Morrissey
Low In High School


2.0
poor

Review

by Arche CONTRIBUTOR (82 Reviews)
November 26th, 2017 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Indie's most outspoken celebrity drops an uninspiring dud with 'Low in High School'.

Low In High School seems to be yet another nail in the already well-secured coffin of Morrissey’s lyrical aptitude. Never one without intention, the former Smiths frontman jumps between anti-Americanism (‘The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel’), popular anti-establishment sentiment (‘My Love, I’d Do Anything For You’), anti-war (‘I Bury The Living’) and other tried and tested anti-‘s that have cemented themselves in the heart of the politicised artist over the years; the problem is, it’s either too on-the-nose or too stilted to create the desired rousing effect. Even worse are tracks like ‘In Your Lap’ and ‘When You Open Your Legs’, which sound like they were put together in 10 minutes, such is the lazy combination of teenage-activist slogans and throwaway one liners that they comprise of. Could I do better" Probably not, but that’s why I’m here writing this, instead of ham-fisted observations and tirades about the modern world.

There are, admittedly, a few moments where Low In High School is at least somewhat enjoyable. “I Bury The Living”, a 7-minute piece attacking the culpability of military personnel is, while hardly immune from the lyrical malady (“Give me an order, I’ll blow up a border // Give me an order, I’ll blow up your daughter” springs eagerly to mind), one of the few cuts here with some appreciable grit left in its dramatic, theatrical make-up. “Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage” feels like a ruby in a slagheap, as a focussed rock number with just enough catchiness and bombast to make its Brexit-centric storyline palatable. “Home Is a Question Mark” feels like a highlight, simply because one doesn’t feel obliged to roll their eyes every 20 seconds due to some off-the-cuff remark about the state; however, it only feels so because it’s so singularly uninteresting, a standard power ballad that’s so frustratingly safe in every way.

Indeed, it’s this issue of safety, most obvious in “Home Is A Question Mark” but apparent in almost every single track, which is the saddest part of Low In High School. The dodgy lyrical content hardly helps, but it’s a forgivable sin – Lord knows how many examples of that have sprung up through the years. The crux is, for all the youthful posturing and his trademark antagonistic slant, Morrissey sounds like he’s 58, and seems to be content with releasing what so many of bygone fame have released before – defanged, intangibly softened spectres of their previous selves, set by predictable composition, uninspiring vocal backing and a growing sense of insincerity. Low In High School is, perhaps worse than anything, insipid. Please, please stop Morrissey, before Radio 2 makes your next offering ‘album of the week.’



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Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, there it is. 82 reviews in, and my first sub-2.5. This is really, royally naff. Any comments, suggestions (I know about the speech marks after 'Could I do better', but for some reason they won't budge), and whathaveyou as always welcomed :]



https://open.spotify.com/album/1beCGiP2LRkyDq6zmbyF6w

Papa Universe
November 26th 2017


8785 Comments


"my first sub-2.5"

you gotta pump those numbers up

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Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Certainly do! Problem is, it means listening to stuff that's really not all that great, enough that I can write something on it. Such is life.

clavier
November 26th 2017


472 Comments


What a pleasure to read - maybe the most gentlemanly incisive teardown I've seen, haha

EvoHavok
November 26th 2017


7308 Comments


Oh, a negative Aaron review happened!
"which that sound" - pick one


Aberf
November 26th 2017


1615 Comments


-Aaron

-Negative Reviews

Choose one..

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Papa Universe
November 26th 2017


8785 Comments


negative reviews

zakalwe
November 26th 2017


23718 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’ve put me flouncy white shirt on, unbuttoned it. *Upturned palm to brow, melodramatic swoon* Nuuuuuhhhhhhhhhooooooooo maaaaaaammmmmaaaaaaa. Album is great.

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Prettyplease
November 26th 2017


93 Comments


I'll listen to any Morrissey album now, to show my respect for his outspokenness on political correctness.

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


5977 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

someone cram a sirloin steak in this old twat's mouth so he stops singing..

Papa Universe
November 26th 2017


8785 Comments


where's compostcompote when we need him?

Jasdevi087
November 26th 2017


4703 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

genuinely embarrassed to admit I didn't hate this

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


5472 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks for the spot Evo, fixed :]

FullOfSounds
November 26th 2017


15615 Comments


keep getting ads for this on spotify and it sounds terrible

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Papa Universe
November 26th 2017


8785 Comments


Sounds: AdBlock, thy savior.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


10930 Comments


Great review Aaron (:

However on the second paragraph, 4th line down, 13 words across you're missing the word "of" after "one". And you dare call yourself a contributing reviewer. For shame!

;)

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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


15799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

dude low in HIGH school, whoaaaa....

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Sinternet
November 26th 2017


15069 Comments


this man hasn't been good in over a decade

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Arcade
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2017


8499 Comments


why listen to this when Bona Drag exists tbh

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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2017


15799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

kinda flabbergasted this is the same guy who did You are the Quarry and Vauxhall and I.



a bit caught up in his own overly inflated ego, now it seems



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