Morrissey announces new album ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’ and shares first single

It's his first album of original material since 'Low In High School'

Morrissey has announced details of ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’, his 13th solo album.

The latest offering from the former Smiths frontman will arrive on March 20 and marks his latest collaboration with producer Joe Chicharelli. It was recorded during sessions at Studio La Fabrique in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, and Hollywood’s Sunset Sound.

“I have now produced four studio albums for Morrissey,” said Chicarelli. 

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“This is his boldest and most adventurous album yet. He has pushed the boundaries yet again – both musically and lyrically. And once again proving that as a songwriter and singer, he is in his own category. In truth, no one can be Morrissey but… Morrissey!”

He has also launched the album by sharing lead single ‘Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?’, a collaboration with Motown legend Thelma Houston.

Check out the tracklisting in full below.

  1. ‘Jim Jim Falls’
  2. ‘Love Is On Its Way Out’
  3. ‘Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?’
  4. ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’
  5. ‘What Kind of People Live in These Houses?’
  6. ‘Knockabout World’
  7. ‘Darling, I Hug A Pillow’
  8. ‘Once I Saw the River Clean’
  9. ‘The Truth About Ruth’
  10. ‘The Secret of Music’
  11. ‘My Hurling Days Are Done’

It will be the first album of original material since 2017’s ‘Low In High School‘, and follows his 2019 cover album ‘California Son‘ – which featured collaborations with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste.

In October 2019, Morrissey raised eyebrows by selling records that he’s signed himself by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop.

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The former Smiths frontman also made headlines by wearing a cut-off t-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘FUCK THE GUARDIAN‘ at his Hollywood Bowl show in LA. The shirt was available to purchase at the merch stand, along with some signed records.

Morrissey has come to blows with The Guardian over the paper’s coverage of his recent covers album ‘California Son‘ and his support of the controversial far-right group, For Britain. Morrissey has denied accusations of racism.

The US tour also saw Morrissey kick out two protestors from a show last month, after they took issue with his support of far-right group For Britain.

In 2018, it emerged that Morrissey’s ‘former fans’ were set to hold an anti-racism party in Manchester on the same night that the singer was due to perform in the city. The star’s entire UK and European tour was subsequently postponed, with some speculating that the move was in response to the planned protest.

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