I Am Not A Dog On A Chain

Morrissey - I Am Not A Dog On A Chain
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #808 / 819
User Score
Based on 137 ratings
2020 Ratings: #1006
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Telegraph
At the age of 60, he is still making music as if his life depended upon it.
80
Mojo
Removed from the living artist, it may one day be hailed as a great album.
70
AllMusic

I Am Not a Dog on a Chain is one of the better latter-day Morrissey records: the sense of musical daring reveals how placid and complacent he's been for the better part of a decade.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Perhaps that’s why this album offers up some of his best performances, wryest lyrics, and most experimental arrangements in years. Moz has finally grown into the old man he always threatened to become.

67
A.V. Club

I Am Not A Dog On A Chain features some of Morrissey’s best songs in years, and a couple of his worst.

61
Pitchfork

Mildly captivating, occasionally repetitive, and frequently ridiculous, the 13th studio album from the fabulous sulk turned red-pill pharmacist is Moz’s vision of radical truth-telling.

60
NME
You may no longer leap onstage to hug him like a soul mate, but judged on purely artistic terms this is an interesting album. Whether you can separate it from his opinions, dear reader, is one for the darker nights.
60
The Arts Desk
The controversial singer alternates between petty indignation and true artistry.
60
Under The Radar
Those whose bridges have not been burned entirely will find some joys in amongst the frustration.
60
Louder Than War
Bruised and bloodied by mainstream isolation, Moz returns with another spirited but ultimately subpar collection of meandering misanthropy.
60
Q Magazine

It's impossible in 2020 to separate a Morrissey album from its creator's problematic proclamations. Which is a shame, because I Am Not A Dog... continues the late-career warm-is streak that started with Low In High School.

60
Uncut
Gloves remain on as Moz lashes out. He hits and he misses.
50
Rolling Stone
This charming man's bowshots at English society can get repetitive.
40
The Independent
Album by the controversial former Smiths frontman has its moments, but they are brief and virtually lost amid the more experimental forays.
40
The Guardian
Morrissey knows exactly who he is: a victim, though he’ll never admit he does it to himself. His coyness undermines his apparent glee as a truth-teller, while his recourse to superannuated lamentation ignores the potential for later-in-life artists such as Bowie and Cohen to outdo their youthful glories. At this rate, he’ll never sit alongside them.
40
Classic Rock
'I see no point in being nice,' he barks. Quite. However, a bitter aftertaste, lingers long after the final notes.
0
Albumism
Just retire, Morrissey, and take up gardening or crocheting swastikas or whatever it is that crotchety racists do with their waning years.
Doofy
30
Never said you were
nostalgia
30
Retire.
MontanaB
62
First of all fuck Morrissey, he's an ignorant, racist, piece of human shit.

However, I am one of those people who separate art from the artist...when I can. Sometimes you can't, like when watching an old Louie C.K. bit about how much he likes jerking off or listening to Michael Jackson sing "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," stuff like that is too distracting. That happens once on this album for me on the titular track, "I Am Not a Dog on a Chain," where Morrissey sings about ... read more
tiagoaon
0
fuck you nazi
reptilia0000
30
From "This Charming Man" to That Charmless Man

Morrissey presents an insipid project with zero to no substance, that lacks in charm and just overall interest put into it.

Now, I really wanted to review this project, I had always wanted to listen to a Morrissey album just because of how much I love The Smiths, and I did listen to it and was ready to review it... but I felt scared. Not because I had an extremely unpopular opinion on the album or anything, simply because... well, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Jim Jim Falls
  2. Love Is on Its Way Out
  3. Bobby, Don't You Think They Know?
  4. I Am Not a Dog on a Chain
  5. What Kind of People Live in These Houses?
  6. Knockabout World
  7. Darling, I Hug a Pillow
  8. Once I Saw the River Clean
  9. The Truth About Ruth
  10. The Secret of Music
  11. My Hurling Days Are Done
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Added on: January 10, 2020