Morrissey – World Peace is None of Your Business
A review of the new Morrissey record on a hardcore site? Of course, the principles of the man are true to our scene. Or should it be the other way round?
World Peace is None of Your Business tends to follow the previous three records. 2004’s You Are the Quarry saw him launched into a new phase of stardom, attracting a younger generation of fans and the new songs fit very well into his back catalogue. The four singles released prior to the album showcase his versatile talent very well. All four deal with his world view that is predominantly critical of politics (‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’) and animal rights (‘The Bullfighter Dies’) while also having a very typical kind of humor (‘Earth Is the Loneliest Planet’) and very different musical arrangements (‘Istanbul’).
The one downside to this record are those arrangements however, new member of the band Gustavo Manzur does make the album more colorful than the sometimes suppressed sounding Years of Refusal but on the other hand, his musical cannonade sometimes tramples the vocal delivery and poetical intentions of Morrissey. Sometimes his poetical intentions also fall flat, I would have expected more than the chorus of ‘Kiss me Alot’ but these are just minor points of critique.
World Peace is None of Your Business will not turn Morrissey haters into lovers. It did leave him without label pretty fast. But the quality has not taken a turn for the worse so I can give a warm recommendation, even if the man is such a intolerable to most.