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Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors Review

by Eric Bodrero

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Writing about someone like Morrissey could be an intimidating and daunting task, but alas, it's not so! All one really has to say is, making a return for Ringleader of the Tormentors, are Morrissey's biting and somewhat bewildering lyrics - including the almost famous "there are explosive kegs between my legs" and "now I'm spreading your legs with mine in between" in the mellow "Dear God Please Help Me"- his fascination with audacious proclamations and mysterious personification, and a vocal range that make most artists green with envy.

There. Is there anything left to say that hasn't already been said? Tormentors definitely ranks up there amongst his best work to date for sure, but still doesn't quite enter new territory or blaze any new trails, although it seems the Moz is getting quite symphonic nowadays, including a bizarre but annoying brass breakdown at the end of "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy" and again in "At Last I Am Born" where drum & cymbal crashes and orchestral strings abound. There are quite a few places throughout that has Morrissey returning to his solid Smiths sound, and that's a very good thing. The rest of the album is about as "Morrissey" as one can really expect. If you've been a fan since the beginning, you should definitely own this pronto. If for some reason you've not paid much attention to Morrissey and are still wondering what all the fuss is about (you can't be serious!), this album will certainly do for a starting point.


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