Morrissey has been biting his tongue for the past seven years -- You Are the Quarry is his first new disc since 1997's Maladjusted -- so you know he's got plenty of bile to spit out on this long-awaited, rock-centric album. He sounds renewed and revitalized on what can only be described as a kinetic comeback. As always, his clever wordplay and swooning songs coat the bitter pill, as does the amped-up, guitar-centric production from Jerry Finn (Blink 182, Green Day). Morrissey's as acerbic as ever when lashing out at his new home ("America / Your head's too big," he begins his tirade on the elegiac "America Is Not the World," before concluding "I love you"), as he is when lashing out against his native land ("I've been dreaming of a time when / To be English / Is not to be baneful / To be standing by the flag not feeling / Shameful, racist or partial," he laments atop a mountain of careening guitars on "Irish Blood, English Heart"). No surprise to fans of the Mozzer, the disc is chock-full of lines to pore over (have fun with "I Have Forgiven Jesus"), but it's also musically diverse enough to sustain interest without the lyric booklet. He sketches a contemplative tone on "Come Back to Camden," couched in nimble piano and billowing strings, and on the swooning almost-love song "Let Me Kiss You," gilded by a gorgeous vocal refrain. Ringing guitars echo his anger on "How Can Anybody Possibly Know how I Feel?," and "You Know I Couldn't Last" alternates delicate moments with glammy power chords and pounding drums. While a few production flourishes detract from Moz's singular vision (did "I'm Not Sorry" really need that flute bit?), the crunchy guitars and towering sonics largely serve a songwriter and singer who continues to astound, confound, and resound with the truth of the maladjusted loner's life.
Performance CreditsMorrissey Primary Artist
Boz Boorer Guitar
Gary Day Bass Guitar
Alain Whyte Guitar
Roger Manning Keyboards
Dean Butterworth Drums
Technical CreditsBoz Boorer Composer
Joe McGrath Engineer
Morrissey Composer,Cover Design
Alain Whyte Composer
Jerry Finn Producer
Mark Waldrep Authoring
Seth Waldman Engineer
Scott King Cover Design
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You Are the Quarry based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
I have heard the album, and I must say this is the best work he's done since "The Queen is Dead" when he was with The Smiths. Come Back to Camden is the best song on the album, and IBEH is a brilliant single. Any Morrissey fan will most definately want to pick this up, and it could convert some new fans as well.
this cd is pretty darn good. I wouldnt say it is his best album, but it is very good. Vauxhaul and I is definately still one of his best. But this one is pretty good. One thing that did disappoint me was that most of his songs are some kind of protest or message. Its okay to mix beliefs and music sometimes but i think that in this case he shouldnt have. mixing politics and music is irretating and stupid.
Excellent CD- every song is great- especially America is not the world. Morrissey still completely has it.
After all these years -since the '97 'Maladjusted' Morrissey returns, and is better than ever. The most memorable songs are 'America Is Not The World', 'Irish Blood English Heart', 'Come Back to Camden', 'I'm Not Sorry' and 'First of the Gang To Die'.
Sanctuary Records could have had a major hit with this record.....Whoever decided what songs were going to be put on You are the Quarry should never be allowed to make these kind of decisions..They choose the wrong songs....The B sides were the songs I was Expecting from Morrissey.....Munich Air Disaster 1958 is one of Morrisseys greatest moments.....The Never Played Symphonies shows why Morrissey is one of our greatest singers in the last 25 years......If you bought You are the Quarry when it was released.....Go back and buy this edition....It is a good record.....The B sides make it great.......
I love "Irish Blood, English Heart"! The guitars sound so cool! I heard the song on my local rock station, and I thought, "Morrissey still has it!"