Top 40 Songs of 2012: Johnny Marr – The Messenger

#Top40Songs2012 by Sam Skilton
At the start of the 1980s, the word ‘Marr’ would perhaps have conjured up thoughts of a village in South Yorkshire, or a Scottish committee area, or even a former British racing driver. Nowadays though, it may as well be the descriptor for one of the most distinctive guitar sounds ever heard; such is the influence that the founder of Manchester indie band The Smiths has had on British music. Johnny Marr has been absent for a little while now, his previously most recent significant release being with The Cribs in 2009. But those spellbinding melodies – which sound more like the clinking of wind chimes resonating in the breeze than the plucking of guitar strings – are alive once again. They personify the word ‘Marr’, and ‘The Messenger’ is a refresher of what the ‘indie’ genre once was, some thirty years ago.
Released: 13 November 2012
Label: Warner Bros
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