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Johnny Marr’s Debut Solo Record “The Messenger” Out Today

February 26, 2013

JOHNNY MARR’S SOLO DEBUT THE MESSENGER (SIRE/ADA) OUT NOW TO OVERWHELMING WORLDWIDE ACCLAIM

 

Critical Praise for Johnny Marr’s The Messenger:

 

Rolling Stone

“…filled with Brit-pop melodies and reverbed post-punk jangles. Marr also splatters sharp, aggressive riffing and neck-breakers throughout The Messenger, giving the album a varied pace and many different slices of Marr’s songwriting.”

 

 The New York Times

“What took so long? …full of intricate, interlocking guitar parts as well as riffs and solos…bringing those embellishments forward in the mix.”

Pitchfork

“The Messenger is precisely the big, bright, jangly guitar rock LP that Smiths fans would have killed for…a traditional Brit-rock sound with big, clean hooks that showcase the metallic guitar jangle that cemented his name in the ranks of important guitarists nearly 30 years ago.”

TIME

“…excellent new album.”

The Guardian

“Epic, romantic soundscapes.”

Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Marr is still close to his roots. New Wave’s energy and its affinity for pop structure also informs ‘The Messenger.’ As a vocalist, Marr delivers his lines drily and honestly…

but it’s the guitars that define [the album]”

MOJO Magazine

“…a post-punk monster.”

  

Entertainment Weekly

“Marr’s still a master at getting jangly new-wave energy

and moody atmospheres out of his instrument.”

  

Stereogum

“Excellent… it’s an album that – in both sound and style – hearkens back to Marr’s early days.”

 

DETAILS

“Harks back to the eighties with chiming, effects-laden guitars and dreamy vocals.”

 

SPIN

“…a roll call of guitar-pop standards.”

  

FILTER

“The Messenger does not disappoint; it brims with angular riffage, swings with sexy insouciance. Marr’s singing is emotive and strong. An inspired debut solo effort.”

 

The Hollywood Reporter

“A collection that harkens back to his roots: the guitar jangles and shimmers, the songs are often wistful and romantic.”

 

MAGNET

“…easily [Marr’s] best work since the Smiths…some of it, arguably, is better than the Smiths.”

 

NYLON

“A well-crafted and balanced record, it shows equal care in all the instrumentation, and Marr’s guitar work is a culmination of his evolution as both player and songwriter.”

JOHNNY MARR – NORTH AMERICAN DATES:

April 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan – The Pool w/ New Order

April 12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella

April 13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

April 15 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

April 16 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

April 18 – Santa Barbara, CA @ County Bowl w/ New Order

April 19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella

April 21 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird

April 22 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

April 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

April 25 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

April 26 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

April 27 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix

April 29 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club

April 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

May 02 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

May 03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 04 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

You can purchase The Messenger right now on iTunes.

You can watch the video for single “Upstarts” on YouTube.

Visit Johnny Marr online:

Official Website  l  Press Assets  l  Facebook  l  Twitter

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