Music Review: Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business

By Tony Nielsen

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Album cover for World Peace is None of Your Business.
Album cover for World Peace is None of Your Business.

Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business

Morrissey leaves no doubt that musically he remains a man of the 80s, and there's nothing wrong with that. This is a big-sounding album, replete with the full range of Morrissey's approach to expressing himself through music. It can be a challenge, as Morrissey fans well know, with his often bleak view of life and the world unashamedly laid bare for examination.

Morrissey's voice is unmistakable and the settings for the songs very much echo the 80s ethic, with a multi-instrumental band going all out to lay down a familiar backdrop for him.

Let's just say the lyrics are interesting as you'd expect from Morrissey. World Peace is None of Your Business sets the tone really, reflecting his often-stated desire to take on social commentary.

He's never been one for holding back on his views, either in song or in person. His testament to beat poet Neal Cassady follows. Earth is the Loneliest Planet delves into Morrissey's tendency to reflect his depressive personality but somehow works, while Kiss Me a Lot is pure emotional Morrissey and Kick the Bride Down the Aisle is a new classic. Yes, Morrissey can be pompous and overbearing, but right back to the days of the Smiths -- over 30 years ago now -- that was always evident. It's great that we get to explore a new set of Morrissey's music and World Peace is None of Your Business has a level of musicality that's better than many of his other nine solo albums.

- Northern Advocate

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