I Am Not A Dog On A Chain

Morrissey - I Am Not A Dog On A Chain
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Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #483 / 491
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Based on 111 ratings
2020 Ratings: #825
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March 20, 2020 / Release Date
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The Telegraph
At the age of 60, he is still making music as if his life depended upon it.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.
The Arts Desk
The controversial singer alternates between petty indignation and true artistry.
Under The Radar
Those whose bridges have not been burned entirely will find some joys in amongst the frustration.
The Independent
Album by the controversial former Smiths frontman has its moments, but they are brief and virtually lost amid the more experimental forays.
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.
Just retire, Morrissey, and take up gardening or crocheting swastikas or whatever it is that crotchety racists do with their waning years.
Never said you were
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
Even though I periodically listen to Morrissey's solo material, I do not endorse or support any of his grim political views and statements.

Anyway, isn't this a website about music? So let's discuss about it.

I was curious about this album. The singles weren't that bad...I guess?
As a massive Smiths fan it's quite hard to jump to Morrissey's solo efforts, because they never quite match the same greatness as the band's discography.
I have to say, what impressed me the most on "I Am Not A ... read more
I don't think me saying that Morrissey is a horrible, terrible piece of shit is controversial in any way. Despite all that, I wanted to give this album an honest shot. And.... it's ok, I guess? The songwriting is alright but nothing to write home about either; it's just all o-k. The vocals are ok, instrumentals too and production idem. There is really nothing that stands out in a bad nor good way. It's basically o-k the album.

Fave tracks: Jim Jim Falls, I am Not A Dog On A Chain, Darling,I ... 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