I have a love/hate listening relationship with Morrissey, even when with the Smiths. One moment he's brilliant with melodic pitch perfect gloom and disdain the next he's cliched and dull as a one note chant. Happy to say that "I Am Not a Dog On a Chain" is the prior. Bass driven cantankerous songs about not caring or wanting to deal with yours or anyone's bull-shit. Morrissey, as always, throws in a few borderline show tunes that work well within the shell of a very current sounding production. His slate of musicians are top notch and tight with a killer cameo by Thelma Houston ("Bobby, Don't You Think They Know?") and the arrangements ranging from pop, low burn rock and EDM are spot on. There are really only two Morrissey camps; the idolizers and the haters with very few like myself in the middle. The idolizers will love this. The haters will not.
Favorite Songs: Jim Jim Falls, Love Is On Its Way Out, What Kind of People Live in These Houses?, Darling I Hug a Pillow
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