For the uninitiated, Morrissey started his career in music as the singer/lyricist of The Smiths. After the band broke up in 1987, Morrissey went on to a successful solo career with his debut Viva Hate, scoring hits like "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "Suedehead."
I've been following Morrissey's career for a long time, and to me, the biggest shift in his music direction was during his Kill Uncle tour in 1991, where he met Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer, as his live band. These two accomplished musicians would serve as Morrissey's writing collaborators on Your Arsenal and onward. I've always been a little more fond of Whyte's music, but unfortunately he took ill and had not been in the Morrissey camp since 2004 (although a few of his old songs were used for 2009's Years of Refusal).
With World Peace Is None of Your Business, I believe the music writing duties were split between Boz Boorer and Whyte's replacement Jesse Tobias. Musically, there's definitely something more Spanish-influence, but that's not at all surprising since I noted that Boorer's last album Some of the Parts was "diverse in its sound," going beyond his rockabilly-style of music.
At the heart of any Morrissey album is, of course, the lyrics. This has some of Morrissey's best lines yet, as he's demonstrated with various spoken word video for the record.
Overall, World Peace Is None of Your Business's theme is about Morrissey's views on our 'lonely planet' ("World Peace is None of Your Business", "Istanbul", "Earth is the Loneliest Planet of All"). Themes that we've previously seen with other Morrissey's songs, but it's never so blatant. If anything, Morrissey is a man who stands behind his beliefs.
Casual, new fans will be drawn in by "Kiss Me a Lot". Lyrically not one of Morrissey's best (literally the lyrics are "kiss me all over my face, kiss me a lot/kiss me all over the place, kiss me a lot" repeated over and over), but it's catchy and as Morrissey puts it, "a song I can't stand and it's stuck in my head" (from "Oboe Concerto").
Dedicated fans will absolutely love "Staircase at the University," as it's the return of the morbid Morrissey that we love. The song about a student who is struggling with grades and commit suicide at the staircase at the University... set to a danceable tune!
World Peace Is None of Your Business is out tomorrow on Harvest Records. If you're a Morrissey fan, you've already found it and you already love it.