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Low in High School is the eleventh solo studio album by English singer Morrissey, released on 17 November 2017 through BMG.[1] It was produced by Joe Chiccarelli, and recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and at Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Italy.[2]

Low in High School
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Studio album by Morrissey
Released 17 November 2017
Studio
  • Forum Studios, Italy
  • La Fabrique Studios, France
Length 53:25
Label BMG
Producer Joe Chiccarelli
Morrissey chronology
World Peace Is None of Your Business
(2014)
Low in High School
(2017)
Singles from Low in High School
  1. "Spent the Day in Bed"
    Released: 19 September 2017
  2. "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage"
    Released: 7 November 2017

The album debuted at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart. It received mixed reviews from critics.

Contents

Background and releaseEdit

Prior to the album's release, it was reported that several retailers including HMV had refused to stock the album due to its cover art,[2] though this was later denied by HMV.[3]

The first single, "Spent the Day in Bed", received its first play on 19 September and was released on the same day.[4] Along with the release of the single, Morrissey announced an upcoming US tour.[5] "I Wish You Lonely" was released as an instant grat download on 24 October.[6] "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage" was released on 7 November.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [9]
The A.V. Club B[10]
The Daily Telegraph      [11]
The Guardian      [12]
The Irish Times      [13]
Mojo      [14]
NME      [15]
Pitchfork 5.7/10[16]
Rolling Stone      [17]
The Times       [18]

On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, Low in High School received an average score of 59 based on 25 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave Low in High School a rating of three out of five stars, stating it is "one of Morrissey's most musically adventurous records" but "can seem as aurally conflicted as it is politically".[9] Josh Modell, writing for The A.V. Club, gave the album a B rating and said it might be Morrissey's best release since You Are the Quarry.[10] Alexis Petridis in The Guardian also gave it three out of five stars, describing it as "your standard Morrissey solo album ... not bad, but not built to reach far beyond his standard fanbase."[12] Jordan Bassett, writing for NME, gave the album two out of five stars, stating "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."[15]

AccoladesEdit

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Radio X 30 Best New Albums of 2017
N/A

Track listingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Love, I'd Do Anything for You"
  • Morrissey
  • Mando Lopez
4:43
2. "I Wish You Lonely"
2:59
3. "Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage"
  • Morrissey
  • Boorer
4:19
4. "Home Is a Question Mark"
  • Morrissey
  • Lopez
4:00
5. "Spent the Day in Bed"
  • Morrissey
  • Gustavo Manzur
3:31
6. "I Bury the Living"
7:25
7. "In Your Lap"
  • Morrissey
  • Manzur
4:36
8. "The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel"
  • Morrissey
  • Manzur
4:57
9. "All the Young People Must Fall in Love"
  • Morrissey
  • Boorer
3:37
10. "When You Open Your Legs"
  • Morrissey
  • Tobias
3:17
11. "Who Will Protect Us from the Police?"
  • Morrissey
  • Boorer
4:05
12. "Israel"
  • Morrissey
  • Manzur
5:56
Total length: 53:25

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 81
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 67
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[24] 40
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 20
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 71
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 15
Irish Albums (IRMA)[28] 8
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29] 36
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[30] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[32] 36
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 5
US Billboard 200[35] 20

ReferencesEdit

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