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 Morrissey, well, I’ve long since given up on him, now that he’s a racist sack of garbage who hasn’t had a good album since 2005’s passable You Are The Quarry.
I was wrong. I was so very wrong. California Son is good in the worst way, like when your blood enemy accidently makes a really valid point. I don’t want to love this album. But I do. It’s a fine return to form for Morrissey, never feeling like a cash grab or the test run for a casino residency."