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Johnny Marr

The Messenger

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March 15, 2013

The massively influential Smiths guitarist finally makes the solid solo debut he should've recorded a quarter-century ago. It's relatively anonymous Brit rock, and some of his gripes about the rock scene are less than becoming for someone of his age and stature. But his guitar playing is gobsmackingly great – all sunbursts and snarls, technically amazing yet emotionally direct, fusing volumes of rock history into fleeting passages.

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