The Messenger by Johnny Marr

After his legendary guitar and songwriting work for bands such as The The, The Smiths, Electronic, The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, Johnny Marr has released his debut solo album,* The Messenger*, which was predominantly written and recorded in his hometown of Manchester. Marr/Smiths fans like myself will no doubt be extremely curious to see how he moves to the front of stage as a solo artist, and I think they will be very much content.

Marr has an influential musical sound and style that is revered by many (in 2010, he was voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years in a poll conducted by the BBC) and, in listening to The Messenger, it’s wonderful to discover that it’s still vibrantly alive and kicking.

Miranda La Fleur works as a bookseller at Readings St Kilda.