- 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.
- Record Label: Attack/Sanctuary
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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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.
Sep 12, 2012After a seven year gap between studio albums, one may be forgiven for thinking that Morrissey is no longer relevant in the music industry of today. Times have changed and we have seen the rise and fall of various musical trends such as the end of Britpop and the rise of art rock in the form of bands such as Franz Ferdinand. The question being: where does Moz fit in to all this? Quite frankly, he doesn't and this is partially the reason as to why this album is such a joy from start to finish. I would argue that no-one with such a large audience speaks so freely and truthfully.
I am reviewing this 8 years after release having only discovered it in the past year (I know, a little slow on the uptake). However, with the benefit of hindsight, I can say that this album ranks up with Morrissey's finest e.g. Your Arsenal, Vauxhall And I. This is perhaps because the songs on the album have been tried and tested to live audiences for years now. Lyrically, the album very much resembles the cover shot of Moz standing alone, pin-striped, guns loaded. Here, he takes on everyone from America, Tories, the Labour Party and my personal favourite slamming of "lock-jawed pop stars, thicker than pig sh*t".
At first the production may seem a little odd and I do think that it does become somewhat overbearing on some tracks that can really stand for themselves such as the albums opener "America Is Not The World" but this is only a minor gripe.
The albums true highlights are the singles "Irish Blood, English Heart", "First Of The Gang To Die" and the beautiful melodies and vocal acrobatics of "Come Back To Camden" and "Let Me Kiss You". But I suspect that the true Morrissey fans will be happy to hear that the Morrissey of old with his smooth wit and dark imagery is back and present in such tracks as "This World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" which in particular has a wonderful social and cultural commentary as well as the emotional and personal song "How Could Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?". And this is where Morrissey succeeds the most, in the way that he can both shock ("I Have Forgiven Jesus"), provide an intelligent and familiar view on modern day popular culture as well as giving the audience a rich variety of emotions that he/she will be able to connect with. In conclusion, Morrissey has returned on form and has surpassed expectations. While the production by Jerry Finn leaves a bit to be desired, it doesn't detract from the brilliance of the vocal melodies nor the witty and insightful lyrics created by the man himself. This album rocks harder than Vauxhall And I but has a fairly similar sound without being as safe as that album was. All in all, one of the fine comeback albums of the 2000's and I cannot recommend this enough.… Expand
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