This fine release kicks off with the driving pulse of Back In The Box, and you’re hooked. The complex riffs and arpeggios dominant in the music of The Smiths are still evident, but shifted into a forceful, dare we say more effective delivery, with bags of drive and power. There are 11 very radio-friendly songs and the first single, Easy Money, is getting a lot of airplay. If you like that you’ll love the album, as it’s by no means the best track here. We particularly like the riffy and capo’d Dynamo, where Johnny’s Fender Jag gets a great workout. Marr has never been one for huge solos but the heavy distortion and controlled sustain on Candidate work brilliantly against the clean, double-stop riffing. The album is beautifully produced and features hook-laden, perfectly crafted songs; it brims with the swagger of Britpop, hints at the best of the 60s bands and overflows with Marr’s own fantastic style - he’s in fine voice too. So forget whether you loved or loathed The Smiths: this is Johnny Marr on peak form, so buy it!