Opening the album, the title track and first single contains some of the more controversial lyrics within this album. Morrissey wails "work hard and sweetly pay your taxes/never asking what for" over the shake and almost melodic piano and guitar chords which all all combine and form a wonderfully prolific album opener. Moving into the second song, Neal Cassidy Drops Dead the controversial lyrics stay the same, however this time the lyrics everyone has babies/babies full of rabies" are sung over harder, rockier riffs and more definite drum beats as opposed to the calm opening track. One of my personal favourite songs off the album, this song shows off Morrissey's musical range while encorperating an almost exotic and spanishy feel which is present on a collection of other songs on this album. The use of guitar plucking and flamenco-esque rhythms makes halfway through the song makes this a gorgeously unique listen. As the album continues, it quickly switches between musical styles, as the third track I'm Not A Man is a stunning ballad, with the vocals being overpowering and the melody playing behind being almost not needed until halfway through when a moody chord progression brings the slower song to life. A truly beautiful track. Istanbul was the second single to be released from this album, and it is my second favourite song overall. The song itself has an almost how-soon-is-now feel to it, with an exceptional combination of a first-rate band and a genius lyricist coming together in the absolute best way on this track. Once again including the exotic feel I mentioned beforehand, it is almost like a Smiths track which has been made in 2014, dragged around in some European culture and then been polished with witty lyricisms from the man himself. This Spanish mood is continued into the next track Earth Is The Loneliest Planet where it is possibly the most present. The opening chords sound like they have been stolen from a flamenco show, but with the lyrics "day after day/you say one day, one day" being warbled over the top in the most artistic way, it all works incredibly well. One of the strongest tracks off the album definitely.
However, this is a review of the deluxe album, meaning there are five bonus tracks, of which my favourite song is a part of. The first four extra tracks are nothing special, although all great songs, they are just once again typical album fillers. However, the final song is probably up there with my favourite Morrissey songs ever. It's my favourite song off this album, and it's called Art Hounds. Starting with an all-trumpet jazzy intro, before launching into an exquisite joining together of excessively pronounced and ingenious lyrics with one of the more energetic and rocky tracks. A sort of Everyday Is Like Sunday vibe comes from this song, but definitely manages to be totally unique aside from the resemblence.
Overall, Morrissey's 10th album has lived up to his extensive reputation and has not disappointed in anyway at all. Well done Moz, you still got it.
Vapour Trail Album Rating: 17/20
(WRITTEN BY POPPY MARRIOTT)