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  • Summary: The 11th full-length solo release for the British indie rock singer-songwriter was produced by Joe Chiccarelli.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Nov 17, 2017
    80
    Low in High School, his 11th solo album, is as dazzling and infuriating as anything in his canon, full of the stuff that has made the 58-year-old former Smiths frontman one of the most provocative and adored stars of our time.
  2. Nov 16, 2017
    75
    Instead of your lonely, romantic proxy, he’s your surly, sometimes cool uncle who’s set in his ways but still capable of surprises. Low In High School has a few of those, most effectively on the mid-album epic “I Bury The Living.”
  3. Nov 21, 2017
    60
    His 11th solo studio album Low in High School is a mixed bag of brilliance and dross. There are some genuinely interesting new explorations while other tracks are deeply disappointing. Disconcertingly uneven, yes, but not safely predictable.
  4. 58
    If you’ve loved his music since The Smiths, and their music actually brings you joy, well, then there are things to be found on Low in High School that could possibly, maybe, present a solid argument for attempting to find a way to suck the goodness from this album ... while spitting out the pulp that is Morrissey himself.
  5. Uncut
    Nov 9, 2017
    50
    This is in many ways his weakest since Kill Uncle. [Dec 2017, p.20]
  6. Nov 17, 2017
    40
    Low In High School feels confused, misplaced, and tedious.
  7. Nov 17, 2017
    30
    It's Morrissey's weakened, diminished lyricism that kicks it down from being a solid-if-not-stunning Moz record to something almost unpalatable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Nov 29, 2017
    10
    There is so much more to this album than meets the initial (hypo)critical eye - suffice to say NOBODY is doing this type of album and i don'tThere is so much more to this album than meets the initial (hypo)critical eye - suffice to say NOBODY is doing this type of album and i don't think anybody else could. This album sets up the coming war over what Morrissey is perfectly - the battle has already begun. Viva! Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2017
    10
    Best of Moz since Vauxhall and I. Will grow with time when stupid backslash fades. Love this LP
  3. Dec 10, 2017
    9
    By far Morrissey's best work since You Are The Quarry. It's a massive shame that this album is getting such negative reviews from the likes ofBy far Morrissey's best work since You Are The Quarry. It's a massive shame that this album is getting such negative reviews from the likes of the Guardian etc simply (in my opinion) because Morrissey 's views are at odds with their's. Although tracks like I Bury the Living and I Wish You Lonely aren't necessarily as tongue-in-cheek and witty as some of his earlier work both with The Smiths and as a solo artist (Vicar in a Tutu and the singles that make up Bona Drag come to mind) , vocally they are very strong and I can't see how the bitterness they exude is an overwhelmingly bad thing. Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage and Home is a Question Mark are my stand out tracks and both pocess that quintessential Morrissey sound that nothing in the mainstream charts can even dream of coming close to in terms of quality. I can also see this album particularly appealing to Morrissey's hispanic following - The Girl from Tel-Aviv who wouldn't Kneel has a real cha cha cha feel to it, as does When You Open Your Legs. And is it just me or is there something Lennonesque about All The Young People Must Fall In Love???? Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2017
    7
    Definitivamente no es lo mejor que Morrissey nos ha ofrecido en su larga carrera desde que lideraba The Smiths en los años ochenta. Si algoDefinitivamente no es lo mejor que Morrissey nos ha ofrecido en su larga carrera desde que lideraba The Smiths en los años ochenta. Si algo podemos apreciar de Low in High School es que la voz de Moz no se degrada sino todo lo contrario; también podemos apreciar la exploración de ritmos que continúa haciendo.
    En esta ocasión no se nos presenta como el ingenioso piadoso de sí mismo, sino como un renegado indignado que descarga su ira ante las maquinarias y sujetos de dominación, en particular, de los gobiernos, la milicia, la policía, los medios de comunicación, los jefes y los trabajos.
    Se extraña alguna pista de cómo enfrentó su encuentro con la muerte a través de su cáncer, pero queda claro que con el paso del tiempo, cede más su privacidad y ambigüedad frente a compartir todos y con nadie las preferencias sexuales y posturas políticas de su intimidad.
    Lo destacable:
    I wish you lonely es probablemente lo mejor que este LP tiene que ofrecer para los fans clásicos de Mozzer, en la tradición de letras profundas que a la vez permiten conocer su alma solitaria.
    I bury the living se suma a una serie de largas melodías como I know it's over; Late Night, Maudlin Street; Seasick, Yet still docked; Life is a Pigsty; o Art Hounds.
    Home is a question mark, aborda el tema de la pertenencia y la compañía espiritual como pilares del hogar.
    No hemos perdido a Morrissey, él se sigue encontrando.
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  5. VDS
    Nov 17, 2017
    7
    Not as easily accessible as the masterful trio of Your Arsenal, Vauxhall and I, and Southpaw Grammar, but this is the perfect Morrissey recordNot as easily accessible as the masterful trio of Your Arsenal, Vauxhall and I, and Southpaw Grammar, but this is the perfect Morrissey record for where we are today. He has always been so spot on at distilling the complex into the simple, but losing nothing in the process, and Low in High School is a master class in such an approach.

    I’ve seen critics comment on the record being overly sexual, but Morrissey sung ‘there are explosive kegs between my legs’ over ten years ago on Ringleader of the Tormentors. He’s always strayed into such territory, it’s nothing new.

    Musically, the piano’s in the limelight here, and to good effect. Also, his vocals have never sounded as clear and sharp as they do on this disc.

    Casual listeners may struggle past Spent the Day in Bed (one of his best tunes to date), but if you get what he’s about, this album from his M-ness will be right up your alley. Ignore the pretentious so and so’s who are paid to tell you what they think about music meant for all of us, and get into this record with a long-haul appreciation of the greatest living Englishman (which when I look in the mirror, always used to be me).
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  6. Nov 19, 2017
    6
    I'd really like to give this a higher score as there are some really good tracks on the album, and one or two that wouldn't be out of place onI'd really like to give this a higher score as there are some really good tracks on the album, and one or two that wouldn't be out of place on a future 'best of' compilation. The trouble is there are also some atrocious songs, { 'I Bury The Living' being an example} that rank up there with Moz's worst. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2017
    0
    I thought this said "Love In High School" and since it doesn't I'm giving it a -10. takeI thought this said "Love In High School" and since it doesn't I'm giving it a -10. take that........................................................................................ Expand

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