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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Day 938 - Moz Back in LA and The Knife Shift by Kristeen Young Reviewed.

It has now become more apparent as to why the three (four if you count Astraea) Morrissey's appeared yesterday, it was because Moz was just about to leave France, to head back to LA. It isn't the first time that Moz has paid a visit to The Arms before jetting off, and it makes me wonder if he sees it as leaving a final message, just incase..... well, you know!

Anyway, Moz is back in LA! He was photographed this morning (which would have been last night in LA) arriving at LAX International Airport wearing a floral shirt..... of course!

The boy is still in shock! & I think we all are! Extremely happy for my friend Joe from (#louderthanbombs) meets his #idol & #hero #Morrissey lastnight @ #tombradleyinternationalterminal #LAX #LosAngeles #MozAngeles #mozarmy #bluerosesociety #mozzeriansaroundtheworld #wearemozzerians #mozlove #hellyea #amazing #excited #overjoyed #smithsmozcon #Moz#inmozwetrust #mozzer #mozapan #mozfansunite #mozzerpan #mozdaily #dailymoz
MORRISSEY AT LA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LAST NIGHT - PICTURED WITH JOE NAPOLES FROM THE SMITHS TRIBUTE BAND 'LOUDER THAN BOMBS'...... WHO LOOKS LIKE HE MAY BE HAVING A STROKE..... AM I ALLOWED TO WRITE THAT, OR IS IT TOO SICK TO EVEN THINK SUCH A THING? OH, BUGGER IT, WHO CARES?

The fact that Morrissey was flying overnight, would presumably mean that he didn't post this anonymous comment on my blog, or could it be that he had inflight internet access, and the "just passing by" comment was literal, as he flew past Britain?:

Airbrushed?
Insolent!

P. Nya c/o Lada - Just passing by

According to BRS member, Clover Dean, who was at LAX Airport, Moz arrived with both Liam and Damon. Why am I writing this? My blog is supposed to be about MorrisseysWorld and the Blue Rose Society, not about stalking The Moz. I shall stop right now, and go back to listening to my new Kristeen Young album, which arrived yesterday. I have been listening to it all day, and I LOVE IT! The stand out tracks so far are Track 1- This is War, Track 2 Pearl of a Girl...... actually, I think I will do a short review:

THE KNIFE SHIFT - KRISTEEN YOUNG












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1. THIS IS WAR 
     The perfect track to start the album. Kristeen comes out all guns blaring, all knives slashing, and all keyboards hammering. It feels almost like a live recording and from the very first note, you get the urge to pogo..... you don't see that word used much these days! This is NOT a tap your foot song, "THIS IS WAR", and any song with the the lyric, "I hate you so hard I see stars" has to be good, and it is, in fact, it's VERY good. Guitars by Tony Visconti and Dave Grohl.


DAVE GROHL - PLAYS GUITAR ON SOME TRACKS, INCLUDING THIS IS WAR, AND DRUMS ON EVERY TRACK

2. PEARL OF A GIRL
"It's so severe, it's brutal." I absolutely LOVE this track, and it's another 'in your face' song that just demands to be listened to at full volume. It is also COMPULSORY to scream the "na na na nuff" lyrics at the top of your voice. The song title comes from the 1962 film 'David and Lisa', which is about a man and woman who meet in a residential treatment centre. Lisa has a dissociative identity disorder (don't we all!), whilst David has OCD. The video to this song features Kristeen reading a book called C**t. It doesn't get better than this. Visconti guitar.




3. PICTURES OF SASHA GREY
This song is Kristeen's observation of the abuse left my men on the Facebook page of former porn star Sasha Grey. Once somebody has been a porn star, can they ever move on? Interestingly, Sasha Grey bears an uncanny resemblance to Kristeen, which is perhaps what drew KY in.
After four plays, this song hasn't gripped me like others on the album, but Kristeen's vocals are as amazing as ever, and as we all know, sometimes it takes quite a while for certain album tracks to take hold. Guitar Lou Rossi.


SASHA GREY - NO LONGER A PORN STAR, AND BEARING AN UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO KY


4. I'LL SHOW YOU
Back on the bike. Another thumping entrance, with Grohl giving the skins a right good going over, whilst KY smashes into the keyboards and lyrically lays into somebody from her past, as she sings, "I'm gonna show you I'm not the same way I was then." And some more great lyrics, "Looking on the outside, always on the outside. But, what do you know about the outside?" Guitars Visconti & Grohl.




5. JEALOUS OF LOVED CHILDREN
The pace is slowed down, guitars are put away, and the vocal range is racked up as Kristeen asks, "Just for one time, what would it be like to feel that I'm loved and not only jealous of loved children?" Very Morrisseyesque, which obviously makes it instantly likeable.




6. ROUGH UP THE GROOVE
And from Moz, to Boz, as Boz Boorer puts in an appearance on guitar. Grohl and Young once again get the song off to a stonking start, but this one is more of a foot tapper rather than a pogoer, although that doesn't mean it's less of a song than the opening two tracks, it's not, it's one of my favourites. The song is about Kristeen's early days in St Loius, where she refused to tow the line and "dress like a feminist". Kristeen has explained in interview that "many of the songs are about my experiences growing up in St Louis, and musically I went back to my first loves in many ways. One of my biggest influences has always been the film, 'Urgh! A Music War', not just one band in the film, but all of them." I would bet any money that one of Kristeen's favourite songs in the film is 'Tear It Up' by The Cramps.



7. THE ANSWER TO ALL YOUR PROBLEMS IS IN THIS LITTLE BOTTLE
"Should I call upon all my powers and save his pitiful life?" I'm not sure if this song is written about a real experience, but somebody certainly let somebody down. Grohl is back on guitar for this track which is good without being a highlight of the album.



8. EVERYTHING IS MINE BECAUSE I AM POOR
Kristeen moves out of the box to take a look at the world and ownership. An 80s feel to this track, thanks in no small part to Visconti's excellent bass playing.

Giving birth. Pre-sales start tomorrow.
PHOTO COPYRIGHT KRISTEEN YOUNG - USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

9. RED
A song from Kristeen's youth explaining that beneath the various skin colours, we all have red blood, although the red can be brought to the surface with "passion circles of purple", which is the greatest description EVER of a love bite! I bet Kristeen also liked Devo's 'Uncontrollable Urge' from 'Urgh! A Music War'.



10. PUT DOWN
I really, really like this song, in fact, I think it is probably my favourite song of the album. Kristeen explains to an old friend that he needs to, "put down every little thing that takes from you and feeeeeeeeel." She also tells him, "You wear the skin of a friend I used to have. What have you done with him?" This song is both beautiful and touching, and quite possibly the best song that Kristeen has ever written. Has anybody ever sung the word "feel" with more feeling? I don't think so. The fact that 'Brooklyn' and 'Baby' are mentioned in the lyrics, could suggest that the subject matter of the song is Kristeen's former drummer, 'Baby' Jeff White, but this is purely speculation on my part. Let's hope that whoever the song is about, they listen to the words of a friend, and take the advice being given. Guitars from Visconti, Rossi and Grohl, but it is Kristeen who absolutely owns this song.



11. THEN, I SCREAMED
Forget what I just wrote, this is my favourite song of the album, it HAS to be! I stood mesmerised watching Kristeen sing it for the very first time last January in New York, and it still manages to have the same grip. It will always grip. I do not exaggerate for a song review!



All Vocals and Keyboards Kristeen Young. All bass Tony Visconti. All drums Dave Grohl.

Tonight, Kristeen starts her Wednesday night April residency in The Bowery Electric. I wish I lived in New York..... or LA!










And finally, for no reason whatsoever, some pictures:












BLUE ROSE BY COMRADE HARPS


22 comments:

  1. Wifi on the plane and mid-flight boredom is a possible reason for the Arms activity.

    And thank you for the shirtless photo, one is better than none!

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  2. Morrissey looks as handsome as ever, relaxed and healthy.
    I am very pleased to see him looking so well.

    Margarita

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    1. He looks wonderful, happy to have gotten a glimpse!

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  3. Moz always looks sharp in the floral shirts and this one is no exception. Glad that he arrived safely in LA. Thanks for the detailed review, Rats, and congrats to Kristeen for the spectacular new album. (Btw Ratty, it's Tony Visconti, not Toni.)

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  4. merci beaucoup

    Art need no logical reason.

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  5. sorry to burst your bubble but he was in london for some time before leaving for LAX and as for wifi on BA planes they are only testing this on certain planes at the moment, it will eventually be rolled out across the fleet.. but i'm afraid..

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    1. Stalker, Manc lad! Fifi commented on the evening of April 7th that 'Contempt' was on the telly in France, which doesn't necessarily mean that Fifi was definitely still in France, but it would seem to indicate that she was. As to whether Morrissey was in France, who cares? I'm only really interested in his shadows.

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    2. nope if i was a stalker i would be in LA.. just correcting your mistakes, after all someone has to brush up

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    3. Mistakes? Are you the grim raker?

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    4. Or maybe Fifi is not who you think she/he is?

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    5. I agree with anonymous.
      I have my own theory on fifi. I think she is a 30-something french spinster who has no friends.
      She doesn't work and is on benefits.
      She doesn't speak to anyone but her horse.
      She's read too much Cocteau and watched too much Godard and she is boring us with her french so called culture.
      Go back where you came from Fifi, we don't need you here.

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    6. P. Nya c/o Lada is not fifi. A man with shiny shoes told me so.

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    7. Noooooo! You mean, Fifi has been put to bed? Who shall we have in her place? I look forward to an answer.

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    8. Fifi was sent to shimmy rehab.
      Interviews to find her replacement are currently running.
      Applications can be sent to the Boorer vineyard.

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    9. She did have a tendency to over-shimmy...silly flighty little filly...& she still owes me a Babycham..Hopefully her replacement will also enjoy being slapped by plimsolls....

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  6. Lucky Joe! Good to see Moz looking lovely in his floral shirt.

    Interesting review Rats. You have prompted me to order the album, looking forward to hearing it.

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  7. http://www.morrissey-solo.com/threads/78501-Morrissey-letters

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    1. Very interesting and worth checking out.
      Moz's interaction with fans has been going on
      a long time.

      Grey Goose

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    2. This story is old..... http://www.morrissey-solo.com/threads/62115-Morrissey-letters

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    3. How have these letters got something to do with Moz's interaction with the fans?

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  8. Nice to see Morrissey looking so healthy, and thanks Mr Ratty for the pics, you can never go wrong with pics of Moz on your blog. Also, thanks for the review on Kristeen Young's CD, I will probably order it now. BRS
    Fancy123

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  9. Rats , My copy of "The Knife Shift" has arrived. I have been digging on it big time.

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