Louder Than War: IANADOAC review - 9 out of 10

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Updated with source of image (JC).
Text is very small, so transcribed it - punctuation (give or take some eye strain) as per the writer.
Regards,
FWD.

Transcribed by myself:

"He who cannot be mentioned is releasing an album. No, not Laurence Fox but Steven Patrick Morrissey, but he'd likely be as controversial on Question Time. If you hadn't noticed, he's a bit of a pariah around these parts. Banished by townsfolk to his LA apartment to think seriously about what he's done and consider before he speaks.
Like that will ever happen. He is a law unto himself and always has been. The dame is not for turning. Well except musically perhaps. Because this, his 13th album (unlucky for some) is quite the left turn.
Dear reader, this writer genuinely believed he'd pressed play on the wrong album because it arrived with a scatter gun synthetic drum beat and keyboard like an early Prodigy record but then in comes that oh so recognisable baritone on 'Jim Jim Falls'. As has become de rigueur, you could take his lyrics about suicide literally however he's never written solely from his own perspective. 'Love Is On Its Way Out' is a little more traditional latter Moz fare, naturally he talks about his favourite subject, animals, and in this case big game trophy hunting.
Lead single 'Bobby, Don't You Think They Know' with co-lead vocals from Mowtown legend Thelma Houston, is a little bloated but has gospel Charlatans-esque organ, roaring guitars and saxaphone.
The title track is perhaps the best thing on it, a sprawling effort, it begins with a verse that you can imagine being a musical number, the protagonist imploring that he's not a dog on a chain and he has his own brain.
Closing track 'My Hurling Days Are Done' harks back to The Smiths lyrical style, as does much of the record, sometimes abstract or metaphorical but with wit and sardonic forked tongue.
Looks can be deceiving but it would appear that Morrissey has gone full circle and returned to the point where his solo career was born, right in the middle of the electropop boom of the mid to late 80's.
The likelihood is that most people won't listen to this record on its merits and there are many, arguably his strongest collection in years. His voice is at its peerless best on his most interesting and diverse songs, possibly ever. Regardless of what you think about him, unless you're steeped in "cancel" culture, give this LP a go.
It will surprise you."


James Auton - Louder Than War.
 
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ACTON

Don't Leave Us In The Dark
Those reviewers were racists!
The album is racist!
Synthesizers are racist!
Dude was racist!

That's what's up!
Synthesisers are the spawn of the Daleks. That's a well known fact. They use dark magic juice electricity and sizzles when you pour holy water on it.

 

AztecCamera

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Banished by townsfolk to his LA apartment

Reckon shut the f*** up methed out, Burger King gorged, Nike wearing, fat, lazy, jealous foreigner! The California Son and the California Girl have a beautiful modest house in Malibu you dumbshit c*** tit tossey wacker in nn nnn nn nnnnnn n nn nnn n nnn nn nn it.
 

Hovis Lesley

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The voice isn't the problem...it's the middle of the road music...........where's the balls? Where's the power of Now my heart is full or You're gonna need someone on your side?


I’ve always found songs with an overwhelming emotional power on every LP: most recently Israel, but Mountjoy, Oboe Concerto, Carol, Skull, Dear God, I’m not Sorry and Camden are all (for me) equals to Now my Heart is Full.

Regarding balls, Neal Cassidy Drops Dead has a massive set, surely? And Bobby wasn’t exactly the last in the queue when God was handing out testicles.
 
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Carlislebaz

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I’ve always found songs with an overwhelming emotional power on every LP: most recently Israel, but Mountjoy, Oboe Concerto, Carol, Skull, Dear God, I’m not Sorry and Camden are all (for me) equals to Now my Heart is Full.

Regarding balls, Neal Cassidy Drops Dead has a massive set, surely? And Bobby wasn’t exactly the last in the queue when God was handing out testicles.
All day , well yesterday I had it’s over on in the car on repeat, I find this song the most powerful and emotional song ever by moz, vocals are , dare i say this, on par with Roy’s one of morrisseys greatest vocals ever... yes carol, skull, one of my faves, dear god....sorry and Camden, also.... there’s gonna be some trouble, horsehead hofmann is on the couch , again
 

Hovis Lesley

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I rate Roy Orbison, along with Frankie Valli, Robin Gibb and Teddy Pendergrass, as the peerless pop voices.

Morrissey set himself the tallest order covering It’s Over, and it fell short for me because the original is so totemic. But the song is a true power ballad.

My fave on California Son is Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow. I’m a massive jazz fan.

I’m trusting you share my obsession with George Melly, CazBaz?

The Hoff has been hard to please since he’s been off the booze.
 

Stephen Hofmann

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I’ve always found songs with an overwhelming emotional power on every LP: most recently Israel, but Mountjoy, Oboe Concerto, Carol, Skull, Dear God, I’m not Sorry and Camden are all (for me) equals to Now my Heart is Full.

Regarding balls, Neal Cassidy Drops Dead has a massive set, surely? And Bobby wasn’t exactly the last in the queue when God was handing out testicles.

Too many ballads in that list or mid-tempo numbers. Bobby's basically gay disco. It's hardly going to get the front rows of a gig knocking into each other.
 
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carlislebaz

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I rate Roy Orbison, along with Frankie Valli, Robin Gibb and Teddy Pendergrass, as the peerless pop voices.

Morrissey set himself the tallest order covering It’s Over, and it fell short for me because the original is so totemic. But the song is a true power ballad.

My fave on California Son is Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow. I’m a massive jazz fan.

I’m trusting you share my obsession with George Melly, CazBaz?

The Hoff has been hard to please since he’s been off the booze.
George melly, I’ve seen a couple of docs on him over the years, was he loud, proud, and out... for years then settled down with a younger woman and raised a family before his death.. unfortunately I’m not a jazz lover at at all,
 
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