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You Are The Quarry

Morrissey

2004

You Are The Quarry
Album Summary

You Are the Quarry is the seventh studio album by English alternative rock singer Morrissey. It was released on 17 May 2004 by record label Attack, and was his first album in seven years following 1997's Maladjusted. The album was a huge comeback for Morrissey; all four of its singles reached the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, and the album itself reached number 2. The album also reached number 11 on the Billboard 200, making it Morrissey's highest-charting album in the United States.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

Rejected alternate titles: (1) "Morrissey's Pseudo-Intellectual Musings About the State of the World, Delivered with the Subtlety and Nuance of a Monkey Operating a Chainsaw," (2) "In Which Morrissey Paradoxically Accuses Other People of Being Boring," (3) "Morrisey Finds a Way to Whine About His Press Clippings on What Feels Like Every Song," (4) "We give up, Morrissey - just put something that sounds like you're simultaneously threatening and seducing the consumer, and we'll Photoshop a Tommy Gun into your hand later. Signed, The Producers." Best track: First of the Gang to Die

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Fri Aug 13 2021
1

I Cannot Fucking Wait Til Morrissey Dies

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Oh, I am the quarry, am I? I'm not sure what villainous plans you have for me Morrissey, but I'm only half interested in what you have to say. Are you planning on drilling into me? It that your twisted fantasy, is it? To have me, ME! covered in vegetables, laid out in front of you, legs spread with my coin piece pointed towards you, trembling, whilst you warble miserably about foreigners and meat, licking your lips and greasing up your penis. You sick, vegan, racist, self satisfied, bequiffed prick. I'm in.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Love this record. Hate this human.

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Sat Dec 30 2023
1

My god, his stuck his head so far up his own ass this time that he’s starting to wiggle the shoulders in too.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

I'll just focus on the music and not the complications that the actual person Morrissey brings up. It's a decent enough album filled with Morrissey doing what his usual, very english, often dark but oddly comedic alt rock. It's decent enough with a few tracks that shine and nothing truly offensive but it definitely doesn't feel as essential as some of his early work (most notably his The Smiths output of course).

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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

Morrissey has low self esteem but he's a complete tosser so he's going to take it out on everyone else. Anyway, enjoy this hatefuck of an album.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
1

Morrissey is a pretentious bastard & his music sucks.

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Mon May 24 2021
1

I confirmed what I have always suspected, I hate Morrissey.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Je ressens bien sûr un pincement au cœur de n'accorder que trois étoiles à Morrissey. Je sais bien que les ventes de cet album ont permis la construction de vingt-deux orphelinats et d'une centaine de puits en Érythrée. Je suis également au courant de ses nombreuses actions humanitaires au Laos et de son combat pour la reconnaissance du génocide arménien. Je n'oublie pas non plus qu'il participe de manière active à la recherche contre le cancer avec des dons quotidiens. Cet album n'est juste pas aussi formidable que son auteur.

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Sat Nov 11 2023
5

When I first saw this pop up, I audibly sighed because Morrissey is such a miserable & whiny twat. I decided to push my feelings aside & listen...after all, I do love some of his & The Smiths music. Well I ended up enjoying this so much, I listened twice. First of the Gang to Die is fantastic, and the rest sounds like classic Moz. Moz wins this challenge. 4.5

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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

It came as such a pleasant surprise. After a couple of obscure minor albums, Mozz reinvented himself and relased his masterpiece. Brave, catchy, infectious, glorious, 'First of the Gang to Die', 'Irish Blood, English Heart'... just a bit of filler towards the end, but much stronger as a whole than all his previous -and later (Oct '23)- efforts

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

No. 95/1001 America is not the World 4/5 Irish Blood, English Heart 4/5 I Have Forgiven Jesus 3/5 Come Back To Camden 4/5 I'm Not Sorry 4/5 The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores 3/5 How Can Amybody Possibly Know 3/5 First Of The Gang To Die 4/5 Let Me Kiss You 3/5 All The Lazy Dykes 4/5 I Like You 3/5 You Know I Couldn't Last 3/5 Average: 3,5 You can definitly see that he was already on track for his later extreme views. But nothing offensive yet, just regular anit-establishment views. So this didn't defer me from this record. Thought it was an alright alt-rock album. Maybe a little pretentious in some cases.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
1

I am not a fan of Morrissey at all. Two of his albums now that I didn’t enjoy.

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Sun Dec 31 2023
1

There is no need for this self centered, egotistical fuck to have at least 3 albums on this list ffs. This depressed, bleeding heart douche is so busy telling everyone how great he is and how he's better than everyone else... It's sickening. To quote Come Back to Camden: "and I remember that I am alone Alone For evermore" ... I wonder why, you insufferable douche canoe. Favourite songs: The First of the Gang to Die, The World is Full of Crashing Bores Least favourite songs: America Is Not the World (go eat a hamburger and calm the fuck down you pretentious ass hat.... Morrissey is not the world either I'm sad to tell ya), "Irish Blood, English Heart" (oooh, tough guy Morrissey can't be bought.... Fuck off), I Have Forgiven Jesus (he's also apparently better than religion), I'm Not Sorry, How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? (no one cares), All the Lazy Dykes Thank fuck that's over... 1/5

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Gran disco que sí quiero seguir escuchando y escuchando, no tenía presente que de acá es una canción que me gusta mucho de Morrissey "Let Me Kiss You", que tiene una vuelta de tuerca casi devastadora. Lo siento como un álbum romántico para gente fatalista, derrotista, pero con un buen conocimiento de lo que pasa en el mundo (?). Amé también "America Is Not The World" (excepto por lo de I love you), "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores", "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?", "I Like You" y pues claro, otra ya conocida también: "First of the Gang to Die". 10/10

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Q. What does Shack like to eat for supper? A. Quorn Chops*! *Neil Morrisey special

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Algo que me gusta mucho de Morrissey es que las canciones a veces parecen más como diálogos (?), como si te estuviera contando algo mientras canta, casi como en un musical (?) jajaja y además tiene un estilo muy contundente, sus letras son imperdibles. Sí me gustó, pues

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

Absolute banger, his lyrics are unmatched in music! Really really enjoyed the album. Just a shame that he ended up becoming really UKIP/Brexit-y. Everyone gets over their Morrissey period apart from Morrissey!

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Never really listened to Morrisey, but I like this album a lot. His lyrics are poetic in a refreshing way. Lots of interesting guitar sounds on this album as well. It’s cool how every song sounds different, but they somehow all fit together. Great stuff all the way through.

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

Yeah, I know Morrissey is kind of a twat. At some level, I'm probably some apologist, but for the most part I try to ignore the current Morrissey and instead embrace the Morrissey I knew at this time where he was focused on the spit and venom of Irish Blood, English Heart as well as some of the most beautiful songs ever in Come Back to Camden and Crashing Bores. The album is passionate and real. One of my favorites.

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

I didn't think I'd like this one very much because the title says that I'm an empty shell where all the rocks were removed. Or does it also mean that I'm the one being hunted. And why do British people say "Herb" as "erb", but you can't say "Hunt" and "unt"? Anyway, it's much more solid than your typical rock, I'm sure.

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

Melody & great lyrics. Ignoring is questionable politics (hard I know) this is an album to go back to repeatedly.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

This album has very pleasantly surprised me. Some of the songs are absolute bangers. The lyrics are very well written, eloquent, and at times very beautifully poetic. The sound is a nice blend of old and new, lively, quite catchy and the guy's voice I just love. It just makes me feel things. Big thumbs up. Favorites: "First Of The Gang To Die" and "I Have Forgiven Jesus." But all of them are good. 8/10 After reading some of the other reviews I noticed that Morrissey seems to have obtained a negative reputation. Still, I'm choosing to separate the artist from the art here as you usually should. The music's good.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

I’m into this kind of music and will definitely do a deeper dive.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
5

very interesting album, very good sound. Enjoyed it a lot.

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Sat Feb 10 2024
5

The typical Morrissey album, but somehow different, somehow better

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Sun Feb 18 2024
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Irish blood English heart, The world is full of crashing bores, The first of the gang to die, I like you

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

There's some damn good Moz songs on here. It's probably a 4 but as usual, this gets an automatic 5 to counter all the 1 star whiners.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I forgot how much I love Morrissey. This isn't even my favorite album.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Despite how much I don't want to like Morrissey, I actually liked this a lot. Good music for depressed people.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

I was starting to think I just don't like Morrissey, but I did enjoy this album. He's a crank but he has some good points. This may sound like a dig, but my favorite part of the album was the last minute of the last song, "You Know I Couldn't Last," when that cool bass line kicks in and they rock out to the finish line - I could listen to that on repeat for a while.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

Tenía buen recuerdo y pensé que iba a ser un 3 estrellas seguro, pero veo que es de 4 o 4 y medio para mi gusto. Además de las clásicas: "Irish Blood, English Heart" y "The First of the Gang to Die" hay otros buenas canciones para los seguidores de Morrissey o incluso de los The Smiths. America is not the World, I'm not sorry, I like You, ...

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Thu May 27 2021
4

4.2 - Starts with "America is Not the World" that finds Morrissey dishing out the kind of on-the-nose anti-US critiques that you might hear in a European youth hostel. Much of the rest of the record contains similar conversational political observations ("Irish Blood, English Heart", "Come Back to Camden). Characteristically, he's managed to seemingly set pages of his personal journal to beautiful melody, delivering them with his signature brooding vocals. I'd written off Morrissey as a solo performer, finding his politics unpalatable and his wordy song titles unapproachable. I'm pleasantly surprised.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Not as good as Your Arsenal or Vauxhall and I, or probably Ringleader..., but a solid comeback and the one that got me into Moz

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Me gustó mucho, pegajosos momentos de instrumentación, una voz grave muy agradable, letras chiditas. Top 3 en no orden particular: Irish blood, English heart, Let me kiss you y I have forgiven Jesus. Mood: Rocksito etereo, materia prima de las onditas alternativas del hoy?

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Goede rock zoals ik vaak schreef. Maar dit klink alsof het artic monkeys heeft geinspireerd

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

For someone who hates meat, he's very gammon. He would hate SHACK's breakfast choices.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Su último gran disco. Ha tenido grandes canciones después pero este es su último clásico. Conecté muy cabrón con Irish Blood, English Heart en su momento, creo que ahora más. Es como un himno para mí en contra del Estado mexicano. En fin, es un disco lleno de verdades, de esas que son para llevar junto al corazón. Y de hecho, me atrevo a decir que si revisamos las letras de este disco, veremos reflejados las neurosis de las generaciones 18-24 actuales. Narcisismo a flor de piel. Aquí está su futuro, lo siento, así es la vida. Yo ya me veo aquí. Y te va a pasar a ti. Ojalá tuviera la banda un ápice del sentido del humor y vulnerabilidad que se ve escucha por aquí. Posdata: sí el mundo está lleno de gente aburrida, por lo general es la más popular. Ya por favor acepten que quieren se amados. La rutina de “odio el amor romántico” se está poniendo de hueva.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Manche Texte finde ich schon etwas Strange ( "Irish blood, english heart") aber vielleicht steigere ich mich da jetzt auch rein oder habe eine falsche Perspektive. Ansonsten super Album. "He is the first of the gang" , "I like you" ...

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Bei mir kommen ganz viele Erinnerungen an die Zeit vorm Abi hoch wenn ich das höre. Das Album war 2005 auf dem mp3-Player, den ich von meinem Freund geliehen hatte. Tolles Album, aufregende Zeit, keine Smartphones :)

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Hab im Gegensatz zu euch zwar keine Ahnung, wer das ist, hab das Album aber sehr gerne einfach 2-3x durchlaufen lassen. Sehr gute Entdeckung.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

There are some genuine bops on here, and Morrisey is as sharp and sardonic as ever. It's pretty good.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Me gusto, no se entre 3.5 y 4

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Sat May 29 2021
4

I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Powerful lyrics, great vocals. Might have to give some more Morrissey/Smiths a try.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Brilliant album. Great pop songs. Witty, heartfelt, acerbic. One of his best post Smiths records. Highlights: Irish blood, English heart; I Have Forgiven Jesus; First of the Gang to Die.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Mon petit pêché mignon que ce bon vieux Morissey, présent pour la 37ème fois en 2 semaines dans notre bon vieux générateur. Je craque toujours pour sa fine epaisseur d'algue, entourant un riz cuit a point, qui laisse place à une explosion de saveurs avec la découverte du coeur saumon/avocat. A n'en pas douter, le meilleur élément de la carte du générateur.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

some beautiful tracks here - i'm not sorry, first of the gang, you know i couldn't last. Obviously the first signs of dubious politics and being generally unpleasant (...crashing bores, Irish blood, English heart etc., lazy dykes.. ).

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

-"America Is Not The World" and "Irish Blood, English Heart" are both pretty awesome -"How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?," "First of the Gang to Die,' "I Like You," and "You Know I Couldn't Last" are quite cool as well

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

I had forgotten how great this record is. I'm not sure if it is his best but it's close.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
4

Political, relevant. Such a unique and lovely voice too!

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Wed Oct 04 2023
4

I had no idea what to expect with this album, but I loved it. His vocals, the instruments, his political commentary. What a ride.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
4

The singing is great, it’s a great singer songwriter album. Really fun music, really good at what he does. Nothing ground breaking, but any song from the album is really a good time

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Sun Oct 15 2023
4

Morrissey Genre: Alternative rock, pop rock, indie rock 2004 Standouts: Irish Blood English Heart, First of the Gang to Die, I Have Forgiven Jesus, First of the Gang to Die Others: America is Not the World, Come Back to Camden, I'm Not Sorry, Let Me Kiss You, All the Lazy Dykes, You Know I Couldn't Last

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

Morrisey tekee kyllä varsin hyviä levyjä, tykkäsin tästäkin. Teksteissä onnistuu koskettamaan tietynlaista melankoliaa hienosti. 4/5

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

Mies on ihan dorka mutta aika makee levy. Perhana tekis mieli olla tykkäämättä mutta ei voi mitään kun vaan tykkään. Hieno ääni ja joku sellanen tasapaino stygeissä. 4/5

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Thu Oct 19 2023
4

Wow I love this album, reminds me of the Strokes I think? May be the wrong band to compare to. Also lyrically this guy is great.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

I think Morrissey is a bad human but I did think his album was annoyingly good.

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Sat Oct 21 2023
4

Beter dan ik verwachtte. Het is minder depressief dan The Smiths. Al zijn de teksten wel nog altijd donker, de muziek maskeert dat een beetje

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Mon Oct 30 2023
4

As a white cis male, I don't see the problem with Morrissey. 4/5

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Tue Oct 31 2023
4

This (horrible) man knows how to do music for me much more than I like to admit, and I rated 2 (good) of his previous albums 2 stars, so the 1001 list won this game. Here it is my 4-stars to Morrissey.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
4

I know Morrissey the human divides opinion, and so does his music. Now, I’m not saying I like the human, and he’s not my favourite member of The Smiths, but I do love this album. He brings his unique style of hatred and self-deprecation and mixes it with a few catchy pop songs. There are enough masterpieces on this album to warrant a 4 (‘I Have Forgiven Jesus’, ‘Let Me Kiss You’, ‘Irish Blood, English Heart’, ‘First of the Gang To Die’). Some lyrical brilliance, and some perfect musical arrangements. The guitar and keyboards on ‘Let Me Kiss You’ are magical. A few fillers so not a 5.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
4

c etait bien voila c est dit

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Sun Nov 26 2023
4

An actually fun album with a very progressive and socially conscious lyrics. But what's really great, is that after listening to this album, I was singing some parts of it, even though it was my first time listening to this record. Very fun stuff, will listen again!

