The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
"A gleaming reputation tarnishes"
Not Really A Nay Or A Yea-Sayer:
Since it's a hit, it's about America, of course. And after all we've been through, we deserve him.
The more that he bores you... You have to admit that Moz always knows how to get the guitars rolling behind him, even on a dopey, almost formless neutered ramble of a song like this. Perhaps to show Suede just who is the true master of the glam racket, the fuzzed-up guitars on here are pure Ronson (rumour has it they're Mr. Marr, if you can believe that), although they tumble into the crap picking style of Nilsson's version of 'Everybody's Talkin'' in places. Shurely no mishtake, since 'Used To Be A Sweet Boy', also here, is a dreary, countryish ballad.
What's missing? Need you ask? It's passion, his sense of his total engagement that made The Smiths unignorable to anyone remotely interested in rock. No-one can be blamed for ignoring him when he's capable of so much more than just coasting out of gear. A gleaming reputation tarnishes.
- NME, 1994