"You Are The Quarry"

(Attack Records 2004)Morrissey - You Are The Quarry

It is ironic that Morrissey's highly awaited newest album, "You Are The Quarry" was, arguably, most anticipated by today's younger music fans who, for the most part, were probably still toddlers when he fronted the now defunct Smiths. With high expectations for the album, Morrissey delivers the political and self deprecating lyrics that he has now made a career of in his seemingly, at least on this record, ageless voice.

Coming out swinging on the mid tempo and likable "America Is Not The World," Morrissey sets his sights on the American's political arena pointing out the "land of the Free" has yet to have a "black, female or gay" president. Morrissey focuses next on the English on the up tempo and catchy guitar rock of "Irish Blood, English Heart." "Jesus hurted/when he deserted me, but/I have forgiven Jesus/for all of the love/He placed in me," he sings mockingly in a smooth and gentle tone on "I Have Forgiven Jesus." As always, Morrissey paints a vivid picture with his descriptive lyrics, such as on the ballad "Come Back To Camden" and the gently melancholy of "I'm Not Sorry."

Morrissey seems to almost embody a shy, young boy on several songs, singing as "the boy next door" on the smooth and memorable "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores." Returning to more of the mid tempo rock sound, with a guitar hook is reminiscent of The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun," "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" is catchy and a stand out full of the expected clever and self deprecating lyrics. The urban love song "First Of The Gang To Die" has a catchy chorus while the uncomfortable and creepy romantic "Let Me Kiss You" has nice guitar and piano parts and "All The Lazy Dykes" sees Morrissey put his tongue firmly in his cheek. "Why do you think I let you get away/with the things you say to me?/could it be I like you/It's so shameful of me," Morrissey sings like a shy little boy on the up tempo "I Like You." Always ironic, Morrissey seems to answer his critics with closing song "You Know I Couldn't Last" which alternates between soft verses and a powerful chorus.

With synthesizers and drum beats filling a number of songs, Morrissey's "You Are The Quarry" is somewhere between a non-electronic dance album and a good indie rock album with more than enough lyrics and hooks to keep each listen interesting. Never overly political or overly sarcastic to scare listeners away, Morrissey keeps it just melodic enough and delivers a solid album with "You Are The Quarry."