A truth-teller, radical empathizer, and lover of the perverse.
  • A truth-teller, radical empathizer, and lover of the perverse.

The first thing you hear is an ominous buzz, which is soon overlaid with a careful percussion pattern. Then—glory hallelujah!—the clouds part with a heavenly glissando, and Morrissey's voice beams down like Glinda the Good Witch. The words he delivers over the gorgeous cascade of melody: "World peace is none of your business/So would you kindly keep your nose out/The rich must profit and get richer/And the poor must stay poor." The words dance above the music like a lullaby, while politely pointing out that Western humanity's only hope is revolution. "Each time you vote, you support the process," our melodious overlord repeats, over and over, as the song draws to a close.

So begins World Peace Is None of Your Business, the 10th solo album by Morrissey, a singer/songwriter who's devoted the past 30 years to channeling his punkish rage into highly dramatic pop-rock...

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