Mint #141 : Morrissey ‘Low In High School’

There’s no denying that Steven Patrick Morrissey divides opinion, but his eleventh solo album ‘Low In High School’ has some real corkers. Perhaps focusing more on the instrumentals for sync, the tracks go from reflective, filmic Morricone whistles of ‘When You Open Your Legs’, dark and eerie moments, lone drumming on ‘Israel’ to lone piano and haunting laughter on ‘Bury The Living’. To the more upbeat bombastic tracks such as ‘My Love, I’d Do Anything For You’ with swaggering horns, quirky piano and a bit of flamenco on ‘The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel’ and even a nod to The Beatles on ‘All The Young People Must Fall In Love’.

Released 17-11-17 | BMG own the masters and 50% publishing

My Love, I’d Do Anything for 

0:27 sec intro : odd / dramatic intro / horns – bit Arctic Monkeys / 0:48 / 1:22 – I’d do anything for you / togetherness / upbeat / bombastic

I Wish You Lonely
1:09 wonky instrumental with good ohs

Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
Classic Smiths / 2:08 instrumental break, dramatic, horns / 3:00 – everybody’s heading for the exit / escapism / freedom

Home Is a Question Mark
Classic Morrissey / Christmasy intro with bells / thoughtful / 1:08/2:00 / 2:49 – Home – not really belonging / sad / reflective / lost / 2:25 instrumental break – Twin Peaks – dramatic with strings

Spent the Day in Bed
Quirky piano intro / lazy / kicking against going to work / social commentary / be your own boss

I Bury the Living
Subtle filmic intro / sad / reflective / anticipation / 2:36 – great instrumental break / dramatic / 5:39 – ohs ahs and ba ba bas / reflective / stripped back / 6:51 haunting laughter

In Your Lap
Nice dramatic stripped down piano.

The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel
Flamenco / quirky. Listen 2:32 – instrumental break with ohs ahs and ba ba bas

All the Young People Must Fall in Love
Classic Morrissey. Great handclap introduction – listen at 0:53/2:20/2:45/3:13 – chorus – bit Give Peace A Chance / horns 

When You Open Your Legs
Listen 2:20/2:57 – good quirky middle eastern instrumental sections – so need instrumental / 3:30 – Morricone whistles

Who Will Protect Us from the Police?
Dramatic intro / horns / anti-establishment / 2:50 – what should I? –  indecision / looking for answers

Dramatic intro / reflective piano listen from 2:33 – lone drumming – dramatic / going into battle

Seven days of cover versions

Here are some of my personal favourite cover versions.

1) Art Brut covering The Cure’s ‘Catch’,
2) the darkness of Mechanical Bride‘s version of Rhianna’s ‘Umberella’
3) Aluminium‘s quirky instrumental cover of The White Stripes’ ‘The Hardest Button To Button’
4)  Brighton-based singer songwriter The Boy Who Kicked Pigs‘ acoustic version of Erasure’s ‘A Little Respect’
5) Yo La Tengo covering George MacRae’s disco classic ‘You Can Have It All’
6) one of my favourite Mr Bongo Brazilian covers – Yummy, Yummy, Yummy by Bobby De Carlo
7) My initial choice was Beady Eye‘s Tsumani charity single of The Beatles’ ‘Across The Universe’, but that’s not on Spotify. So I’ve opted to let Christmas come early and chosen Summer Camp‘s version of The Waitresses’ ‘Christmas Wrapping’.