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California Son


California Son

Twelfth solo studio album from the former Smiths frontman is a cover album produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, The Killers, U2)

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  1. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Those who can’t or won’t separate the songs from the performer can’t and shouldn’t be blamed for finding something else with which to stimulate their eardrums—nor could they be blamed for wishing that Morrissey had simply disappeared from public view before entering his foot-in-mouth period
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  2. 7.0 |   All Music

    He's sounding a bit like a curmudgeon, but he embraces his eccentricities, which means this contrarianism wears well on record, even if it doesn't in real life
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  3. 7.0 |   Uncut

    In fleeting moments it confirms him as a peerless modern practitioner of deep song, the pop artist who can divine, even in the work of the singer of "Brand New Key," lorca's dark, abysmal spirit of duende. Print edition only

  4. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    ‘California Son’ features songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie. But what is Moz trying to say?
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  5. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    An enjoyable romp through ‘60s and ‘70s AM pop that never feels forced or needlessly over-the-top
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  6. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Morrissey’s unmistakeable voice makes every song his own
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  7. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Musical vamping is welcome from this dour enigma
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  8. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Versions of Joni Mitchell's Don't Interrupt The Sorrow and Bob Dylan's Only A Pawn In Their Game are surprisingly persuasive. Elsewhere, it's like being imprisoned in the teenage Moz bedroom/brain. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Overall, it’s an album for fans only – and for Morrissey himself, probably
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  10. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    Morrissey and some (barely audible) high-profile guests rework 12 of his favorite ’60s and ’70s songs by American artists to mixed results
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  11. 4.0 |   The FT

    The latest from the former Smiths frontman delivers some diverting covers and some utterly unlistenable notes
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  12. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    This level of steady, maintained mediocrity will only make it harder and harder for all but his staunchest fans to continue caring
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  13. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Missteps might be forgiven if you could dissociate the music from the man
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  14. 4.0 |   Q

    Below-par covers album can't mask those reputational issues. Print edition only

  15. 4.0 |   NME

    The unofficial line is that Morrissey has recorded a covers album to allow the music to speak for itself. What 'California Son' is saying is that it's not very good
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  16. 2.0 |   The Guardian

    Clumsy covers with a troll-like spirit
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  17. 1.0 |   Exclaim

    It's just terminally boring. Do not listen to this album
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