Morrissey Greatest Hits

Morrissey Greatest Hits
It appears Steven Patrick Morrissey is trying to rival his former band’s fondness for career-spanning compilations. With this fourth Morrissey "collection,” the Pope of Mope assembles the best in his 20-year career, though not without some eyebrow-raising omissions. His 2004 comeback, You Are the Quarry, and 2006’s follow-up, Ringleader of the Tormentors, were certainly successful in re-establishing his superstardom and influence but do those two albums deserve to make up more than half of his finest solo work? No. And yet here they are hogging the spotlight almost as if Moz never recorded Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal and Southpaw Grammar, all of which are absent on Greatest Hits. I hate to nitpick but it takes "Everyday Is Like Sunday,” seven tracks in, to hear anything before ’04, and then still there are only three others from that era. Wisely though, Morrissey test-drives two newbies — "That’s How People Grow Up” and "All You Need Is Me” — both of which signal he’s still at it strong. This is pretty underwhelming but something tells me this isn’t the last of these celebratory collections we’ll see from our dour prince. (Decca/Universal)