Morrissey declares, “(t)he worst year of my life concludes with the best album of my life”, upon announcing his newest record.
A new album from Morrissey will be the first since leaving his label deal with BMG.
Announced only on Sunday, Morrissey hasn’t yet provided a launch date or released a track, but the 11 songs for Bonfire of Teenagers are listed on his website.
The album will be performed at Morrissey’s 5-day Las Vegas residency, which is set to begin in August.
On the announcement of his 14th album, the much-hated singer is still riding down his public decline.
For decades now, The Smiths‘ frontman has transformed into a bitter, outspoken nationalist. His initial advocacy for the rights of animals, gradually descended into xenophobic and racist statements about other cultures.
Morrissey’s 2020 album, I Am Not a Dog on a Chain, reminded audiences of the singer’s devotion to his own reprehensible views and voice. In the titular track, he sings, “I am not a dog on a chain, I use my own brain”.
Morrissey unambiguously references his controversies, “maybe I’ll be skinned alive…because of my views, because of the truth“, a glorification of his own notoriety that lacks subtlety.
I mean… what a wanker, right?
Can only imagine what mad controversial new opinions Morrissey is hatching during all this downtime
— KITTUS (@Kittus) April 6, 2020
It wouldn’t be a stretch to speculate that Bonfire of Teenagers, which features a track titled Rebel without Applause, will pursue a similar theme — that of his delusional truth-seeking within a world that seemingly does little more than irritate him.
How many more “controversial” statements must Morrissey make before we all accept that, y’know, he’s probably has – as an absolute minimum – some iffy views?
— Paul Rose (@mrbiffo) November 20, 2017