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Morrissey banned. Let the book burning's begin..

Spillers Records bans Morrissey music over his support for the far right - Wales Online
The world's oldest record store said it was 'saddened but not surprised'


The world's oldest record store Spillers Records in Cardiff has banned Morrissey records from its store.

The shop, in Morgan Arcade, is refusing to stock the singer's releases because of his continued support for the far-right.

However, one place you won't be able to buy the album is Cardiff's much loved independent record shop Spillers.

Ashli Todd, the owner of Spillers said: "I'm saddened but ultimately not surprised that Spillers is unable to stock Morrissey’s releases any longer. I only wished I’d done it sooner.”...
Reads more like a 4/5 ending:
"Moreover, he seems energised by it all. The interpretations are for the most part sensitive, distinctively his own, and in a couple of cases — Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Suffer The Little Children (an intentional Smiths echo); Lenny’s Tune by Tim Hardin — approach the definitive. It seems to have done Morrissey a rare power of good to deal, for a change, with things he actually likes. "

It's the second review here after The Waterboys - (3 of 5 stars)

By David Bennun
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

A brief mention of politics in relation to the songs but only a line or so. The only part I disagree with outright is when he says morrisseys flag is firmly in the past and that the songs don’t relate to today’s issues. I think for the most part we’re still arguing the same issues that dominated the late sixties early seventies. Dylan’s song is especially relevant. Enjoy
Morrissey, California Son, review: has the once proud Mancunian swapped allegiances? (4 of 5 stars) - The Telegraph
By Neil McCormick

It's mainly behind the paywall except:
“Some say I got devil / Some say I’m an angel / But I’m just someone in trouble,” croons Morrissey, as if entering the increasingly heated debate about his polarising personality. The words, though, are not his own.
An atmospherically orchestrated interpretation of Some Say I Got Devil by neglected American singer-songwriter Melanie provides a brooding finale to Morrissey’s sumptuous 12th solo album, California Son, the first in his career entirely comprised of cover versions.
Morrissey: California Son review – Covers album for fans only, and Moz himself (3 of 5 stars) - The Irish Times
By Lauren Murphy

Another review, this one somewhere in the middle. It starts thus:

"Even for many die-hard fans, Morrissey is not the artist he once was. That has less to do with his music and more to do with the baffling oscillation of his political compass, so perhaps it’s just as well that there is no new album of original songs to decipher and analyse. Instead, a long-awaited collection of covers comprises his 12th studio album."
Happy Birthday Morrissey!

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Article on German website

Steven Patrick Morrissey wird 60: Irgendwo zwischen Genie und Provokateur (German)
Steven Patrick Morrissey turns 60: Somewhere between genius and provocateur (English - Google translation)

Links posted by Famous when dead:


NB: UK offer, not seen on US yet.

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The record player is available separately in the UK.
Review: Morrissey offers 12 covers, with very mixed results - AP


Morrissey delivers a dozen covers on his new album, “California Sun,” which reimagines works by such masters as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon as well as more obscure musicians.

It’s a bold move by the former Smiths singer, a sonic face-off against some of music’s giants. It deserves to be taken song by song and scored like a boxing bout over 12 rounds.

Who’s ready to rumble?