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Morrissey..........an Artist.....a Man Alone,
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This review is from: World Peace Is None Of Your Business (Audio CD)
I've listened to this for a week now and I love it. It's almost as good as "Ringleader of the Tormentors" and in some ways better. His vocals are as strong and clear as ever and the band brings it......this may be his best produced album yet. Excellent instrumentals and support. It's got a kinda "Spanish Tinge" as Tom Waits would say. The theme and color of the whole project reminds me of Waits' last album, "Bad as Me" but much darker and more sardonic. Artistic references abound, from the Beats to popular and obscure comedians to Tennessee Williams and more.....But this is Morrissey's show all the way. Even with all of the great support he gets on this album, the focus is still on him......His vision is so strong on this album it took me several listens to get it...but it is worth it.
What can you say about the subject matter?....Human coercion, manipulation, brutality, violence and destruction of other humans, animals and of course our own environment.... as well as fear and confusion over Death.....In the middle of the madness of life we look for love and need it.... one way or another. This is a very philosophical and powerful statement that Morrissey and many other artists have explored and he has his own unique approach. The horrifying human screams at the end of "I'm Not a Man" is an incredible ending to one of his best songs from his perspective. Some critics may not like his political opinions or his stance for animals......they don't have to. Like I said, this is his perspective.....He's not a man or an artist in any ordinary manner.
I like every song on this album, don't really have a favorite. The songs are sequenced well with great sound effects throughout. Oboe Concerto is a perfect ending to an amazing work. My wife and I saw Morrissey a couple of months ago in Florida. He did a few songs off of this album. One of the most powerful shows we've ever seen.....He and the band couldn't have performed any better. He gave it everything he had.....
Like Morrissey, (and probably you as well) we try to keep up with current and world wide events and the picture is grim, but Morrissey is not defeated. This is Morrissey's take on life..... on this planet....a damn good album. Better than that...it's a Morrissey masterpiece. If you have ever been a fan of his work, you need to get this and give it a good listen....I have all of his work and in my opinion, this rivals everything he has ever done. The power of this grows and grows......
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Initial post: Jul 19, 2014 6:09:23 AM PDT
John Z. says:
I agree 100%. With each listen I discover something new.
Posted on Nov 29, 2015 5:24:32 PM PST
Fieval Years says:
keene, how have you been my friend?...I always love your review!!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2015 4:51:08 AM PST
Hey Fieval Years....been good here. Still working , and listening to good music. How are you? Are you a Morrissey fan?
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