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Ringleader Of The Tormentors

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Ringleader of the Tormentors is a savagely alive record. Recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome with long-term hero Tony Visconti (who produced favorite records for T-Rex and David Bowie, during their most creative periods of the 60's and 70s), the album positively crackles with fire. It is, for instance, a far more direct and rocking record than Quarry, which aside from 'Irish Blood, English Heart', was a self-consciously beautiful, and largely symphonic, record. Ringleader of the Tormentors was written by Morrissey with Jesse Tobias, Alain Whyte and Boz Boorer. Sanctuary. 2006.

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If you don't get your hopes up too high, you'll be pleased enough with Morrissey's eighth studio effort. This is not an easy thing to do, of course, even for the casual fan. After all, not only was the Moz's 2004 You Are the Quarry a total return to form after enough of an absence to cause all of the cells in your body to regenerate, but this terrifically titled album finds the iconoclastic singer working with legendary Bowie and T. Rex producer Tony Visconti, all the while aided and abetted by soundtrack giant Ennio Morricone and a children's chorus. How could that go wrong? None of it goes wrong, per se. This isn't a wholesale reworking of an artist's approach à la Trans or something. It simply sounds rather rushed and generic: even the lyrics seem, bizarrely, un-subtle. Fans will no doubt need it (and likely own it already), but neophytes to the exquisite pleasures of this musical dandy are directed elsewhere in his catalog. --Mike McGonigal


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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000E3LFZC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Lohrke VINE VOICE on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
it must not be easy being morrissey. few people will ever wield the mozfather's potent influnce and no matter the occassional slip ups, morrissey's secured his place on the mt. rushmore of 'indie/alternative'rock. this is a mixed blessing, of course. he can release records that sell well, sell-out live shows night after night, and keep his name in the news (most recently boycotting canada to protest the seal hunt). but it makes one wonder if morrissey's popularity and iconic stature somehow quash his enormous songwriting ability. some fans will unfortunately (and unfairly) compare it to any number of smiths' albums, and more will probably compare it to any number of moz solo offerings. some will find it bland. some will find it exhilirating. for me, the album is somewhere in the middle of either extreme.

coming on the heals of 'you are the quarry, morrissey'(the career rejuvenator so many critics correctly called it), 'ringleaders of the tormentors' is a slight departure from the new milennial morrissey. 'ringleaders' is much ballsier record than its predecessor, and the album's better for it. the problem with 'you are the quarry' was the similarity of so many of the songs. despite some noteworthy singles, much of the album sounded painfully similar in tone and style and were unfortunately instantly forgettable.

'ringleaders,' however, starts out with the muscular 'i will see you in far-off places.' it's a song that probably would've fit nicely on 'your arsenal.' the nuanced middle-eastern inspired guitar is a nice touch. mozzer sounds much more confident and lets his trademark vocals work within the song instead of trying to upstage it. 'you have killed me,' the first single, is a distinctly morrissey song with a distinctly morrissey melody.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Henry Platte on April 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I think it's quite understandable that this album is getting such mixed reviews - but as Oscar Wilde says, "When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself" ^_^ I think I can see where the naysayers are coming from, but I come down strongly in favor of Ringleader, for several reasons.

Much has been made of the sexuality in the lyrics. If you think about it, though, since the _very first song_ on the _very first Smiths record_, Morrissey has been singing about having sex - and since then, you've got Ask ("if there's something you'd like to try"), Suedehead ("it was a good lay"), I'd Love To ("but only with you"), etcetera...It's true that "I'm spreading your legs, with mine inbetween" is a touch more graphic than anything to date, but from the way it's sung, I don't anyone could rightfully call it obscene.

Speaking of which, the album in general...to me, it seems to be a very ambiguous and very ambivalent approach to the compound subject of love, God and death. Dear God and You Have Killed Me are both somewhat puzzling songs: both seem to be about a sexual awakening, but to me at the moment (I've changed my mind before, and may again), the first is a celebration of it, while the second, immediately afterward, seems to be regretting it. Then after the shattering Life is a Pigsty and several more downbeat songs, Moz ends the album - one can't help but feel ironically - with the chipper 'At Last I am Born.' Does Morrissey believe in God; does he feel he needs God's help? Is he asking for God's help in finding earthly love, or resisting it? And if he's finally become a champion of the flesh over the spirit, then why does he still sound so conflicted?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bsg2004 VINE VOICE on August 16, 2006
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Initially the first four tracks of the album may overwhelm the rest of the songs, making the album appear rather weak. However after you listen to the album for more than a handful of times the gap is bridged and there is a nice flow between the songs and it sounds like a cohesive unit. There is a way to speed up this process: Listen to tracks #5 and beyond separately for a few times, so they don't get overwhelmed by the first four :-)

If you like Morrissey/The Smiths you will find a lot of the things you like (in terms of music and lyrics) in here.

As far as which bundle to get, if you must have the bonus features of the CD/DVD set (which I think do not justify the additional cost), then go for that. Otherwise just get the audio CD like I did. You can instead earmark those funds towards the purchase "Who put the M in Manchester" or "Live at Earls court" :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Onur Uzman on February 17, 2007
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Very cohesive effort with strong lyrics right in your face, different from You are the quarry but in a beautiful way for sure. My favorites are; the grandiose opener "I will see you in far off places" - a large song with superb lyrics...."You Have Killed Me" - This is already a classic....."The Youngest was the Most Loved" - Flawless, especially the children chorus adds an extravagant flavor to the track...."In The Future When All's Well" - One of the most beautiful performances by Morrissey...."The Father Who Must Be Killed" - Again children chorus is superb, great song, should've been a single...."Life is a pigsty" - a long atmospheric track, cannot be described by words, just listen to it, it's delicate...."On the Streets I Ran" - Absolutely great song....As a whole this is a fine, delicate, intoxicating work of art.
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So what do you all think?
No, are you joking? This album is amazing. I didn't digest it until the second listen, but this is as good if not better than YATQ. This is some of Morrissey's finest solo work.
Mar 14, 2006 by Jackson |  See all 11 posts
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I'm loving " To Me You Are A Work Of Art" I agree with the previous post too about how this takes a couple of listens. Morrissey albums have always needed a little room to grow. An excellent album I think.
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