"World Peace Is None Of Your Business:" Best Of 2014


I think it's been a little while since I placed a Morrissey album in my year end Top 10 list. As a quick precursor, I should mention that The Smiths and Morrissey have been favorites of mine for the last 25 years.

Loving him over the last ten years has been a bit harder, as the material and the man have become a more challenging (See MORRISSEY VS THE WORLD) like.

Morrissey's solo career has been hit or miss. I've liked most of his output to date, but when making a Best Of list, I need be honest with myself as a critic and not just a fan.

World Peace Is None Of Your Business was an incredible album harkening back to the days of Bona Drag.

At times I had to wonder if Moz had the boys in his band brush up on this earlier piece of work he crafted with famed producer/writer Stephen Street.

I could compare each song to a similar outing on Bona Drag, but I won't bore you. I will say that this record runs a close parallel.

I loved the bonus songs as well, though having a Standard and Deluxe Version really pissed me off. It's just another way to get more money out of the record purchasing public, which are very few anymore.

Morrissey and Harvest Records decided to add a second disc with six incredible songs that you must own. One song in particular, "Art Hounds," could be my favorite from either CD.

"Art Hounds"sees his writing at its most ignorant, yet most whimsical.

"Art-hounds in a restaurant/They bring along their loving Aunt/But when they can't find a table for their fat Aunt Mable."
They stamp their feet and cry."

With that type of writing it's hard not to laugh while singing along. More impressive though, is what he does vocally with the phrase "In European museums /Will I see you?/Will I see you?"

It's typical Moz. If you've never heard the Manchester mope, this album would be a good gateway.

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