Former Smiths frontman Morrissey’s thirteenth studio album will hit the shelves in March 2020, according to a statement on the singer’s official website. Berlin-based label BMG—which has worked with The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Cranberries and Iggy Pop, among others—is behind the album, which was recorded in St-Remy, France, and produced by repeat collaborator Joe Chiccarelli.
Called I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, the new record contains 11 tracks:
Jim Jim Falls
Love Is On Its Way Out
Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?
I Am Not A Dog On A Chain
What Kind Of People Live In These Houses?
Darling, I Hug A Pillow
Once I Saw The River Clean
The Truth About Ruth
The Secret Of Music
My Hurling Days Are Done
The lead single is “Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?” featuring Thelma Houston, best known for her 1977 hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” According to the Morrissey Central website, “Morrissey has described I Am Not A Dog On A Chain as: ‘ … the very best of me … too good to be true … too true to be considered good …’, and concludes Morrissey’s contract with BMG Records.”
Morrissey’s solo career began when the Smiths split up in 1987. His first solo album, Viva Hate, was released the following year and reached number 1 in the UK. 1994’s Vauxhall and I also peaked at number 1 in the UK charts, as did 2006’s Ringleader of the Tormentors. His last album, California Son, an eclectic collection of cover songs, was released in May to mixed reviews.
Morrissey has fallen out of favor with much of the UK press in recent years after making a number of controversial statements and lending his support to the right-wing political party For Britain.