'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' explores the tragedy of human apathy in our turbulent, modern era. Produced by Joe Chiccarelli at La Fabrique Studios in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, the album is available as a standard (12 track) and a deluxe edition (18 tracks) as well as on double vinyl.
Vinyl Double LP £23.99 3781657
2LP on Virgin EMI.
CD £14.99 3785256
Deluxe Edition 2CD on Virgin EMI.
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Reviews so far of Morrisseys long awaited opus have been surprisingly kind. Lets face it, the man could deserve a real kicking both for some dreadful music in his most recent years and...well...just for being a bit of a berk.
There is no way around it, the album really doesn’t start well. The opening title track is a plodder, with overblown production and a Russell Brand-sponsored ‘do not vote’ rhetoric (presumably to allow Morrissey’s beloved UKIP to sneak into power). ‘Neal Cassady Drops Dead’ sits firmly into the middle aged artist trying to sound edgy category with distorted drums and guitars. When he does deem not to sing the same line over and again the lyrics are clunky. An electric guitar solo is followed by a Spanish guitar solo, hell, is Morrissey even here? ‘I Am Not A Man’ is ‘Meat is Murder’ revisited for the millionth time wearing concrete boots. But finally, finally ‘Istanbul sweeps the album into life, reminiscent of ‘How Soon Is Now’, it has that chuggy guitar, swirling atmospherics and despite the subject matter, a windswept Northern atmosphere. ‘Earth Is the Loneliest Planet’ is breezy and like many of these tracks imbued with a Spanish feel, ditto ‘The Bullfighter Dies’ -a kind of Mediterranean ‘Cemetry Gates’ - a wash of strummed guitars and wheezy accordion’s. Morrissey sounds like he has a mouthful of wasps on ‘Kiss Me A Lot’, but as castanets abound it bursts nicely into a smart Radio 2 friendly chorus, full of joyous horns.
‘Smiler With Knife’ edges towards the kind of bedsit bound late night melancholy I've always thought could suit Morrissey to a tee but frustratingly goes off at several tangents. Still, at last he’s trying something different. The best is saved til last though. Castanets are put away, the Spanish guitar has finally been stuck where the sun don’t shine and ‘Mountjoy’ and ‘Oboe Concerto’ are both lovely slow burners with Morrissey’s melodic instincts firmly intact. Not a bad album then, the second half being way superior to the overblown first. He’s not that likeable these days but in patches, his music still tugs at all the correct heart strings.
5/10 Larry 26th July 2014
I suppose old Mozzer had two choices here. Make another middling chug-rock LP with the fat bloke from the Polecats, or try something different. Sadly the something different involves Spanish guitar and castanets. As Moz should know, no record has been improved by adding Spanish guitar and castanets. Ever.
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