World Peace Is None of Your Business

Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2014 Ratings: #889 / 1019
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2014 Ratings: #353
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July 15, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Harvest / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

The prospect of this album should have any fan of inventive, addictive music trembling with anticipation.


Like Morrissey’s last grand return from hiatus, 2004’s ‘You Are The Quarry’, there’s that same undefeatable spirit, the sense that he thrives on being the fly in the ointment.


It’s a bit jarring to hear him incorporating foreign elements into his familiar and very British sound at first, but this key difference is probably what will make it stand out most as time goes by.

Drowned in Sound

It is nothing more, and nothing less than a decent Morrissey album, and for some that is all the recommendation needed.

Rolling Stone

Being misunderstood is Morrissey's great joy in life, as he keeps proving in World Peace – a much stronger album than fans were expecting at this point.


At almost 55 minutes, some of the 12 tracks could have done with a bit of trimming, while some songs work better than others. But overall World Peace Is None Of Your Business is a distinctive contribution to Morrissey’s oeuvre.


Morrissey isn't living up to what he should do, he's doing whatever he wants to, whether it makes sense or not. That fearlessness may be reckless but it's also welcome.

American Songwriter

World Peace is an album that rewards patience, and the deeper one goes into it, the more fun there is to be had. 


With his tenth solo effort, there’s a decidedly different tone to proceedings. ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’ feels infinitely more concise, and musically more defined. 


It's musically as rich and worldly as Morrissey gets ... But it's also a deeply sour record, even for Morrissey.

Consequence of Sound

The album on the whole has enough of Morrissey’s strengths — the ones he established with Marr and co., first causing NME journos to wet their trousers 30 years ago — to be a mostly serviceable Morrissey album.


The lyrical edge and wit that once defined Moz's lyrics are just about absent here.


As if its lyrical atrocities weren’t enough, much of World Peace Is None of Your Business plays like a mid-‘90s hard rock revival act with huge guitars and even bigger production.

A.V. Club

World Peace feels exhausted, hollow, husk-like.

Pretty Much Amazing

The album’s 12 bloated, mostly mid-tempo tracks drone on and on, and even when they aren’t technically long they sometimes feel like they might never end because most of them fail to find a hook.


I agreed with Morrissey's choice to put Ringleader of the Tormentors almost at the top of his own top album list. I disagree wholeheartedly with his decision to put World Peace Is None of Your Business at No. 1 in this ranking out of all of his solo records and those with The Smiths. Musically, the record is very interesting and pulls from a lot of different influences, namely latin, world and classical music, but melodically, the album leaves a lot to be desired. Many of these songs meander ... read more


World Peace Is None of Your Business ~ ★★★☆☆
Neal Cassady Drops Dead ~ ★★★☆☆
I'm Not a Man ~ ★★☆☆☆
Istanbul ~ ★★★☆☆
Earth Is the Loneliest Planet ~ ★★☆☆☆
Staircase at the University ~ ★★★★☆
The Bullfighter Dies ~ ★★☆☆☆
Kiss Me a Lot ~ ★☆☆☆☆
Smiler with Knife ~ ★★★★☆
Kick the Bride Down the Aisle ~ ★★☆☆☆
Mountjoy ~ ★★★★☆
Oboe Concerto ~ ★★★★★

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One of his more inconsistent pieces, but plenty to latch on here.

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Track List

  1. World Peace Is None of Your Business
  2. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
  3. Istanbul
  4. I'm Not a Man
  5. Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
  6. Staircase at the University
  7. The Bullfighter Dies
  8. Kiss Me a Lot
  9. Smiler with Knife
  10. Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
  11. Mountjoy
  12. Oboe Concerto
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Added on: May 14, 2014