POZ Review: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen

All hail the flustered messiah of the jaded world; the provocateur known as Morrissey has returned after five years of veganism, celibacy, or whatever prevented him from releasing new music. I write this as only Morrissey would see fit to take his persona and music, with a dash of cynicism. It’s been a rocky year for the one they call Moz; several ailments have crippled multiple tours but with last year’s release of his autobiography his profile has raised once more. His tenth studio album, World Peace is None of Your Business, serves as one of his most musically diverse records to date that doesn’t sway far from the usual lyrical content but puts into perspective how aware the man sees his popularity and persona in the modern world.
 
The title track cuts to the heart of its subject, declaring the mission statement of all government to be of police brutality and taxing the common man to his lowest economic abilities. “You poor little fool” he croons to his masses making what one would assume is a State of the World declaration to his listeners who wouldn’t expect anything less of him. It’s a cautionary track masked with a grand build up clanging like church bells with the help of his longtime band. It’s wonderful to see his crew take such a giant leap in sound often possessing either a Latin or Middle Eastern sound to back up often gut cutting riffs and louder-than-bombs drums.
 
“Neal Cassady Drops Dead” features some of the grittiest guitars in Morrissey’s discography with a flavor for the samba, peppering a tale of Allen Ginsberg wallowing over the body of his lover. As hard hitting as it tends to be his world is more down in the dumps than usual and while World Peace… leaps and segues from track to track perfectly it is often slow moving and lacks the pep of his last effort, 2009’s “Years of Refusal.” However there is a certain glow of love still present as on “Kiss Me a Lot” a track whose inspired emotions would have fit perfectly early on in his solo career. “Staircase at the University” is another track that is reminiscent of his past work, with a tale of a student pressured into good grades committing suicide assisted by glowing background music that is giddy with Top 40 style.

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Morrissey Debuts “Kick The Bride Down The Aisle”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2014

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Morrissey is prepping the release of World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Check out a live video of “Kick The Bride Down The Aisle” below after the jump.

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Morrissey Cancels Remainder Of Arena Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 10, 2014

Morrissey has been forced to cancel the remainder of his US arena tour after continued respiratory problems. Read a memo from Morrissey below after the jump.

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Morrissey Postpones More Shows Due To Doctor’s Wishes

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 10, 2014

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Morrissey has ended up postponing his shows in Baltimore and Washington due to doctor’s orders. See the remaining dates below after the jump.

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Morrissey And Pamela Anderson Team Up For “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 4, 2014

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Morrissey and Pamela Anderson have teamed up for a spoken word “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet” video. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Morrissey Streams New Song “Istanbul”

by Zack Zarrillo - May 21, 2014

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Morrissey has released a new song called World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Stream “Istanbul” below after the jump.

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Morrissey ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ Album Trailer

by Zack Zarrillo - May 15, 2014

Morrissey has released a promo trailer for World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Morrissey Streams Title Track “World Peace Is None Of Your Business”

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

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Morrissey is leading off World Peace Is None Of Your Business with its title track. Stream the song below after the jump.

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Morrissey ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ Deluxe Track Listing

by Zack Zarrillo - May 13, 2014

Morrissey will be releasing a deluxe version of World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Check out extra track listing with six more songs below after the jump.

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Morrissey Debuts Three New Songs

by Zack Zarrillo - May 9, 2014

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Morrissey has been playing three new songs from World Peace Is None Of Your Business live. Check out the videos below after the jump.

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Morrissey Knocked Down By Fans Who Rush Stage

by Zack Zarrillo - May 9, 2014

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Morrissey had fans storm his stage in San Jose recently, which resulted in him being knocked down and having his set cut short. Watch the brief video clip form the incident below after the jump.

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Morrissey To Release Three Singles In Next Month

by Zack Zarrillo - May 6, 2014

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Morrissey will be releasing three singles from World Peace Is None Of Your Business over the next month. Check out the titles and dates below after the jump.

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Morrissey ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ Album Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 11, 2014

Morrissey will be releasing World Peace Is None Your Business this coming July. Check out the track listing below after the jump.

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Morrissey Announces New Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2014

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Morrissey has finally announced that his long awaited album, World Peace Is None Your Business, will be getting a summer release date. The album was first announced in January, alongside his signing to Harvest Records. Check out dates for Morrissey’s upcoming tour below after the jump.

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