New Morrissey album, "Low in High-School"

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  1. DwarfMcDougal

    DwarfMcDougal Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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  2. Pim

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    Awesome. Did not see that coming.
     
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  3. tcbtcb

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    Interesting!
     
  4. stagnation

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    Great stuff. No wonder he has being so pro-active with the "The Queen Is Dead" reissue :D
     
  5. gohill

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    My wife will be pleased as she is a fanatical fan (although she did admit his novel was awful so it must have been bad).

    Thought his last album 'World Peace...' was pretty good so it is good that he has managed to find another record company willing to take a chance on him, despite many previous ones being burned by his mercurial personality. He is always threatening his last album or gigs over here. Was at one of his 2 supposedly" last UK shows ever" at Hammersmith Apollo in 2015 and lo and behold me and my wife were at the Manchester Arena last August seeing him again. Always a good live performer and the last record was still very decent. His recent tedious, bilious and jaundiced public proclamations notwithstanding (we can't get into that on here), I am glad he is bringing another album out. The title is a bit juvenile for a man of his age, but I will await this with an open mind. His band are for the most part pretty decent and not the notorious pub rock plodders of yore, so this might be good like the last one. I am not expecting him to recover the sterling close to Smiths like form of 'Your Arsenal' and 'Vauxhall And I', but if he can match the last one it will be welcome. I hope it is not another 'Maladjusted' or a lightweight mediocrity like most of 'Years Of Refusal' but I think he has some mileage left as a singer and performer so I welcome this.
     
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  6. stagnation

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    I was at that gig in Manchester too, had to believe its a little over a year ago. I saw him at Hull Arena just after the album came out and was disappointed that he used the exact the same show in Manchester even though it was over a year apart. Would be nice for him throw in a few more "hits" when in his home town but hey that's morrissey for you.
     
  7. joe1320

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    Wonder how long this relationship will last before they record company are the worst in the world
     
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  8. dtuck90

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    Surprised by this announcement. Can't wait to see how this label "sabotages" the release
     
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  9. DwarfMcDougal

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  10. beasandpeans

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    Last album was great.
     
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  11. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Wrong left turn, very bad mindset.

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    Signed to BMG now. Let's hope he doesn't blow it.
     
  12. AFOS

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    Inspired to check out Morrissey's chart history and amazed that he had so many hits. 32 top 40 (10 of those top 10)

    What is the best singles collection?
     
  13. Pim

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    There's no complete overview. Every collection so far misses essential stuff. Probably due to all the label switching. I'd get the "Singles 1988-1991" 3-CD set if I were you.
     
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  14. DrBeatle

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    This was a pleasant surprise! World Peace was a very good album, so hopefully he can keep that momentum going.
     
  15. JohnBR

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    That is a phenomenal collection!
     
  16. AFOS

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    A good amount of B-sides it would seem - will check it out. I already own Bona Drag which I think is mainly singles from the same era.
     
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  17. Man at C&A

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    Hopefully he'll be inspired. World Peace was the first Morrissey album I didn't like a single song from. It stank!
     
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  18. Man at C&A

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    There's some essential stuff on the 3cd set and it goes a lot further, up till 1995. But Bona Drag works very well as an album.

    Disc one of the three CD set does work well as an expanded Bona Drag.
     
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  19. stagnation

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    Echoing what others have said - the 3CD Set is a great introduction. You could also follow it up with the "Greatest Hits" which does have a few crossover singles but also covers the later period.
     
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  20. Jim B.

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    Not sure about the 'US' title - 'High-School'?

    Anyway, I said in the other thread that there would always be someone who would take a chance as he is a rare talent.
     
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  21. Man at C&A

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    I'll never write Morrissey off, but he has gone significantly downhill since Alain Whyte left and Jesse Tobias came in. His last album totally lacked subtlety and strong melodies. Lyrically it was humourless and charmless. I say this as a constant fan since the Smiths so I hope he's found some musical and lyrical inspiration from somewhere. I also hope he goes for a more subtle, less big sounding production.
     
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  22. AFOS

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    High School here as well. What's the UK equivalent?
     
  23. George P

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    :agree:
     
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  24. Man at C&A

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    College or sixth form. Or at least they were when I went.
     
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  25. MagneticNorthpaw

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    This seems contradictory, as two of the chief "notorious pub rock plodders" (Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer) were responsible for 90% of the songs on the albums you name check (two co-writes by Mark Nevin excepted). Jonny Bridgwood and Gary Day were very talented bass players. Woodie Taylor added the brushed restraint to the percussion on Vauxhall. Spencer Cobrin may have started as the "weak link," but he improved steadily with each release and became a respectable composer during the Maladjusted period.

    Frankly, in total, I haven't found Jesse Tobias to be a patch on either Whyte or Boorer in the composition department and his guitar playing is not to my taste. I thought the lion's share of the best songs on the last album were Boorer co-writes, but, to my ears, there was a paucity of really great songs. Gustavo Manzur is a very talented musician, but I hope Morrissey reins in the urge to daub flamenco guitar workouts everywhere.

    I am betting that BMG is gambling on the Christmas market having a dearth of new releases to compete for chart action. However, this is traditionally a time for compilations, catalog purchases and special holiday releases so Morrissey's album may very well be facing stiff headwinds. The question is whether Morrissey will be able to restrain himself from commenting early and abruptly on any perceived "failure" on BMG's part. His tendency to rain recriminations on his record company/distributor hit a new land speed record with World Peace. Between that and his ill-advised pandering for a re-release of "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" after the Bataclan attack, I'm actually surprised that a major took a flier on him again.
     
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