1. My Hurling Days Are Done
2. Back on the Chain Gang
3. Oboe Concerto
4. Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?
6. Once I Saw the River Clean
7. Knockabout World
8. My Love, I’d Do Anything for You
9. Julie in the Weeds
10. Home is a Question Mark
1. My Hurling Days Are Done (masterful)
2. Bobby, Don't You Think They Know? (thrilling)
3. Once I Saw the River Clean (powerful)
4. Knockabout World (uplifting)
5. Darling, I Hug a Pillow (evocative)
6. What Kind of People Live in These Houses? (nostalgic)
7. I Am Not a Dog on a Chain...
My immediate observations-
Three new songs played- Jim Jim Falls (electronic and catchy, but with pretty unimaginative “please commit suicide” lyrics) and Once I Saw the River Clean (lyrics much more intriguing, references to a road in Manchester and an Irish grandmother).
Only other new song...
Like much of California Son, it's so overly bombastic, ridiculous, hilariously camp and cheesy (sax solo and all) that I sorta love it. That's not at all what I (or anyone) first listened to Morrissey for, but at least he's embracing the melodramatic old queen that he's become. Though Thelma...
No problemo. If you want to explore further, any of the last four albums are all superb but to provide a brief overview-
Day of the Dog- Supposedly intended as Ezra's last album, but instead became the one that launched their career in the UK. Mostly shorter tracks, great fun and lots of...
A Smiths song title presumably provided the inspiration for the headline of this article on Oswald Mosley's inclusion in the latest season of Peaky Blinders- This Charming Monster (no other reference to Morrissey within the article, if you were curious)