Morrissey--Ringleader of the Tormentors - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Lemonade Stand > Lemonade Stand Archive
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-31-2006, 06:53 PM   #1
Blue Crack Supplier
lazarus's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 35,911
Local Time: 08:42 PM
Morrissey--Ringleader of the Tormentors

I know there's a pre-existing Moz thread, but this album really deserves its own.

I'm blown away. As much as I like You Are The Quarry, it was more for its standout tracks than any kind of real consistency. And while there may not be anything on ROTT as instantly addictive as First of the Gang to Die, as an album it's the strongest since Vauxhall and I, and quite possibly the best album of Morrissey's solo career?

Why? In short, it fucking rocks, man. One would have to go back to Your Arsenal to find this much power. There aren't a lot of quiet tracks. But more importantly, on my first listen I just wasn't hearing any filler. I'm on my fourth go-around, and while there are certainly songs that are weaker than others, I'm liking EVERYTHING.

I don't want to ruin the surprises on this album by overdescribing them--there are a lot of interesting choices and instrumentation here, and I'm sure a good deal credit goes to producer Tony Visconti for that. When I first heard Morrissey was working with this legend, I was excited, and the collaboration paid off big time. Getting fellow legend (film score composer) Ennio Morricone to participate is just the tip of the iceberg. Recorded in Italy, the sound palette is broader this time, an exoticism at times that steers Moz a bit further away from his British origins. There are horns, there are strings, there are children's choruses. A lot of depth.

As I don't have the lyrics to look at, I can't really judge it on that end, but it was nice to hear, for the second album in a row, a leadoff track that takes a jab at everyone's favorite Imperialist nation. Moz is definitely not afraid of biting the hand that feeds him. There are the usual ruminations of mortality, loneliness,lost childhood, etc., but it's certainly not limited to that.

Hope some of you don't have to wait another four days to hear this--it's that good.

lazarus is offline  
Old 04-01-2006, 11:12 AM   #2
patske's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Belgium, Leuven
Posts: 1,310
Local Time: 05:42 AM
Got the new album.. and indeed better then You are the quarry..
i still rate Vauxhall and I as his best solo album, but this one comes close..

patske is offline  
Old 04-08-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Elvis Presley's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 5,058
Local Time: 11:42 PM
Id like to hear more opinions on this, ive heard some say its his best solo work and others have called it unlistenable. Ive only heard 2 tracks so far, im withholding judgement...
Elvis Presley is offline  
Old 04-08-2006, 11:57 AM   #4
Blue Crack Supplier
lazarus's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Los Angeles, California
Posts: 35,911
Local Time: 08:42 PM
I can't believe no one else is talking about this album. I guess to the uninitiated, it might just sound like the same old Morrissey. But for people like myself who have been following his career, he really does sound rejuvenated.

It's holding up after a week of listening contantly as well.
lazarus is offline  
Old 04-08-2006, 02:52 PM   #5
Rock n' Roll Doggie
UnforgettableLemon's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Lansdale, PA
Posts: 7,285
Local Time: 10:42 PM
I've not had the opportunity to pick it up yet.
UnforgettableLemon is offline  
Old 04-08-2006, 03:39 PM   #6
War Child
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 672
Local Time: 03:42 AM
Sounds like he might finally be shagging a bit.
barlowdog is offline  
Old 04-08-2006, 05:40 PM   #7
Rock n' Roll Doggie
LJT's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Belfast
Posts: 5,039
Local Time: 04:42 AM
^the world has ended

LJT is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright ©