The final single (in the U.K., at least) from Your Arsenal was a bit of an odd choice. "Certain People I Know" itself had received attention when the album came out as essentially being T. Rex's glam classic "Ride a White Swan" with a slightly different arrangement. Which is true enough, but then again, noted glam-addict Morrissey would be the first to admit it, while the loose-and-lively band performance is great, down to the electric descending chords. Lyrically it's a scream, with Morrissey dismissing people for having clothes that are "imitation George the twenty-third" and the like. Both B-sides are co-written with Boorer and are among Morrissey's best; the shady atmospheres of "You've Had Her," done without percussion, are strong enough, but then "Jack the Ripper" kicks in. Beautifully arranged and performed by the band as a dark, moodily energetic piece, with buried screams of electric guitar adding to the feel, its killer touch is Morrissey's desperate, this-is-the-end love/lust lyric.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett