On October 25, Morrissey released "I Wish You Lonely," the second single from his upcoming album, Low In High School. The track features an earnestness rarely found on his last album, 2014's World Peace Is None of Your Business, and soars with an intensity more akin to his work with The Smiths.
When I first heard "I Wish You Lonely," I wondered if Morrissey's lyrics were as blunt and confrontational as the sound. I analyzed the lyrics, and found three major themes: Authority, Death, and Monotony. Below, you'll find my analysis, and my final thoughts about the song.
Authority: x4political dissent, and he's frequently put that disenfranchisement in his songs. "I Wish You Lonely" is no different.
Final Thoughts: "I Wish You Lonely" reinvigorated my interest in Morrissey's upcoming album. I found his previous single, "Spent the Day in Bed," a bit toothless, but this song's unapologetic attitude is exciting. I've always thought Morrissey is his best when taking some political faction to task, and "I Wish You Lonely" has that covered.
Low In High School is set to release November 17, 2017.
MGMT released their first single in four years, "Little Dark Age," last Tuesday. It's an unusually dark song for normally bright and poppy MGMT. Icy synths weave throughout the track, reminding me of '80s goth bands like The Cure, and Depeche Mode. Despite the darker territory, MGMT still bring infectious melodies to the forefront, making "Little Dark Age" one of my favorite singles of the year. Their new album, Little Dark Age, is expected to release in early 2018.
Upon hearing MGMT's newer, darker sound, I wondered if the lyrics had a similar tone. To find out, I analyzed "Little Dark Age" to see what themes I could find. I discovered four themes in "Little Dark Age": Death, Horror, Sadness, and Time. Below, you'll find my analysis, and the data I gathered to write my analysis.
Final Thoughts: The lyrics in "Little Dark Age" definitely match the music's nocturnal tone. I don't think the lyrics are meant to be taken completely serious though. MGMT have always brought whimsy to their music, and it's no different here. The song is undoubtedly dark, but there is a tangible hint of fun beneath all the darkness, like a party teetering on the brink of chaos. MGMT is reveling in their new sound.