Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Morrissey - Low in High School

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Morrissey - Low in High School

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Grade: B-

It is truly painful to criticise someone who greatly enrages the Guardian and the leftie music press, and has been doing so with enormous chutzpah for 25 years or more. Morrissey is of independent convictions, most of which depart from the facile, ovine virtue signalling required of pop musicians.

Take his long paean here to Israel, called, uh, 'Israel': 'The sky is dark for many others/ They want it dark for you as well'. The Guardian's reviewer moppet seethed. The NME just didn't mention it at all. Me, I'm with him all the way -- just as I am on Brexit, immigration, cruelty to animals and most of his other obsessions. It's just that the song, 'Israel', is kinda awful. Not the lyrics, which are literate, if somewhat portentous, but the musical treatment -- a piano-driven dirge, a grotesquely overwrought vocal and, crucially, not much of a tune. …

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