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

I recall when Morrissey made his comeback with this album and the lead single Irish Blood, English Heart. I freakin' loved it and wanted more of it, or at least that song - it is a rocker with great lyrics. The rest of the album didn't seem to get as much airplay despite charting well. Listening now I will say this. Wow, Morrissey still doesn't hold back does he? That lead single is scathing of certain English traditions, as you can imagine someone with Irish heritage would feel. But right from the album opener America is Not the World he is dishing it out. I get what he's going after and that song has good lyrics, but in true Morrissey style it goes a bit too far at times (suggesting Americans abroad are seen as big fat pigs). And if he hasn't pissed off the Yanks and the Brits after two songs, why not piss off the Catholics on song three with I Have Forgiven Jesus. I'm sure my mom would loathe that song. But I don't mind it, or any of the barbs he slings on this album, because I understand Morrisey's poetic license. And he is a great poet even if he pushes the boundaries too hard. This album really made me think and I enjoyed that, a lot. Although there were only a few other rocking songs (How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel, I Like You, First of the Gang to Die - I recall this release too), I also enjoyed the soaring and/or despairing tones on other songs (Come Back to Camden, I'm Not Sorry, The World is Full of Crashing Bores, Let Me Kiss You). And the closer, You Know I Couldn't Last, goes between soft, soaring, and rocking and I love it (gave me goosebumps in the soaring choruses). Great lyrics to boot. This album is just as good as his solo debut, if not better. Morrissey is still a dick, but he is a musically gifted dick. I really couldn't get enough of this album.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

8/10 I fucking hate Morrissey as a person, but he’s still an incredibly talented musician

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Really great stuff. Not The Smiths, but great listening as a Smiths fan.

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Mon Jan 01 2024
4

Many albums on here really start to fall apart after the first few songs.... this one started out sounding like a laundry list of complaints set to generic music, but nearly halfway through it becomes something much more power ful musically and lyrically. I really loved the music and passion of the second half.

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Tue Jan 02 2024
4

7/10. Liked this better as I got farther in. First couple songs just felt like him complaining about stuff

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Thu Jan 04 2024
4

This scratches my Smiths itch pretty good, can’t deny that! Morissey being as cynical as ever. But still such a great voice. Fun songs, great song writing, all that you can expect from his music. Standout: America Is Not The World, Irish Blood, English Heart, I’m Not Sorry, How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?, First Of The Gang To Die, All The Lazy Dykes, You Know I Couldn’t Last 8 out of 10

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Thu Jan 04 2024
4

One of his last great albums. Great lyrics still.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
4

Morrissey is ever present and fully full of him self on this album; why is it still so enjoyable to listen to him be pedantic and whiny?

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Thu Jan 18 2024
4

Kinda odd but pretty smooth. I liked it

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

Actually quite a nice album from late-stage Morrissey. The songs and lyrics are potent with scorching lyrics on the US and British politics. When the more modern production comes in I think it is really well done and suits Morrissey well. 7/10

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

I'll be the outlier. I'm not a huge Smiths-head. I like 'em, but haven't really done the deep dive. But I remember when "Irish Blood, English Heart" came out that it really caught my attention. It still does! I like the opener. I like the flute on "I'm Not Sorry." I like "Let Me Kiss You." "All the Lazy Dykes" is... interesting. Etc. I'll definitely allow that it may pale in comparison to the rest of the dude's catalog, but maybe ignorance is bliss here for those of us who don't know a damn thing about a damn thing.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
4

The Smiths lead singer sings again

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Wed Jan 31 2024
4

I really want to hate Morrissey, but somehow I can't. He seems like quite a twat, but perhaps that's just a persona he adopts to the public, I don't know. But his music, when it's good (which it is on this album), is just so good. The songs really pop. 4 stars.

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

Quite possibly the worst album cover of all time.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
4

Als Mensch mag ich ihn nicht, aber die Musik ist ganz gut.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
4

I enjoyed this. Especially his shitting on America for thinking the world revolves around us. Amen, Morrissey!

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Sun Feb 25 2024
4

Comeback album. Played this record a lot in 2004, as it is very listenable and contains some very strong songs. Lacks the feeling of a 5-star album though.. still has this rather bland sound, despite all the great songs on it. score: 8/10 (I am puzzled why the list instead of only Smiths albums contains Morrissey solo albums - even three of them - it does not make sense.)

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

I dunno what to expect from a Morrissey solo album. Kinda keen? First song name is funny but I'm already bored of the entry level America criticism stuff. See how the rest goes. Second song is really cool. Lyrics are annoying when I listen to them, music and vocal melodies are good if I don't hear the words. Album cover is pure arrogance. Got old towards the end - every song sounded the same and had the same "ooh look at me I'm an edgelord" attitude. Still, 3/5.

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