Sometimes, it seems like there are two types of people in the world: Those who revere Morrissey and those who want to punch him in the face (or worse). How you react to his latest album, Low in High School, will depend on which group you fall into.

The new LP has pretty much everything that both Moz-lovers and Moz-haters have come to expect. There are his patented luscious, swooning vocals, which even at this late date remain remarkably untarnished by age. There’s the blend of anthemic rock and lounge jazz. There’s the luxuriantly romantic yearning, which finds its most touching expression here on “Home is a Question Mark:” [LISTEN]

And as that “every bogus music mogul” bit hints, there’s Morrissey’s acid tongue, which has long been one of his saving graces.

But above all else, Low in High School features Morrissey’s colossal, impregnable, life-and-career-defining self-involvement. It takes center stage on the opening track, “My Love, I’d Do Anything for You:” [LISTEN]

And here we come to the inevitable line in the sand: Just how much of Morrissey’s self-absorbed moaning and groaning are you willing to take? For example, you may well share some of Morrissey’s frustration with mainstream media, which he rails against on “Spent the Day in Bed:” [LISTEN]

However, what about his advice to “be good to yourself for once” and stay in bed? It’s great that he can boast about “no bus, no boss, no rain, no train,” but millions of others aren’t so fortunate.

Also, skeptics might reasonably ask why they should care what this exceptionally privileged white male thinks about American imperialism (“The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel”), career soldiers (“I Bury the Living”) and police repression (“Who Will Protect Us from the Police?”). These jibes are certainly less noxious than Moz’s recent comments on Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, but they won’t win him any awards for empathy or sociopolitical acumen.

Lyrically, the album’s high point is the closing track “Israel,” in which Morrissey puts himself down in the muck with other Earthly sufferers: [LISTEN]