Morrissey’’s 2004 release “You are the Quarry” was an epic comeback album from one of the most inspirational musical figures in the last couple decades. After taking an extremely long break from releasing solo albums (about 7 years), Morrissey proved to the world that he still had it. “You are the Quarry” paved the way for packed stadiums to see Morrissey all over the world. The awaited release of “Ringleader of the Tormentors” followed Morrissey’’s renewed success.
Morrissey is known to be the man who says what he thinks in a way that seems to be totally unaffected by any aspects of life expect for pure emotion. Morrissey’’s purity is one aspect that has gained him so many fans before and since The Smiths broke up. “Ringleader of the Tormentors” doesn’t lack what a typical Morrissey album must contain; to the point lyrics, heart break, and alienation. “You Have Killed Me” is the first single off “Ringleader of the Tormentors” and it definitely compares to Morrissey’’s last album’s big single “Irish Blood, English Heart” which had me singing along for months, well, I still sing along when I hear it. Recorded in Italy and featuring iconic composer Ennio Morricone (best known for writing the soundtrack to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ) “Ringleader of the Tormentors” has an all-star lineup. “Ringleader of the Tormentors” does not disappoint if you liked “You Are The Quarry” which was a prime example of Morrissey’’s work. A little less catchy, this album requires more listening and an open mind, especially if you are new to Morrissey, but don’t let that scare you, has Morrissey ever disappointed?
release date: Friday, April 14, 2006