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oh you poor little fool,
This review is from: World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Audio CD)
"World peace is none of your business, you must not tamper with arrangements, work hard and sweetly pay your taxes, never asking what for, oh you poor little fool, oh you fool".
And with that, Morrissey shows he's lost none of his sardonic wit. The line comes from the title track to his new album which is also the first song; an ornate guitar ballad.
"Neal Cassady Drops Dead" is filled with sharp guitar stabs, fuzzy guitars, and a Spanish guitar solo. Beautiful, even if he does include the line "...babies full of rabies, rabies full of scabies, Scarlett has a fever... The little fella has got Rubella".
"I'm Not A Man" is a theatrical seven-minute ballad. Musically, "Istanbul" is reminiscent of The Smiths (about a father who identifies the body of his dead son), then throwing one off is the gorgeous Flamenco-driven "Earth Is The Loneliest Planet Of All".
Other standouts include the bouncy "Kiss Me A lot", the acoustic "Smiler With A Knife", "Kick The Bride Down The Aisle" (some of the titles are just as, or even more interesting than the music), and closing "Oboe Concerto".
The deluxe has six extra songs, including the lovely ballad "Scandinavia", "One Of Our Own" (with sprinklings of snarling guitar), and the upbeat pulsing "Art Hounds" (with a finger snap/horn intro).
I have to admit, he does sound tired and bereft of ideas on a few songs, but for the most part, he's on form.