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  • Summary: The 10th solo studio release for the British indie singer-songwriter was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and recorded in France.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 90
    Just as Moz's stance as a one-man outsider army and ringleader of the tormentors is restated, so is his standing as the godfather of indie disaffection and despair.
  2. 80
    In its stompy art song streaked with slick noise and nuevo-flamenco guitar, its clumsy lyrics, its condemnation of so much human endeavor, all its stolid idiosyncrasy, World Peace (Harvest/Capitol) constitutes its own weird kind of pedantic success.
  3. Jul 14, 2014
    80
    The very best moments of World Peace... allow a rare slip of a perpetually teenage mask. It's the revenge of Morrissey the artist over Morrissey the cartoon character, and he's caught me completely off guard, the bastard.
  4. Jul 14, 2014
    70
    Morrissey isn't living up to what he should do, he's doing whatever he wants to, whether it makes sense or not. That fearlessness may be reckless but it's also welcome.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    60
    The good (and bad) news for people who love bad (and good) news: Both groups will be delighted and appalled by this record. [No. 112, p.51]
  6. 60
    World Peace is an album that rewards patience, and the deeper one goes into it, the more fun there is to be had.
  7. Jul 24, 2014
    40
    The biggest problem is Morrissey himself, who sounds like he’s trying to be clever rather than actually demonstrating that infamously razor-sharp wit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    This was an awesome follow through from his long absence. We missed his sound and desired more and we got it! I can't wait for a sequel thoughThis was an awesome follow through from his long absence. We missed his sound and desired more and we got it! I can't wait for a sequel though for Viva Hate! I hope it happens!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    9
    World Peace is None of Your Business is a long overdue return to form for Morrissey. Gone are the typically bland, under-inspired indie-glamWorld Peace is None of Your Business is a long overdue return to form for Morrissey. Gone are the typically bland, under-inspired indie-glam arrangements that blighted You are the Quarry and Years of Refusal. Inward bound are some sleek world-music style arrangements that are, mercifully, different from anything Morrissey has recorded before. It's a seemingly one-shot deal, much like Kill Uncle. Just like that record, you'll either love it or hate it. As a long time Morrissey fan, I personally love it. It's wonderful to hear Moz flirting with something new for a change. And it's a change that really works! World Peace is not Your Business is the most consistent, artistically satisfying Morrissey record for the last twenty years. And if THAT isn't enough to sway you, maybe nothing will. Simply put,this an a fantastic Morrissey record from start to finish. Expand
  3. Jul 17, 2014
    8
    It's good. It's very good. The music is amazing at times. There are the odd jarring production moments but it makes for a really interestingIt's good. It's very good. The music is amazing at times. There are the odd jarring production moments but it makes for a really interesting listen and it's pretty unique and fresh. Some of the best stuff on here really is his best stuff whilst the lesser ones are already growing and growing strong. Patience is definitely rewarded with this album. The voice is of course Morrissey (so an automatic +1 there for me). Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2014
    6
    its an album that has thankfully bettered the previous album Years of Refusal, and definitely his many predeceasing albums before that, butits an album that has thankfully bettered the previous album Years of Refusal, and definitely his many predeceasing albums before that, but what I think has made this his true best album since probably Vauxhall & I is probably the fact he's finally come out this (and pardon me saying) self indulgent way of writing lyrics. On albums such as You Are The Quarry, he makes sure his lyrics are as aggressive and obnoxious as possible, or at least they act like it. It is on albums like that, that his angered lyrical concepts become tiresome and uninteresting to the point of stopping the album barely half way through. World Peace.. makes sure it doesn't leave its messages behind, but there is something else here as well that sees both Morrissey's music and lyrics fresh, refined and new. His head is almost empty of the clutter and instead treads to simple, less rant more kind of pondering styles of lyricism. He treads other topics as well (that means, no war, royalty, war, vegetarianism etc) , some simple and passive as anything he's written in a very long while. The album is enjoyable, and though with its fair amount of filler is otherwise one to keep near by for end of year lists. Expand
  5. Jul 19, 2014
    4
    Another disappointing offering from 'The Pope Of Mope'. I was hoping that this album would improve with repeated listenings but sadly itAnother disappointing offering from 'The Pope Of Mope'. I was hoping that this album would improve with repeated listenings but sadly it doesn't . Musically and lyrically it's all over the place, and some of the lyrics are just plain awful. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2014
    4
    I am a long standing {suffering?!} Smiths/Morrissey fan, so it pains me to say it, but I've just about given up on him. This is yet anotherI am a long standing {suffering?!} Smiths/Morrissey fan, so it pains me to say it, but I've just about given up on him. This is yet another underwhelming album, with very few memorable songs. To be fair, he is in fine voice, possibly never better, and he has attempted to experiment more {though I like the rockier sound he's known for}. The end result though, is a bunch of songs that outstay their welcome long before the end. Expand
  7. Jul 23, 2014
    3
    Will this self righteous prick Morrissey ever learn that simply mouthing off about the world's wrongs and blaming the government is notWill this self righteous prick Morrissey ever learn that simply mouthing off about the world's wrongs and blaming the government is not actually going to help anyone or change anything. He obviously only cares about spreading his morbid pessimism. And it's a shame because his voice is better than ever. Expand

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