Official reviews of 'Spent the Day in Bed'

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  1. Maurice E Maher

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    Stephen Street (in a tweet)
    Got to say, I really like the new #morrissey single! Good work all involved

    Stuart Maconie 6 Music
    (comment after playing the song on his show)
    “I absolutely loved that. It’s becoming, you know, hugely unfashionable to say you like anything that Moz does but that is great. “

    Daily Telegraph – “Morrissey's new single, Spent The Day in Bed, shows we should be excited about his next album. Spent The Day in Bed was unveiled this morning on BBC 6 Music. It boasted a vintage Morrissey construction in its flowing, easygoing melody over an urgent rhythm section, although with a fresh energy to the arrangement. There was no sense of reaching back towards the sparkling indie guitars of The Smiths. Instead, this single was constructed around a fast, almost Baroque keyboard line and pyschedelic rhythm guitar, with Morrissey casually bossing the vocal line.

    Morrissey recalled Philip Larkin through tongue-in-cheek attention to the humdrum details of ordinary lives. But the iconic singer revelled in the joys of taking a sneaky duvet day and used it as a springboard to address a bigger point with a chorus that advises all his “friends” to switch off from our world of incessant news: “The news contrives to frighten you / To make you feel small and alone / To make you feel that your mind isn't your own.”

    All of this is delivered with typical bluff northern charm, carrying on to a coda constructed from recurring Morrissey motifs evoking the dreary commuter existence you might escape by staying under the covers: “no bus, no boss, no rain, no train.” It is a delightful and funny, philosophical little gem that bodes well for his return.

    Morrissey has been recording in Ennio Morricone's studio in Rome Last week, at the Mercury Awards, I ran into a record executive who helped set it up, and he was raving about it. He called it the best solo album of Morrissey's career. That has got to be worth getting out of bed for.”
    www.telegraph.co.uk/music/what-to-listen-to/morrisseys-new-single-spent-day-bed-shows-should-excited-next/

    The Times – “The new single is funny, maudlin, slightly ridiculous and has the kind of rebellious outsider spirit that made us fall for him in the first place.

    Well this is a surprise. Morrissey has spent a decade doing everything he could to denigrate his once impeccable legacy: using much of his autobiography to settle petty scores with a high-court judge; writing an unreadably pretentious novel; and burning his bridges at one record company after another. After that, nobody could reasonably expect him to come back with a half-decent song. Yet here he is with Spent the Day in Bed, which is funny, maudlin, slightly ridiculous and imbued with the kind of rebellious outsider spirit that made us fall for him in the first place. It has a pretty good tune too.

    Beginning with a delicate, almost baroque electronic piano and a handful of squeaky retro-futuristic synthesizer bleeps, Morrissey makes the case for…” (rest of review behind the paywall)
    www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pop-review-morrissey-spent-the-day-in-bed-dvxdfldhj

    The Guardian - Backed by chirpy organ and strummed guitars, it’s a typically existentialist, Eeyoreish song from the former Smiths singer, in which he rejects the “emasculation” and “castration” of the rat race, instead recommending that you stay in bed and ignore the news, “because the news contrives to frighten you / to make you feel small and alone / to make you feel that your mind isn’t your own”.
    www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/19/morrissey-new-single-spent-the-day-in-bed

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    1. Old Mathew
      Old Mathew
      NPR - "Spent The Day In Bed" is an electric piano boogie whirred to life by strings, the recognizably Smiths-y guitar tone and... DJ scratching? Presumably a funky jaunt in the name self-care ("Be good to yourself for once!"), Moz can't help but point the blame for the world's ills on someone or something, so as a bigmouth who likes to generate news, "I recommend that you stop watching the news / Because the news contrives to frighten you / To make you feel small and alone / To make you feel that your mind isn't your own."
      http://www.npr.org/sections/allsong...ssey-gave-up-on-the-news-spent-the-day-in-bed

      Rolling Stone -
      Morrissey prescribes his listeners a day under the covers with the television off as a way of combating life's anxieties. "Spent the day in bed, very happy I did," he sings over a cheerful electric keyboard riff and firm backbeat. "I recommend that you stop watching the news/ Because the news contrives to frighten you/ To make you feel small and alone."

