is finally letting his voice ring out on The Messenger. Not the big brash crooner that Morrissey is, but he has an emotive voice – tone and timbre of an elder statesman of rock and roll.

Marr has spent time with many musicians, but rather than building a full band for his first solo album The Messenger finds Marr on keyboards, synthesizers & bass. Only a few people were entrusted with making his vision a reality including his daughter Sonny on harmony vocals and his guitarist son Nile who performs as Man Made.

Highlights on The Messenger include The 60s style Doo Wop of “European Me” that sounds like a missing track from The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come. “Upstarts”, with its insistent and upbeat guitar hook, the gritty punk vibrato of “Sun and Moon”. With the album wrapping up with the disco infused “Word Starts Attack” that gives way to an atomic shredding guitar solo.


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Listen to WNRN for deeper tracks from Johnny Marr’s The Messenger all month long.