Oh, Morrissey. So much to answer for.
The former Smiths ringleader and self-described “humansexual” released his twelfth solo studio album in May, a collection of covered songs from the 1960s and ‘70s backed by such names as Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Broken Social Scene’s...
Reviewer William Dart of New Horizons Radio New Zealand gives a mixed review of "California Son". I did like William talking about the mixed gender roles of Morrissey singer love songs from a female protagonist on the album. Review can be listened to online or downloaded.
Album review: Morrissey - California Son - Advertiser.ie
by Kernan Andrews
SUPPORTING BREXIT and UKIP, and making sympathetic comments about far-right figures have left Morrissey fans disgusted, in despair, and in denial - often, with long term fans like myself, feeling all three at...
"Still, keep annoying them, Steven."
Much as I admire Morrissey’s refusal to conform, I don’t much like his music - The Spectator
By Rod Liddle
His latest, California Sons, is an album of not terribly good songs
Rock stars who utter something a little gamey, something a tad right-wingish, are...
Armond White, always an interesting writer, with a typically provocative and fascinating in-depth reading of the album:
Morrissey’s California Son Makes Protest Music Personal - National Review
"Morrissey proves that what we used to think of as protest songs contain more than virtue-signaling...
A nice review of the album in one of the leading French (and leftist) culture magazines
De retour avec un album de reprises, le Moz fait entendre la beauté quasi immuable de sa voix...
By Libby Cudmore (28 May, 2019).
"I’ll admit, when I first heard the news of California Son’s pending arrival, I scoffed. I tried to resist the siren song of “Wedding Bell Blues,” telling myself that a cover with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong couldn’t possibly be good. And...
Biggest daily in Spain. Headline sums it up, "An Empty and Insubstantial Morrissey". Says the problem is not his political pronouncements, but rather that he "gives the cold shoulder" to those singers to whom he pays homage... "Morrissey is limited to being Moorrissey" Review generally much...
Just when you thought things could not get any more ridiculous, this one opens with a "trigger warning"!!
Let's get the trigger warning out of the way: despite being a collection of 12 new cover tracks, California Son is still a record by the individual known as Morrissey...
Part of a group review, but an interesting take nevertheless...
"His taste in selections is so impeccable that he cannot better the originals – nor does it sound...
Morrissey - California Son (rating: 5.9) - Pitchfork
By Ben Hewitt
Morrissey and some (barely audible) high-profile guests rework 12 of his favorite ’60s and ’70s songs by American artists to mixed results.
Morrissey, California Son, review: Album’s missteps might be forgiven if you could dissociate the music from the man.... The Independent (2 of 5 stars)
Can we listen to a new album from an old hero who’s broken our hearts? It seems not
By Helen Brown
Morrissey: California Son review ... The...
A mostly positive review in RS, by Kory Grow:
Morrissey’s Covers LP ‘California Son’ Shows Off His Golden Voice, Perplexing Politics (3.5 / 5 stars) - Rolling Stone
‘California Son’ features songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie. But what is Moz trying to say?
Review of the album in Variety that actually engages intelligently and articulately with the challenges of listening to Morrissey at this point in time.
Album Review: Morrissey’s ‘California Son’ - Variety
The quintessentially curmudgeonly British crooner and lyricist finds the crabbiness in...
Despite not being sent a copy to review, the Guardian has - of course! - reviewed the album anyway.
Morrissey: California Son review – clumsy covers with a troll-like spirit (1 of 5 stars) - The Guardian
In the words of Laura Snapes: "it is impossible to hear a number of the covers on...
ALBUM REVIEW: Morrissey shines on ‘California Son’ despite himself - RIFF Magazine
By David Gill
"For fans willing to look past Morrissey’s political incorrectness, California Son is more evidence that the singer’s talent shows no sign of waning."
Germans leading music magazine ‘musikexpress’ rated California Son (4.5/6)
Translation via google:
Morrissey California Son
André Boße 23.05.2019
Morrissey wants to save his ass. The man also needs that: how much love did...
Relationship status with Morrissey’s new covers album: It’s complicated - A.V. Club
By Josh Modell
tl/dr: "Without the baggage of his political views—which is where the letter grade on this review comes from—California Son would be a worthy addition to a mostly stellar catalog"
Morrissey - California Son (4 of 5 stars) - TONSPION
By Kerstin Kratochwill
German music website tonspion reviewed California Son.
Translation via google.
“Oh Morrissey: The beauty of the new cover versions have a flaw, because escaping into nostalgia can not just wipe away the presence of...