The unquestioned highlight of Viva Hate, "Everyday Is Like Sunday" has remained one of Morrissey's most memorable numbers in and out of the Smiths, covered by a variety of bands from 10,000 Maniacs to the Armageddon Dildos. Street's orchestrations fit the melancholic surge of the music to a T, while Morrissey's portrait of a "coastal town they forgot to bomb" is evocative and given a bravura vocal. There's no way the B-sides can achieve the same level as the main track, but each has their points. "Sister I'm a Poet" is the most explicitly Smiths-like track, a quick band romp with a cryptic lyric. More of note is "Disappointed," which meshes a touch of "How Soon Is Now?"-style tremolo guitar with an aggressive, shuddering drum punch. The wickedly funny lyric at once celebrates his rock icon status and pokes more than a few holes in it. "Will Never Marry" is mostly a Street showcase of gently descending guitar and gripping strings, but Morrissey's lyric to an unknown letter writer is also worthy of note.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett