You Are The Quarry (Gatefold)
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While songs like "Bores," "First Of The Gang to Die" and "Come Back to Camden" sure taste like Smiths/Morrissey of old, there are a couple of slam dunks that show an older and wizened Mo, in particular "America is Not The World" and "Irish Blood, English Heart." A stinging indictment of Bush politics and Prime Minister Tony Blair's willful lap dogging, it begs for understanding from a heart which "you say you don't need." Even with that kind of roiling discontent, "America" wouldn't be a Moz song without the get-out-clause, and here Morrissey ends the rant with the frustration of a patriot who tells his country and countrymen, "haven't you me with you now? I love you." It's a moment worthy of "The Queen Is Dead."
Even better is the album's first single, "Irish Blood English Heart," which compound those feelings. In lyrics that echo U2, Morrissey struggles with the love of homeland and the contorting dismay of, as he puts it, dreaming of being an Englishman who longs "...not to be baneful,
to be standing by the flag
not feeling shameful, racist or partial.Read more ›
That's changed. Morrissey hasn't sound this inspired since Viva Hate. In fact, songs like "Irish Heart, English Blood" actually rock - I would venture to say that Alain Whyte has finally proven to be a better co-writer than Stephen Street ever was (despite his helping to write "Suedehead"), and Morrissey finally manages to come across as being more honest than coy. "How Can Anyone Possibly Know How I Feel?" is indicative of this album as a whole: it retains Morrissey's biting, verbose lyrics (and title) and manages to be catchy at the same time. In fact, its guitar work sounds very similar to that of a brand-new band from Morrissey's dear Britain: Franz Ferdinand. The ability to confuse Morrissey's music with that of a band bursting with youthful vitality is a very, very pleasing thing.
This is the best work Morrissey has done in years, and it is most likely his best solo work yet. It's nice to see him finally step outside of his tired old formula; if this is his swan song, he's going out on a really high note.
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Probably Morrissey's greatest effort; however, all of his music is great. This should be own by all and there should be a law requiring everyone should own Morrissey.Published on May 29, 2013 by John G. Rodriguez
Great customer service, product was delivered within reasonable time frame although they had more time to do it. Item came as promised, no surprises. Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Manuel Quinones
Unfortunately, it isn't saying much that 'You Are the Quarry' is Morrissey's best solo venture, and it'll come as no surprise that the best songs on it are the ones which sound... Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Paul Ess.
After a 7 year layoff, Morrissey signed with a new label, and made one of his best solo albums EVER. Read morePublished on June 15, 2008 by Grigory's Girl
there has been quite a bit written and even more said about Morrissey. This record puts to rest any bed wetting that his fans were going through after the surprisingly great "... Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Amazon Customer
Despite a perplexing, perhaps insincere need to continually put his sweet self down--and indeed anyone else who should happen to admire him! Read morePublished on May 12, 2006 by jon sieruga