The people he's had backing him for the last few years are shockingly bad. It's not just a matter of not liking their "style"; they're just not very good musicians and seem to have no ability in the songwriting department. The songs here (and on the last album and on, at least, half of Ringleader of the Tormentors) have NO TUNES.
Let's face it, though, Morrissey is the one to blame. He's the one who chooses to either accept or reject what's presented to him by these ham-fisted fuckwits.
Listening to these made me long for the days when he could come up with songs of the calibre of Journalists Who Lie.
Don't get me started on how bad the lyrics are.