      After taking shots at the media, Morrissey morphs into a well-meaning therapist. "There's nothing wrong with being good to yourself/ Be good to yourself for once: no bus, no boss, no rain, no train."
      http://www.rollingstone.com/music/n...ardonic-new-song-spent-the-day-in-bed-w504169
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    2. George the 23rd
      George the 23rd
      Pitchfork- There’s a good idea for a Morrissey song somewhere in “Spent the Day in Bed.” Its title, which he has somehow not used yet, leads to a few cozy, breezy quotables: “In sheets for which I paid,” he sings, “I am now laid.” But the music surrounding him is lumbering and tasteless. There’s an electronic symphony of squelching synths—the type of pseudo-futuristic sound his peers were exploring in the 1990s, while Moz was cranking up the guitars and doubling his track lengths on Southpaw Grammar. “Time, do as I wish,” he commands, before a low-end wobble that sounds like a turntable scratch enters the mix. Time, sadly, does not abide.

      The song’s message about finding small comforts in your day-to-day life while you still can, however, does feel somewhat novel. Ignoring Morrissey’s tone-deaf pleas for tuning out the news, his gestures toward positivity feel like a stab at maturity from the 58-year-old artist who has historically preached hopelessness, solitude, and vegetarianism above basic self-preservation. At one point, he even gives a rare shout-out to all his friends, offering advice so that they might, one day, be as content as Morrissey has apparently become. A good way we can all start is by listening to a better Morrissey song.
      https://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/morrissey-spent-the-day-in-bed/
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    3. Famous when dead
      Famous when dead
      Manchester Evening News:
      Morrissey fans react to new single Spent the Day in Bed as he reveals full album tracklisting for Low in High-School.

      Excerpt:
      "In classic Moz fashion, the lyrics are a big middle finger up to the establishment as he describes enjoying a duvet day 'as the workers stay enslaved', with 'no bus, no boss, no rain, no train' to trouble him.

      He also criticises the media in the chorus, in which he sings: "And I recommend that you stop watching the news because the news contrives to frighten you, to make you feel small and alone, to make you feel that your mind isn't your own."

      Julie Hamill, who organises the annual MozArmy fan gathering in Manchester, said: "First impressions are very strong, I love some of the lines in it, ‘all of my dreams are perfectly legal’.

      "Morrissey can always be relied upon to deliver a good political punch via a ton of wit. Why bother getting out of bed, the news is rubbish - he’s right. The song is funny with a catchy tune and I’d imagine will be very popular. Long may he reign as most unique artist of his lifetime."


      http://www.manchestereveningnews.co...-news/morrissey-single-spent-day-bed-13640585

      The L.A. Times:
      Morrissey's new song, 'Spent the Day in Bed,' has some sage advice for our troubled times.

      Excerpt:
      "Spent the Day in Bed" is the new single from his forthcoming album, "Low in High School," and its electric piano-driven riff is a bit of a departure from his usual palette.

      It also has some useful advice for staying sane in these trying times: "Stop watching the news / Because the news contrives to frighten you / To make you feel small and alone / To make you feel that your mind isn't your own."

      Moz, a recent Twitter convert, also detailed the album art and tracklisting for "Low in High School," which includes the volatile single "Who Will Protect Us From the Police?"


      http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...es-new-single-spent-1505838276-htmlstory.html

      KTEP (El Paso):
      Morrissey Gave Up On The News, 'Spent The Day In Bed.'

      Excerpt:
      "Spent The Day In Bed" is an electric piano boogie whirred to life by strings, the recognizably Smiths-y guitar tone and... DJ scratching? Presumably a funky jaunt in the name self-care ("Be good to yourself for once!"), Moz can't help but point the blame for the world's ills on someone or something, so as a bigmouth who likes to generate news, "I recommend that you stop watching the news / Because the news contrives to frighten you / To make you feel small and alone / To make you feel that your mind isn't your own."

      http://ktep.org/post/morrissey-gave-news-spent-day-bed

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      FWD.
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    4. Mozbra
      Mozbra

      Here's the complete one from The Times

      ★★★★☆
      Well this is a surprise. Morrissey has spent a decade doing everything he could to denigrate his once impeccable legacy: using much of his autobiography to settle petty scores with a high-court judge; writing an unreadably pretentious novel; and burning his bridges at one record company after another. After that, nobody could reasonably expect him to come back with a half-decent song. Yet here he is with Spent the Day in Bed, which is funny, maudlin, slightly ridiculous and imbued with the kind of rebellious outsider spirit that made us fall for him in the first place. It has a pretty good tune too.

      Beginning with a delicate, almost baroque electronic piano and a handful of squeaky retro-futuristic synthesizer bleeps, Morrissey makes the case for a lifestyle choice that attacks nothing less than the Protestant work ethic: pulling up the covers and doing nothing. “As the workers stayed and slaved, I spent the day in bed,” he sings unapologetically before recommending that we all stop watching the news, “because the news contrives to frighten you. To make you feel small and alone, to make you feel that your mind isn’t your own.”

