I’m a massive fan of Morrissey, and I get a good chuckle when I hear people opining that he’s past it; his music apparently being mediocre at best; his lyrical prowess now a thing of the foggy past.
Steven Patrick Morrissey is still one of the most gifted lyricists around, and one Mozza song has more depth, wit, intelligence and artistry than most of today’s popular music combined. (Do I sound grouchy? Am I getting old? We all are, I’m afraid.)
When late last year he released his most recent offering “Low in High School” the hair-raising, slightly Museesque opening track, “My Love, I’d Do Anything for You”, assured me that this album would not disappoint.
In recent years, the press has gone after him for some controversial comments he’s made (many of which have been taken out of context, others were perhaps a little insensitive – but we do live in hypersensitive times), and attention hasn’t been focused on the merits of his music, but rather on the supposed malaise of Morrissey as a pop icon; as a relevant artist. Well, what “relevant” artist around today is all that interesting? And what does it mean to be relevant in today’s corporate music industry, anyway?
To give an example of the enduring power and precision of Morrissey’s words and music, have a listen to the song “I Wish You Lonely” taken from his latest album. This fan-made video is a treat, and the biting and sharp-as-ever lyrics are a thing to behold:
“Tombs are full of fools
who gave their life upon command
of monarchy, oligarch, head of state, potentate
and now never coming back, never coming back.
I wish you lonely
like the last tracked humpback whale
chased by gunships from Bergen
oh, but never giving in, never giving in.”
Yep, Morrissey’s still got it.