Spex review of Low in High School (German)

Sven68

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A negative review of LIHS, largely based on Morrissey's polictical views: http://www.spex.de/morrissey-low-in-high-school-review/

Translated by "DeepL":

Post-The-Smiths Morrissey's swinging to the rhythm of guitars. At Low In High School, he at least also sees himself swinging to new topics.

Did you know that Morrissey is into the New York Dolls, T. Rex and other posers of classical rock music? Yeah, right, us too. Ever since the self-explanatory showmancunian left his band The Smiths at the end of 1987 - and traded Johnny Marr's unobtrusive guitar playing for the broad-legged sawing of his solo albums. Thirty years and ten albums haven't changed anything. My Love, I'd Do Anything ", the opener of Morrissey's new record Low In High School, also gives his guitars a lot of freedom from testament. This is above all consistent: the muscular sound fit perfectly on Morrissy's solo debut Viva Hate for the transformation of the singer in the late eighties: from the nine-time-wise late dandy with an egoproblem to the nine-time-wise late dandy with an egoproblem, who feels called upon to play controversial opinions in the world and to merge into an eternal martyr's pose in the face of unavoidable criticism - while his own step swings at the rhythm of the guitars.

On Low In High School, Morrissey rocked at least to new topics. For example, surprise, media criticism:"I recommend you to stop watching the news", he sings in the catchy single "Spent The Day In Bed". "Because the news contrives to frighten you." All right, thanks for the advise. The second goal, just as new: Israel, whose Morrissey takes on two songs and the conspiracy starter package:"What do you think all these armies are for / Because the land weeps oil", for example, says "The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel". Or in the Closer "Israel":"Those who reign abuse upon you / They're just jealous of you, too."

Morrissey's world of thought and a reality that is becoming more and more complicated rarely fit together.

The fact that Morrissey's political statements should be viewed at a certain distance has long been known to every child. But at the latest since he complained in March of this year after the Manchester attack on Facebook that London's mayor Sadiq Khan had not condemned the so-called Islamic state and that there was general talk about problems with Islam, one thing should be clear: Morrissey's world of ideas and a more complicated reality seldom fit together.

Low In High School doesn't change that either. It's a mediocre album with all the ingredients a Morrissey album needs: some good songs, a lot of drama, even more pathos and various lyrical touches in the toilet. In other words: the record could have been released in 1992. Today, all that remains is the bitter realization that Morrissey is above all one thing: the pop-cultural arm of the "This is allowed to be said, isn't it?".
 

Ugly Devil

Well-Known Member
A negative review of LIHS, largely based on Morrissey's polictical views: http://www.spex.de/morrissey-low-in-high-school-review/

Translated by "DeepL":

Post-The-Smiths Morrissey's swinging to the rhythm of guitars. At Low In High School, he at least also sees himself swinging to new topics.

Did you know that Morrissey is into the New York Dolls, T. Rex and other posers of classical rock music? Yeah, right, us too. Ever since the self-explanatory showmancunian left his band The Smiths at the end of 1987 - and traded Johnny Marr's unobtrusive guitar playing for the broad-legged sawing of his solo albums. Thirty years and ten albums haven't changed anything. My Love, I'd Do Anything ", the opener of Morrissey's new record Low In High School, also gives his guitars a lot of freedom from testament. This is above all consistent: the muscular sound fit perfectly on Morrissy's solo debut Viva Hate for the transformation of the singer in the late eighties: from the nine-time-wise late dandy with an egoproblem to the nine-time-wise late dandy with an egoproblem, who feels called upon to play controversial opinions in the world and to merge into an eternal martyr's pose in the face of unavoidable criticism - while his own step swings at the rhythm of the guitars.

On Low In High School, Morrissey rocked at least to new topics. For example, surprise, media criticism:"I recommend you to stop watching the news", he sings in the catchy single "Spent The Day In Bed". "Because the news contrives to frighten you." All right, thanks for the advise. The second goal, just as new: Israel, whose Morrissey takes on two songs and the conspiracy starter package:"What do you think all these armies are for / Because the land weeps oil", for example, says "The Girl From Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel". Or in the Closer "Israel":"Those who reign abuse upon you / They're just jealous of you, too."

