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The Morrissey Effect

Joe Chiccarelli & Maxime Le Guil: Recording Low In High School
Published February 2018
By Dan Daley

When you’re recording a Morrissey album, you need to be ready for anything...

He is always outspoken, often outrageously so. He can be a verbal bull in a cultural china shop. He’ll bluntly mix politics with business. A certain US president? No, it’s Morrissey, who was very much in character when, a month or so ahead of the mid-November drop of his latest LP, he told a live BBC audience that the UKIP leadership election was rigged and declared his support for an independent Catalonia.

Tendentious he may be, but you can’t call Morrissey quixotic. Unlike a certain US president, he picks a team and stays with it. For the production of the new album, Low In High School, the mercurial Mancunian again employed producer Joe Chiccarelli and engineer Maxime Le Guil, both of whom had worked on its predecessor, 2014’s World Peace Is None Of Your Business. The same loyalty extended to the band, which included veterans of the last record such as long-time guitarist and musical director Boz Boorer, guitarist Jesse Tobias, bassist Solomon Walker, drummer Matt Walker and keyboardist Gustavo Manzur. “Their team spirit was impressive,” Chiccarelli observes. “Morrissey really does trust and rely on these guys.”

Team photo: producer Joe Chiccarelli (right) and engineer Maxime Le Guil were reunited for Low In High School, having worked together on Morrissey’s previous album in 2012.Team photo: producer Joe Chiccarelli (right) and engineer Maxime Le Guil were reunited for Low In High School, having worked together on Morrissey’s previous album in 2012.Photo: Joe ChiccarelliMorrisey's Low In The High School album sleeve artwork.Chiccarelli, an eight-time Grammy Award winner,...

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Published February 2018