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Low in High School

Album: Low in High School
# Song Title   Time
1)    My Love, I'd Do Anything for You
2)    I Wish You Lonely
3)    Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage
4)    Home Is a Question Mark
5)    Spent the Day in Bed
6)    I Bury the Living
7)    In Your Lap
8)    Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel, The
9)    All the Young People Must Fall in Love
10)    When You Open Your Legs
11)    Who Will Protect Us From the Police?
12)    Israel
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jesse Tobias, Boz Boorer (guitar); Songa Lee, Kathleen Sloan (violin); Erik Arvinder (viola); Andy Martin, Fred Simmons (trombone); Gustavo Manzur (keyboards, background vocals); Matt Walker (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Maxime Le Guil.
  • Recording information: Forum Music Village, Rome, Italy; La Fabrique, St. Remy, France; Sunset Sound, Los Angeles.
  • Photographers: Tony Molina ; Jim Dyson.
  • In the years following the 2014 release of World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey's ornery contrarianism curdled. Once he embraced Brexit and flirted with xenophobia, he began to shed fans, including such prominent musical acolytes as Gene's Martin Rossiter. Defiant as always, Morrissey leans into these criticisms on 2017's Low in High School, populating the album with swipes at the mainstream media and contrived news -- words that deliberately echo arguments emanating from the right wing in both the U.S. and the U.K. Despite this, it can't be said that Morrissey is a newborn cultural conservative, not with an anthem that asks "Who Will Protect Us from the Police," the antiwar "I Bury the Living," and a host of carnal imagery that dredges up memories of how poorly he wrote about sex on his 2015 novel List of the Lost. All of these provocations are hard to ignore, as is the fact that Low in High School is one of Morrissey's most musically adventurous records. Opening with the churning, horn-spiked "My Love, I'd Do Anything for You," Low in High School touches upon several familiar Morrissey obsessions -- there's prog and glam alongside Smiths-ian jangle -- but the album also serves up swinging continental jazz, clomping electronics, drum circles, and even a feint at disco. None of these choices seem to stem from lyrical content, which means that Low in High School can seem as aurally conflicted as it is politically, and that may be an appropriate look for Morrissey in 2017: he's opted for a mad world of his own creation and doesn't much care whether his fans follow or not. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "As philosophical alt-rock standup goes, the man is still peerless."
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