You Are The Quarry

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  • Summary: Morrissey's first studio release since 1997 (and seventh overall) was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jerry Finn (Blink-182, Green Day) and longtime collaborators Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    100
    A set of irresistible tracks both danceable and desolate. [28 May 2004, p.124]
  2. The most entertaining and lushly melodic work of Morrissey's solo career.
  3. The Moz croon is more succulent than ever, and the music productively splits the difference between Your Arsenal's thrusting butchness and Vauxhall & I's voluptuous enervation.
  4. Despite the intervening years, Quarry sounds cut from exactly the same cloth as the last couple of Morrissey albums, which is to say that at best, it represents a bit of a holding pattern and at worst, it continues the slow artistic decline begun with 1995's lackluster Southpaw Grammar.
  5. He submits a dozen songs to crystalline modern engineering and arrangements that place selective bits of mandolin, flute, harp and synthesizer in guitar-and-rhythm grooves, moving forward without losing his identity.
  6. Morrissey's songs rattle and hum with swagger and sour pride.
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    Those looking for the kind of soaring poetry that defined The Smiths will surely be depressed by lyrics that are often boringly solipsistic and prosaically worded. [Jun 2004, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. EndaM
    Mar 14, 2007
    10
    Absolutely excellent. I often return to this record and have SUCH a soft spot for it even now.
  2. KyleW
    Jan 17, 2005
    10
    I love Morrisssey
  3. bulute
    Jan 4, 2006
    10
    Good works and sad songs are in this album.Todays its hard to find good albums but Morrissey is still with us.
  4. JohnB
    May 30, 2004
    9
    This album becomes more and more amazing the oftener I hear it - I am enchanted and happy-saddened by 'I'm Not Sorry' and This album becomes more and more amazing the oftener I hear it - I am enchanted and happy-saddened by 'I'm Not Sorry' and 'America is Not The World' - there is a beautiful sweep and bend in Morrissey's voice I have not heard before - I feel as though he is once again at the height of his powers. Revenge is so so so sweet. Expand
  5. moomoo
    Feb 15, 2006
    9
    I really enjoy this album. As some mentioned, it's not quite The Smiths, but duh - it's not a Smiths record! :P
  6. S.L.O'Robot
    Apr 8, 2006
    8
    I came to the party a little late with Morrissey, not really giving him much credence until I heard the collection, "Bona Drag," which I I came to the party a little late with Morrissey, not really giving him much credence until I heard the collection, "Bona Drag," which I still cherish. I am, however, one of the few who grew up in the 80's who can't be bothered with The Smiths, whom I believe to be staggeringly overrated. That said, I picked up "Quarry" after ignoring most of his solo output, and I found it to be damned near brilliant. Excellent to the point of almost being essential. Expand
  7. spankym
    May 27, 2004
    3
    if you like the music of foreigner and bad company, or any other cheesy third tier 70's rock, with the vocals substituted and saturated if you like the music of foreigner and bad company, or any other cheesy third tier 70's rock, with the vocals substituted and saturated with a heavy, melodramatic, semi-melody syrup--packed with some painfully lame and self-important lyrics that are neither strong enough to have any relevance beyond juvenile musings on "america not being the world" (which, you would think would be quite the opposite given the current state of affairs if it was done by someone more insightful and less self-conscious about his poofy hair do and about what sheepish hipsters he can impress)--then buy this and pretend it's real hip...some people will, mostly 'cause this guy did some cool stuff, oh, i don't know...almost 20 years ago...yea, that's not a good enough reason for me either. Expand

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