Not a lie as such but if you read most of the reviews without checking the ratings, you’d think they were talking about a four star album (fwiw I’d give ***, now I’ve had time to digest it and the peaks and troughs have coalesced into a homogeneous whole). It does feel as though they liked the record but didn’t want to admit to it because it was Morrissey.
some reviewers had made their mind up before they even heard the first note of MY LOVE.....vocals on this album are fantastic,say what you want about the record but nobody can deny mozzs voice is fantastic on this.
Maybe it’s the sweet corn in my ears, but I’m not hearing it. On closer listening, there is what sounds like a flugelhorn in the background, but it’s so subtle as to be almost unnoticeable. To be honest, I suspect Moz just laid it on as, good vegan that he is, he wanted some entertainment for the crickets. I’ll then grant you that there might be a single keyboard stab between the cricket chirping and the guitar noodling. And, I suppose, there are drums, too.
So yes, it’s not just one and a half minutes of crickets chirruping but the reviewer was just deploying his journalist skills in a rhetorical device. Given that the song he’s reviewing is a very heavy handed, and reductive character portrait-and possibly the one true misfire on the record-written by a wealthy ex-pat with a substantial property portfolio, I thought you might appreciate the irony.