Ringleader Of The Tormentors

Written by: PP on 13/04/2006 14:47:27

The legendary Smiths vocalist Morrissey is at it again on his eighth solo album "Ringleader Of The Tormentors", another proof of why people have called him the "maestro" for more than a decade now.

"Ringleader..." is made up of mid-paced pop rock anthems, cleverly ironic and thematic lyrics, and jamming guitar riffs, which create a rather relaxed, worryless atmosphere. The album is at its best during songs like "You Have Killed Me" and "The Youngest Was The Most Loved", where the melody is not too obviously catchy, but after a couple of listens it will stick to your head and you'll find yourself singing the lyrics 'And there is no such...' in the midst of strangers on the train ride home from work.

Morrissey's voice relaxes you into oblivion and you'll find your thoughts wondering from one corner of the room to the other in no time. The slower paced songs, such as the standout track "I'll Never Be Anyone's Hero Now", have well thought out structures, where the guitars sound like they're ready to make world peace possible, and they are technically proficient to be taken seriously despite their poppiness.

"Ringleader.." is an album which impresses you by its hidden catchiness and its always optimistic moods and atmospheres. Think of your favorite indie rock artist and blend it together with any non-popular pop artist, and you'll come close to imagining Morrissey's sound. If you ever wondered if there is a pop rock group/artist to be respected and admired, Morrissey's solo albums and particularly "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" are definitely it.


Download: You Have Killed Me, The Youngest Was The Most Loved
For the fans of: The Cure, The Smiths, Interpol
Listen: Myspace

Release date 03.04.2006

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