You Are The Quarry Review

artist: morrissey date: 03/23/2007 category: compact discs
morrissey: You Are The Quarry
Release Date: May 18, 2004
Label: Attack/Sanctuary
Genres: Alternative Pop/ Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
It's merely a very good Morrissey album, living up to his legacy without expanding it greatly.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.7 
 Users rating:
 9.3 
 Votes:
 16 
review (1) 2 comments vote for this album:
overall: 8.7
You Are The Quarry Reviewed by: adamr20, on march 23, 2007
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Sound: A dramatic shift in tone in comparison to his first solo album, Bona Drag, Quarry features a sunnier sound to the Mancunian miserablist, as well as a sharper tongue. Morrissey seems to have gone back to his roots, with songs outlining his childhood and Irish heritage, though others (for example the unforgettable I Have Forgiven Jesus) have a slightly more universal message. Moz's next album, Ringleader Of The Tormentors, would feature a darker, and heavier tone, so this album seems to me a perfect initation album to those really discovering Morrissey, with catchy riffs and gorgeous mixing. // 9

Lyrics: Of course, Morrissey is renowned for his biting, caustic, world-weary view of just about everything. Quarry is no different. As well as the initially misleading America Is Not The World, other songs, ie This World Is Full Of Crashing Bores, suggest rejection and self-deprecation that feature in the majority of Morrissey's albums, which may lead some cynics to focus on Morrissey's 'self-centred' approach to music. However, I have some qualms regarding America Is Not The World. For a first track, it lacks punch lyrically, though excuse me for having this view. This 'injustice' is soon reconciled by stunning lyrical masterpieces in terms of Let Me Kiss You and the strangely poignant First Of The Gang To Die. // 8

Overall Impression: You Are The Quarry is, amongst other opinions, a genuinely magical album, headed by excellent singles, namely First Of The Gang To Die, and Irish Blood, English Heart: they'll definitely send a shiver down the spine of those in the know. With it's seemingly large production values, leading to a beautifully mixed sound, announcing the new dawn for Morrissey after the 7-year drought post-Maladjusted, the album is fantastically penetrable, and will not disappoint the avid Moz-fans out there, not to mention those who are only just getting into the artist's ideology. You Are The Quarry is, to say in a word, faultless, but to extend that, Quarry sets a new standard for the legend of alternative rock. And that, friends, is a fact. // 9

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