Low in High School
Morrissey - Low in High School
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Rank: #614 / 623
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Based on 8 ratings
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The Telegraph

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.

A.V. Club

The bar for his new one, Low In High School, was so low as to be practically underground. He’s managed to claw himself out of that hole, bouncing back with what might be his best album since 2004’s You Are The Quarry. And though it doesn’t match Morrissey’s achievements from, let’s say, 1982 until 1994, that’s also not really a fair hurdle to expect him to climb.

The Line of Best Fit
There is an intellect and an intuitiveness to almost the whole record that resonates more and more deeply with each listen. While there are certainly moments where seemingly incomprehensible lyrical and thematic choices are made, there are many more where there’s a sense of communion and comradeship.
Rolling Stone
As philosophical alt-rock standup goes, the man is still peerless.
Loud and Quiet
It’s when Morrissey leaves the polemic behind that ‘Low In High School’ feels more vibrant.
The Guardian
What it all amounts to is your standard Morrissey solo album: great songs cheek-by-jowl with songs that would once never have got past reception; brilliance alongside stuff that boggles the mind; not bad, but not built to reach far beyond his standard fanbase.

Low in High School can seem as aurally conflicted as it is politically, and that may be an appropriate look for Morrissey in 2017: He's opted for a mad world of his own creation and doesn't much care whether his fans follow or not.

The 12-song album’s first five tracks are passable, if not actually quite enjoyable. Beyond this point, though, only the most hardened Moz fan should dare to venture.
The Skinny
Morrissey can alienate fans with outlandish outbursts or with decidedly average new music, but both at the same time is surely too much for even the most forgiving fan.
The Independent

While there’s no denying that Low In High School is more musically exploratory than usual, drawing from glam rock, electropop, tango and Tropicalismo, the singer himself has rarely exhibited such a grating combination of spite and self-pity.

Like 2014’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’ which came before it, any smudge of sincerity is often overshadowed by a nasty cynicism and a smug self-righteousness.
‘Low In High School’ feels confused, misplaced, and tedious.
Drowned in Sound

Low In High School is the latest in a long string of wet sausages that Morrissey has cruelly inserted into the ears of his audience. It’s hard to understand why his followers don’t storm off instead, for good.

Under The Radar
It's Morrissey's weakened, diminished lyricism that kicks it down from being a solid-if-not-stunning Moz record to something almost unpalatable. What the hell happened?
Nov 17, 2017
This album is just too good for our shithead generation. Thank you Morrissey, you are the man!

What we have here - a bunch of Smiths-like songs, kick-ass single (Spent The Day In Bed), a long classical ballad (I Bury The Living) and just a lot of other pleasingly sounding stuff. Out of words. My expectations are pretty much exceeded.
Track List
  1. My Love, I'd Do Anything for You
  2. I Wish You Lonely
  3. Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage
  4. Home Is a Question Mark
  5. Spent the Day in Bed
  6. I Bury the Living
  7. In Your Lap
  8. The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel
  9. All the Young People Must Fall in Love
  10. When You Open Your Legs
  11. Who Will Protect Us from the Police?
  12. Israel

Added on: August 22, 2017