Morrissey's world of thought and a reality that is becoming more and more complicated rarely fit together.

The fact that Morrissey's political statements should be viewed at a certain distance has long been known to every child. But at the latest since he complained in March of this year after the Manchester attack on Facebook that London's mayor Sadiq Khan had not condemned the so-called Islamic state and that there was general talk about problems with Islam, one thing should be clear: Morrissey's world of ideas and a more complicated reality seldom fit together.

Low In High School doesn't change that either. It's a mediocre album with all the ingredients a Morrissey album needs: some good songs, a lot of drama, even more pathos and various lyrical touches in the toilet. In other words: the record could have been released in 1992. Today, all that remains is the bitter realization that Morrissey is above all one thing: the pop-cultural arm of the "This is allowed to be said, isn't it?".
Doesn't surprise me, Germany has become incredibly left wing in the last few years. Any cryptic or inflammatory statements that lean to the right are going to be greeted with morale outrage.
 

Humasexual

Member
Doesn't surprise me, Germany has become incredibly left wing in the last few years. Any cryptic or inflammatory statements that lean to the right are going to be greeted with morale outrage.
I don't think so , with massive immigration there is a huge comeback of "nazi" in this country. At the Bundestag , there are poeple from the Afd now (extreme right wing) , which is new since 1960
 
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Sven68

Junior Member
Doesn't surprise me, Germany has become incredibly left wing in the last few years. Any cryptic or inflammatory statements that lean to the right are going to be greeted with morale outrage.
Please don't mix up Spex (a left wing music magazine) with Germany in general. Like many other European countries Germany is becoming increasingly divided between left wing and right wing. The old mainstream parties like CDU and SPD were all losing voters in 2017's election.
 

Ugly Devil

Well-Known Member
Please don't mix up Spex (a left wing music magazine) with Germany in general. Like many other European countries Germany is becoming increasingly divided between left wing and right wing. The old mainstream parties like CDU and SPD were all losing voters in 2017's election.
Yes, but the media is still left wing and parrots many of its philosophies. As demonstrated by this reviewers critique on Morrissey's politics.
 
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jeez, is this called a "review" nowadays? one thing that is clear is that the writer is unable to describe more complex issues that go beyond the rumination of randomly picked up news snippets. do they even have to listen to the albums before they start writing? it seems to me they dont.
 
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jeez, is this called a "review" nowadays? one thing that is clear is that the writer is unable to describe more complex issues that go beyond the rumination of randomly picked up news snippets. do they even have to listen to the albums before they start writing? it seems to me they dont.
I try not to be to critical or mean, maybe they did there best, but the comments on the older albums seems to impart to me that he’s not very familiar with his work. Muscular sound attributed to viva hate confused me
 

Humasexual

Member
What's wrong with being left wing? Better than being right wing, Hitler/Trump fans.
You can be right wing without being fascist

I heard this one day :
If you re not left wing when you're 20, then you don't have heart..but..
If you re left wing when you're 40, then you don't have a brain
 

Humasexual

Member
It's bullshit
Anyway, everybody has an opinion , why always criticize and just respect? Nowadays left and right wings are almost the same in terms of ideas.. In France , they gather in one political party. The traditional socialist party is almost dead and right is trying to survive
 

Sidnettle

Death to Racists
Anyway, everybody has an opinion , why always criticize and just respect? Nowadays left and right wings are almost the same in terms of ideas.. In France , they gather in one political party. The traditional socialist party is almost dead and right is trying to survive
People on this thread were using the term left wing as if it was a bad thing, so I am sticking up for people like myself who are left wing and want a fair society not a selfish one.
 
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I try not to be to critical or mean, maybe they did there best, but the comments on the older albums seems to impart to me that he’s not very familiar with his work. Muscular sound attributed to viva hate confused me
yes, s/he doesnt seem to know much about his other albums. the writing is undifferentiated "30 years and nothing has changed" and glib "The fact that Morrissey's political statements should be viewed at a certain distance has long been known to every child", as if not every political statement should be viewed critically. i prefer arguments to "self-evident" opinions. even his or her supposedly funny word creations like "testikelfreiheit" (space for testicles) cannot distract from this article's shallowness.
 
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