Wonderfully vicious and witty, and surprisingly vital.
MORRISSEY WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS (Harvest/Capitol) @@@@
The last album Years Of Refusal (2009) was more of a yawn-ish parenthesis, where as Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006) balanced between exquisite moments and boring monotony, but it’s still the magnificent You Are The Quarry (2004) that’s the modern Moz to beat. Or should say I say post-millenium-Moz, for how modern can this love-fully cynical crooner ever be or become. At WPINOYB he feels rested, fully recharged and happily ready to shoot us with his viciously witty contemplations over not so humane humans (Earth is the loneliest planet), the situation in Egypt and Ukraine (World peace is none of your business), the emasculation of his manhood due to the cruelty of men (I’m not a man) and Bridezillas (Kick the bride down the aisle). Just to name a few of his oral attacks we can enjoy, because it is utterly enjoyable and he’s better than what one could expect. Musically this body of work is more rhytmical than you’d imagine and it’s embodied with lots of brass, latin-flavored guitars and thankfully not so much of that stiff rock posing which he’s been tampering with on the album prior to this. So all and all, dear old Moz, has found his course again, which means that the loveable, tiny cynic in me greets him with open arms, for this truly is one of Morrissey’s finest moment in many years.