Morrissey - California Son Colored Vinyl LP
Morrissey California Son Colored Vinyl LP
Britpop Icon Unveils Momentous Collection of Classic 1960/70s Covers featuring Performances with Members of Green Day, The Regrettes, Grizzly Bear & Young the Giant!
Morrissey has returned, and he's singing songs that made you cry and songs that saved your life. After 2018's "heartfelt" (Rolling Stone) cover of Pretenders' "Back on the Chain Gang" gave fans a taste of what was to come, the Britpop icon unveils the highly-anticipated covers album California Son. The 12-track collection traverses the sonic landscape of the 60s and 70s, covering untouchable luminaries like Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, and Bob Dylan while also delving into more obscure musicians of the time, such as early gay icon Jobriath and political activist Phil Ochs.
Paying equal tribute to the marginalized stars as he does household names – and taking on these covers with modern alt-rock royalty guests including Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear), Sameer Gadhia (Young the Giant), and LP – the record serves as a bridge between space, time, and rock music's past, present, and future. In line with a career marked by environmental advocacy and a groundbreaking soundscape of jangly alt-rock melancholia, we see Morrissey playing to his strengths while pushing his sonic limits.
The U.K. rocker conjures bombastic stadium anthems ( "Lady Willpower"), messages of environmentalist activism ("Days of Decision"), trip-hop psychedelia ("When You Close Your Eyes" with Petra Haden), and even dives into surf rock on the first track "It's Over," a heartbreaking cover of "The Caruso of Rock" Roy Orbison that interpolates church bells, castanets, and operatic vocals amid a sea of reverberated guitar accompanied by stirring operatic vocals courtesy of LP.
California Son, in short, showcases Morrissey doing what he has done best since his Smiths days: delivering harsh truths with a charming genteel.
Morrissey California Son Track Listing:
1. Morning Starship (Jobriath) with Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear
2. Don't Interrupt The Sorrow (Joni Mitchell) with Ariel Engle of Broken Social Scene
3. Only a Pawn In Their Game (Bob Dylan) with Petra Haden
4. Suffer the Little Children (Buffy St Marie)
5. Days of Decision (Phil Ochs) with Sameer Gadhia of Young The Giant
6. It's Over (Roy Orbison) with LP
7. Wedding Bell Blues (The Fifth Dimension) with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day & Lydia Night of The Regrettes
8. Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets (Dionne Warwick)
9. Lady Willpower (Gary Puckett)
10. When You Close Your Eyes (Carly Simon) with Petra Haden
11. Lenny's Tune (Tim Hardin)
12. Some Say I Got Devil (Melanie)
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