Morrissey – You are the Quarry (2004)
What do people think of when they think of Morrissey?
Let’s see: miserable/sad bastard, says stupid things, can only sing 3 notes, and according to one High Court Judge, he is “devious, truculent, and unreliable.”
So I obviously enjoy when friends say, “I think of you when I think of Morrissey!” 😀
Recently, my afternoon was made when my friend Heather sent me the link, “21 charts that only Morrissey fans will find funny.”
It appears I’m part of the target audience as I thought the collection of charts & graphs was the cat’s pyjamas. It also inspired me to create some of my own diagrams for this review.
I’d love to highlight all 12 You are the Quarry tracks but out of respect for your time &/or due to my inability to create more than 3 graphics, the opening trio will act as a representative sample for the album. Bonus marks if you can guess the track names based on the hastily assembled Powerpoint slides!
Though LL Cool J once advised, “Don’t call it a comeback,” it’s hard to view this record through any other lens.
Despite fleeing to the U.S., he chose to open his first studio album in 7 years by telling his new home of America just where they could shove their hamburger!
Hopefully by the end of 2016, this song will need yet another lyric revision to the line, “But where the President is never black, female, or gay.”
A bold, if unspectacular, opener.
On the second song however, he’s back to his spectacular self.
Song 2 is comparable in feel and is probably his best song since The Boy Racer. It’s actually not dissimilar to Blur’s Song 2 for that matter, though without the chorus screams (can you really picture Morrissey screaming?).
Even if there will never be another partnership quite like Morrissey/Marr, Alain Whyte was an underrated songwriting partner. It’s a shame he isn’t writing with Morrissey any more. From my gateway Moz song, We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful, to their last epic, Life is a Pigsty, they put together a pretty impressive body of work.
Speaking of super song titles:
I’m glad to hear he’s capable of forgiveness; I’d imagine many Canadian fans are still struggling to be as accepting of his decision/publicity stunt to boycott Canada because of the Seal Hunt!
Like its title, the song is memorable, as are several of the others (notably First of the Gang to Die) on this 2004 return-to-form release.
I often change my mind as to whether I prefer its follow-up, Ringleader of the Tormentors; either way, it was good to have him back saying questionable things and making some unquestionably great music.