Friday 11th July - the date the album's critical fate will be decided

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Anonymous

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Friday's the day when we will know (pretty much for certain) whether the album will be a big critical success in the UK at least.
Why Friday? It's the day when all the national newspapers publish their reviews of albums released the following Monday.
World Peace has done pretty well in the big music mags (4 stars in each) but they need to stay on reasonable terms with Morrissey as music is their bread and butter.
The newspapers don't have that requirement and can therefore be much more honest - it makes very little difference whether or not Morrissey grants them an interview, as music is just a tiny part of what they do.
If most of them give the album 4 stars (8/10) or more, there's a good chance it'll be considered a large critical success with potential for Brit awards, Mercury nominations, high placements in end-of-year polls etc.
If they mainly go for 3 stars (6/10), it'll just go down as another reasonably good late-period Morrissey album.
Obviously, many of us have heard the album now, and we've already read lots of reviews. It's possible the papers could go for anything between 6 and 9 out of 10. Lower score if they focus on some of the awful lyrics (regrettably exemplified in the worst-song-on-the-album lyrical cringe-fest of a title track), higher scores if they focus on the singing and the (relative) musical adventurousness.
Either way, the critical fate of the album will be known in just 3 days' time...
 

marred

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Re: Friday 11th July - the date the album's critical fate will be decided...

It also comes out in stores here on Friday...
 

fredkocherpepsi

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Re: Friday 11th July - the date the album's critical fate will be decided...

Critically it’s been getting good reviews. Fan wise (outside of this forum)...not so much.
 
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Here we go, folks.
The big UK newspaper interviews are beginning to appear. These will determine, to a large extent, the album's critical fate.
First off it's the Guardian, reviewed by long-term Moz super-fan turned nemesis Alex Petroleum. He loved the Smiths to death but has been pretty critical of the post comeback albums. None has received more than 3 stars.
For World Peace he awards ... (drum roll!) 4 stars!
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/10/morrissey-world-peace-is-none-of-your-business-review
 
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