      This is a brave and commendable blow against modern values. We are all meant to be not only fully informed on all global affairs, but to have strong opinions on them — whether real news or fake — which we then must share with as many people as possible. Morrissey is making a case for living within and strengthening your interior world, if only for a day, instead of being forever shaped by exterior affairs you cannot change. “There’s nothing wrong with being good to yourself,” he posits. How right he is.

      My only criticism of Morrissey’s song is that it’s over too soon. Just like a day in bed.



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      What a glorious review....so spot on...
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    5. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Rupert Murdoch is a fan. What a relief.
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    6. countthree
      countthree
      Spanish:

      TN (La Viola) Argentina
      Ya podés escuchar lo nuevo de Morrissey
      "Spent The Day In Bed" es el corte de Low In High School, el esperado trabajo del excantante de The Smiths.


      ABC España
      Escucha lo nuevo de Morrissey: «Spent the day in bed»
      El tema es un anticipo del que será su primer disco en tres años, «Low In High School», a la venta el 17 de noviembre


      Informador México
      Morrissey lanza su nuevo sencillo 'Spent the day in bed'
      El álbum 'Low In High School' será publicado el 17 de noviembre

      La Tercera Chile

      Morrissey estrena “Spent the day in bed”
      La canción forma parte del nuevo disco del cantante británico "Low in High School" que saldrá a la venta el próximo 17 de noviembre.

      GQ México
      Noticias falsas y días de ocio: lo nuevo de Morrissey
      La primera canción del álbum Low in High-School es una oda a perder el tiempo.


      More articles:

      http://www.diariouno.com.ar/musica/morrissey-dio-conocer-spent-the-day-in-bed-20170919-n1472719.html

      http://www.concierto.cl/2017/09/morrissey-estrena-spent-the-day-in-bed-primer-single-nuevo-disco/

      http://www.chilango.com/musica/morrisey-nueva-rola-disco/

      http://www.losandes.com.ar/article/morrissey-estreno-su-nueva-cancion-spent-the-day-in-bed

      https://www.am.com.mx/2017/09/19/espectaculos/este-cantante-estreno-cancion-y-apenas-twitter-375888

      https://www.radionica.rocks/noticias/morrisey-esta-de-vuelta-con-spent-day-in-bed

      http://www.indiehoy.com/canciones/m...er-adelanto-nuevo-disco-spent-the-day-in-bed/

      http://www.freim.tv/morrissey-estrena-spent-the-day-in-bed-nuevo-sencillo/

      http://oirmortales.infonews.com/nota/310558/escucha-spent-the-day-in-bed-lo

      http://www.telehit.com/noticias/morrissey-le-canta-la-pereza-se-olvida-la-realidad/

      http://www.quarterrockpress.com/index.php/news/item/11561-morrissey-estrena-spent-the-day-in-bed

      http://www.sopitas.com/796285-morrissey-spent-the-day-in-bed/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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    7. Vegan
      Vegan
      Naw. All those professional critics' opinions mean nothing. The opinion of this site's hatebots is the gospel.
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    8. Ketamine Sun
      Ketamine Sun
      just watched that video, you got a different song over there. You do know this is not the new M song?
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    9. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Critics'
    10. Vegan
      Vegan
      [​IMG]
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    11. Quando quando quando
      Quando quando quando
      So Tue.
      Why do I always hear the false notes in that gospel?
      They can't sing. That's why. :thumb:
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    12. countthree
      countthree
      Yes, I posted it for the written news, they never said it's his new song. Anyway, I'll delete it because a lot of people here don't understand Spanish. Thanks.
    13. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      I love that you actually went back and corrected it.

      Thank you for your co-operation in this matter :)
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    14. Vegan
      Vegan
      I knew how important it was to you. I'm a lover not a fighter. ;)
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    15. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Yay :)

      Thank you and goodnight; my work here is done.
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    16. Quando quando quando
      Quando quando quando
      You're going to spend the day in bed eh, listening to that song. ;)
      Admit it.
      Just kidding.
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    17. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      The reviews are more than favourable, however, I don't think the song deserves it. It's very forgettable and weak. I don't feel any passion at all.
      Sorry, Morrissey.
    18. Ketamine Sun
      Ketamine Sun
      no leave your post. I was only joking. :)
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    19. Vegan
      Vegan
      I've done what Moz recommends many times. Just me and my scotch or vodka. All day long. Er, sorry, not recommended. Oh, wait, he said nothing about booze?
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