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'World Peace Is None Of Your Business' came out earlier this week

One of Morrissey‘s bandmates has said that the former Smiths frontman was in “great spirits” whilst recording his new album, ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’, in France earlier this year.

Speaking to NME in an issue that is available on newsstands from today (July 16) or available digitally now drummer Matt Walker commented: “Morrissey was in great spirits while making this record. He was inspired, happy to be in the studio. Everyone was encouraged to experiment, to push the envelope.”

Morrissey’s guitarist Jesse Tobias added: “There was definitely a fresh hunger.” New bandmember, multi-instrumentalist Gustavo Manzur, explained that during the recording process, Morrissey summed up the record by saying, “‘We are sitting on a monster.'”

“That was how we felt every time we left the studio after a listen back,” Manzur commented. “Even at the earlier stages of the session, we were so pleased with what we had just done that it even felt a bit surreal.”

‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and released on Monday (July 14).

The ‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’ tracklisting is:

‘World Peace Is None Of Your Business’
‘Neal Cassady Drops Dead’
‘Istanbul’
‘I’m Not A Man’
‘Earth Is The Loneliest Planet’
‘Staircase At The University’
‘The Bullfighter Dies’
‘Kiss Me A Lot’
‘Smiler With Knife’
‘Kick The Bride Down the Aisle’
‘Mountjoy’
‘Oboe Concerto’

Also available now is an NME Special Collector’s Edition magazine tracing the solo career of Morrissey.

Telling the story of Morrissey’s solo career through archive NME and Melody Maker interviews and classic and rare photographs, it also includes brand new features about his eventful 1991 and 1992 US tours, his early 2000s hiatus and whether 2014 will be his greatest comeback yet. With brand new re-evaluations of every solo Morrissey work, it’s a comprehensive guide to all things Moz.

The 100-page, glossy edition is available now priced at £5.99. You can order the print edition, download it for iPad or iPhone or find it on newsstands.

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