MORRISSEY | New Tracks

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has three new tracks he unveiled live at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 2 to kick off a new tour which begins in Perth, Australia tomorrow. The songs are posted at YouTube by a user “sdsuedehead”. The rollicking rocker, “The Kid’s A Looker”, begins with this classic Morrissey verse: “He can’t dance or sing / He can’t do anything, but what the hell?”, and continues with a line about crass consumers lining up shoulder to shoulder. “Action is My Middle Name” is a morbid piano ballad that would have made 17th-century British poet Andrew Marvell proud, the song lyrics expressing an urgency like “To His Coy Mistress”: “Writing my initials into your neck / You are my possession, you don’t realize yet / Am I moving too fast for you? / Am I beginning to confuse you? / Action is my middle name / I can’t waste time anymore.” Morrissey’s third track, “People Are the Same Everywhere”, is another missive, this time aimed at country and god, “Then our creator had to stumble and stall / And our creator had to make the biggest mistake of all / Set me aside and find people are the same everywhere … / Land of the free and the home of the brave exists nowhere / Here in our loveless nation, we’re all in a rush / To find a lover’s touch / And when it’s found you wonder why it meant so much.” I’ll have to spend more time with these cuts, but there are moments of typically wonderful Morrissey lyricism. — David D. Robbins Jr.

The Kid’s A Looker

People Are The Same Everywhere

Action Is My Middle Name

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