Released in concert with the singles/B-sides compilation Bona Drag -- but ironically not including the B-sides from this release -- Piccadilly Palare continues Morrissey's work with the Langer/Winstanley team. This, in turn, likely explains the surprise guest on the title track: Suggs, lead vocalist for the legendary Madness. Like many of the other guest appearances on his singles, though, Morrissey takes the lead so much you can barely hear the other. The song itself is another glam-touched chugger, its emotional heft provided by the wounded, bitter lyrics. "Palare" is homosexual slang and Piccadilly Circus is a noted cruising area, and his sometimes blunt lyrics written from the point of view of a male prostitute cut to the quick. "At Amber" is a strange number, with odd production touches floating throughout the song, but it still has a certain something. More of interest is "Get Off the Stage," a hilarious rip into rockers who have lingered on the stage far too long. The folky tinge of the song via accordion and mandolin makes it even funnier.
AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett