Take That aren’t the only Manchester, England, natives with new music on the way. Following the revelation two weeks ago that Morrissey is not only writing a novel, but also recording a new album (due out in the latter half of the year), it’s been announced that the pop-rock legend has signed a worldwide deal with Capitol Music Group’s Harvest Records. And he’ll be touring in 2014, according to a press release.
Morrissey’s last LP, Years Of Refusal, was released in 2009. Since then, the singer has been without a label deal. Moz found his way back into the popular consciousness with his 2013 Autobiography, a highly-quotable tome that topped the UK bestseller list for five weeks last fall, and saw a US release in December. (Well, we liked it. It has, however, been nominated for Hatchet Job Of The Year in Great Britain.)
While answering fan questions submitted by the fan site True To You, Morrissey also indicated that he’s prepping new music material: “Well, we are about to record our new album, and one of the tracks is called ‘Istanbul’.”
“Morrissey is clearly one of music’s most important and influential artists,” Capitol Music Group Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett said in the press lease. “He is the rare soul who has stayed consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s. We are so happy that he has chosen Capitol Music Group as his home and that his forthcoming album on Harvest will bring new Morrissey music to the world.”
Morrissey’s upcoming LP will be quite a milestone for the meat-loathing crooner, in that it’ll be his 10th solo album since The Smiths disbanded in 1987. It’s been noted that recording will take place later this month in France with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Killers, Christina Perri).
It all sounds like a recipe for a great comeback, especially given that Morrissey’s You Are The Quarry, his 2004 album that followed a similar, seven-year recording hiatus, was one of his most solid efforts to-date.
Now, let’s round things out with this appropriately-titled Moz classic:
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