A band with a reputation for being whiny and dull, but from an objective viewpoint:
1. At least Morrissey meant it, Coldplay/Travis etc. sure as hell don't.
2. At least they had a wry sense of humour, they *knew* they were moping, the joke was on them
3. They were still quite, quite brilliant.
Morrissey just isn't as good solo as he was with Marr in the Smiths