MORRISSEY - RINGLEADER OF THE TORMENTORS, album released April 2006.
Encoded 192Kbps [Lame] mp3. Covers included.
Take a long hard look at that man gracing the cover of Ringleader of the Tormentors; caught mid-concerto, tempered by lofty eloquence, gliding towards a crescendo of instrumental distinction. Who’s he trying to kid exactly. Ever since The Smiths disbanded and he was deserted by Johnny Marr, Morrissey’s work has only really been musical by association. He’s more parts lyricist than he is straight poet, you see, relying as much on the emotive reach of his mighty vocal as his articulate depression. He needs melodic accompaniment, but it’s hardly been the focus. The image does still work though, as a metaphor. Name, if you can, a greater performer of pathos, a finer maestro of the maudlin.
If he is widely accepted as having been through a fallow period of creativity prior to 2004s comeback classic You Are The Quarry then he’s hammering the counterpoint now. Two albums into his renaissance and we find Moz more tender, more cinematic and, if possible, more serious than ever. Fittingly it is much more orchestral too. Take "Dear God, Please Help Me", as self pitying as expected, only bound in silk and suspended just above the depths you’d otherwise expect to find him in. And album centrepiece, the equally dolefully titled "Life is a Pigsty", which begins with a peaking "How Soon Is Now" template before descending into a spellbinding Prozac-comedown in the orchestra pit, with bruises as evidence. The emotion feels that much rawer this time. This is not an indie disco record, it has more timeless aspirations.
'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' is the eighth album from the iconic Mancunian vocalist Morrissey. In a departure from his previous albums, Morrissey has chosen to incorporate Morricone-esque strings and arrangements into these songs. This makes for a sound that is both sweeping and cinematic, however, his usual themes of rejection and redemption are as prevelant as on his 2004 'comeback' album, 'You Are The Quarry'. Includes the single 'You Have Killed Me'.
01 I Will See You In Far Off Places
02 Dear God Please Help Me
03 You Have Killed Me
04 The Youngest Was The Most Loved
05 In The Future When Alls Well
06 The Father Who Must Be Killed
07 Life Is A Pigsty
08 I'll Never Be Anybodys Hero Now
09 On The Streets I Ran
10 To Me You Are A Work Of Art
11 I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
12 At Last I Am Born
THE VIDEO [mpeg SkidVid]
TV rip, edited, logos removed and encoded 352 x 288 mpeg.
Morrissey - You Have Killed Me [Live]
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