Ringleader of the Tormentors

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Is the world ready for a kinder, gentler Morrissey? That's the question diehards might be asking after an initial spin of this disc -- which really ought to swap its forbidding title for something along the lines of Morrissey Finds Love. It soon becomes clear that the answer is a resounding yes. The monarch of mope waxes enthusiastic about matters of the heart -- or at least matters of the bedroom -- on fully half of the cuts here. From the lusty "Dear God, Please Help Me" on which he employs Ennio Morricone to outfit declarations of having "exploding kegs between my legs" in layers of bells, timpani, and organ to the swoony "At Last I Am Born," his utter openness ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Is the world ready for a kinder, gentler Morrissey? That's the question diehards might be asking after an initial spin of this disc -- which really ought to swap its forbidding title for something along the lines of Morrissey Finds Love. It soon becomes clear that the answer is a resounding yes. The monarch of mope waxes enthusiastic about matters of the heart -- or at least matters of the bedroom -- on fully half of the cuts here. From the lusty "Dear God, Please Help Me" on which he employs Ennio Morricone to outfit declarations of having "exploding kegs between my legs" in layers of bells, timpani, and organ to the swoony "At Last I Am Born," his utter openness reveals a love that, for a change, seems requited. Moz being Moz, however, the disc couldn't be all sweetness and light -- as evidenced by the sepulchral "The Father Who Must Be Killed," which, true to its title, tells the tale of a patriarch who meets his demise at the hands of the daughter he abused for ages. Sonically, Ringleader -- which was produced by Tony Visconti, the man who put his stamp on David Bowie classics like Diamond Dogs and Heroes -- is as diverse as anything Morrissey has done as a solo artist, thanks to elements like the wailing, Middle Eastern-tinged guitars that buoy "I Will See You in Far Off Places" and the cinematic sound effects that give "Life Is a Pigsty" its sense of drama. He's not so miserable anymore, but heaven knows, Morrissey still has plenty left to say.
Billboard
Brimming with confidence and wit ("On the Streets I Ran" makes reference to his talent for "turning sickness into popular song," while "In the Future When All's Well" preens like vintage T. Rex), Ringleader proves Morrissey does not need to be miserable to make memorable music. Jonathan Cohen
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2006
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017638835
  • Catalog Number: 41052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morrissey Primary Artist
Boz Boorer Guitar
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Gary Day Bass Guitar
Alain Whyte Guitar, Background Vocals
Jesse Tobias Guitar
Rosella Ruini Choir Director
Michael Farrell Organ, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Keyboards
Andrea Baroni Children's Chorus
Laura Adriani Children's Chorus
Niccolò Centioni Children's Chorus
Giulia DAndrea Children's Chorus
Ester Diodovich Children's Chorus
Marco Lorecchio Children's Chorus
Charlotte Patrignani Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Ennio Morricone Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements
Morrissey Composer, Art Direction
Tony Visconti Producer
Alain Whyte Composer
Jesse Tobias Composer
Michael Farrell Composer
Emily Lazar Mastering
De Marco Patrignani Producer, Engineer
Massimo Sanna Management
Fabio Lovino Cover Photo
Anthony Luis Art Direction
Barbara Mazzon Management
Marco Antoni Martin Origel Engineer
Alberto Rossetto Engineer
Saverio Schiano Engineer
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