I don't have Hatful of Hollow itself, but I've heard most of the songs via other compilation albums. Morrissey's lyricism is simply unmatched, the way he sings so effortlessly about things everyone goes through in their lives, the fears and the sorrows and the occasional glimmer of hope...he makes it seem so easy and yet no one's even close to being on his level. Couple that with Johnny Marr's guitar melodies and you get one of the greatest bands in history.
Strangeways is good, hell, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me is one of the best songs I've ever heard. That alone makes it a better album than 90% of stuff out there. And then there's Girlfriend In A Coma and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before which are fantastic tunes as well.
"Paint A Vulgar Picture" was also really good.
How'd you feel about his solo stuff? It's funny, because in a lot of ways, his solo stuff has been pretty consistent in both quality and consistency. I remember when The Smiths broke up, and I was thinking, "Well, so much for that," but when I heard Viva Hate, there was some amazing shlt on there -- Alsatian Cousin, Bengali In Platforms, Suedehead, and Every Day Is Like Sunday all blew me away.
He even kind of veered into rockabilly a little bit with "Your Arsenal," and it worked really well. "Vauxhall And I" is another standout record.
I actually never listened to his earlier solo stuff, don't even know why (I really should get on top of that, seriously). The only ones I did listen to were You Are The Quarry (which is f***ing brilliant) and Ringleader Of The Tormentors (which I found to be utterly disappointing).