World Peace is None of Your Business
Morrissey returns to the music scene with a versified manifesto 'World Peace is None of Your Business'. Poet, rights advocate, voice for the downtrodden and those who cannot speak, the former The Smiths front man stays an expected course and with his familiar trenchant grace uses the reach of his voice to pound the pious, out injustices, laud the rights of animals, and malign sex over love in the course of twelve tracks each more multifarious than the last, yet always mindful of who and why he is one of the most influential living music legends.
Full disclosure, it is increasingly difficult for this writer to find much wrong with anything Morrissey does. As a teenager his music so coincidentally spoke to those moments of my life, it not only changed it, but steered it in a direction which likely saved it more that a few times over. The power of one person singing their life can change the world. Morrissey has done this countless times over. So with every album played to death, countless live shows seen, I once in an extremely rare fanatical moment, followed his tour bus hundreds of miles from one show to his hotel on the next tour stop and stalked the lobby for a day in the hopes of meeting him. My sanity personally questioned, this wild act paid off and in the most nervous and awkward moments recorded in human history, I had my audience with the man himself.
To that, for better or worse, it becomes increasingly difficult to be over critical of any release he offers with a looming talk of retirement and a string of canceled tours. I find myself rather thankful for each and every new bit of music. This is not to say that every track on the new album is audio gold, but there are far more gems than coal to mine from it. The pounding 'Neal Cassady Drops Dead', the upbeat yet mournful 'Staircase at the University', and the stunning 'Istanbul' shine above the lot, though every track reminds me without questions why I remain an unwavering appreciator and am still thankful for all things Moz.