By Wright Franklin
KRUA Music Manager
Morrissey is back with his new LP, World Peace Is None Of Your Business. And he’s back with a vengeance. Well, at the very least, a new sound. The album is layered with multitudes of different instruments, from horns and flamenco guitars, to strings and screaming. Staying true to character, the opening track is a widespread criticism of government and all of the people who support it (“Each time you vote you support the process”) over a cheerful, almost hokey arrangement.
For fans of both Morrissey and The Smiths, this album is a bit of a leap in a new direction. Never have we heard Morrissey approach such diverse arrangements. The loud and aggressive “Neal Cassedy Drops Dead” is followed by the slow-building and strangely Bowie-esque “I’m Not A Man”, which ends in a cluster of noise and yelling. There is undoubtedly a large Spanish influence on the record, most obvious on the flamenco guitar and offbeat drums on “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”. Fans of his more familiar British rock sound will probably find the most pleasure out of the tracks “Staircase At The University” and “Kiss Me A Lot”.
As quickly as the album jumps into the fast paced, diverse arrangements, it flips into a series of slow ballads. The melancholy “Oboe Concerto” sounds a lot more like the Morrissey we know. Here he laments his lost childhood mates singing, “all I do is drink to absent friends.” World Peace Is None Of Your Business is a pretty typical Morrissey record, and for an album about the world, it contains an appropriate amount of world influences. It is nice to see that Morrissey is not resting on his loins, and continues to speak out blatantly and honestly about his views. And isn’t that what we love him for?
1. World Peace Is None Of Your Business
2. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
3. I’m Not A Man
5. Earth Is The Loneliest Planet
6. Staircase At The University
7. The Bullfighter Dies
8. Kiss Me A Lot
9. Smiler With Knife
10. Kick The Bride Down The Aisle