Viva Hate (studio album) by Morrissey

Viva Hate by Morrissey
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 1,111th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 319 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1988 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (176th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,111th)

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Viva Hate is ranked as the best album by Morrissey.

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77/100 (from 319 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.9/100, a mean average of 76.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.1.

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75/100
From 03/04/2023 20:58
Songwriting is still good and some beautiful melodies here and there, but it's not on the level of The Smiths work.
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80/100
From 02/22/2022 08:19
Spotify tracklist was different from that one in BEA?. An airy and great-sounding LP this is.
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85/100
From 10/20/2021 18:01
Honestly IMO an album that adding Johnny Marr would have fit pretty well on Smith's discography.

Given Morrissey recent "foot in mouth disease" I get the apprehension towards Bengali In Platforms but to myears it sounds like he is saying to the immigrant not to get his/her hopes up as this place can be pretty dour and depressing. As someone who in the past had a brief stint as an immigrant in the U.K it kind of talks to me and how I felt over there.
Sure it beats my third world country's standard of living but it can be tough dealing with cultural shock and a general sense of not belonging.
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85/100
From 09/19/2021 14:30
The best Morrissey album along with "You are the quarry", without a doubt. But where is Hairdresser on fire in the tracklist ?
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60/100
From 05/14/2020 13:06
The Morrissey genius is still there, with some great songs and still some humour there. I find elements of Bengali in Platforms disturbing though.
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75/100
From 09/25/2018 02:17
A dower album, which is to be expected. Some stand out moments but somewhat inconsistent.
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95/100
From 12/17/2016 09:06
Perhaps his best album. Any chance it'll be re released with the original and superior title "Education in Reverse"? Remember seeing a copy on cd in a second hand shop many years ago. Should have pounced.
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From 06/15/2016 10:46
Morrissey's solo debut pretty much carried on where the Smiths left off, it was certainly on a par with Strangeways Here We Come, which had appeared only 6 months prior. This was a very nostalgic collection of songs for Morrissey which very clearly reached back into the early 70's.

Viva Hate was Morrissey's first number 1 album since Meat Is Murder with the Smiths and it spawned two top ten singles in Suedehead and the majestic Everyday Is Like Sunday.
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80/100
From 12/03/2015 21:36
As a huge Morrissey fan I was surprised I wasn't as fond of this album on the first listen. But I was so wrong; this is probably one of the most consistent albums on Morrissey's discography- lyrically beautiful with fantastic instrumentation to compliment his voice.
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From 07/18/2015 12:35
Lyrically and musically dreary, without the effervescene of Johnny Marr's Smiths sound, this is still a worthwhile solo debut from Moz. Sometimes you just need to wallow in music like this.
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