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March 17, 2006

Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors

Drops April 4th, but I've listened to half so far - sounds a bit old like Maladjusted, but working with the new guitarist means some fairly rocking tunes...... stay tuned for a full review!

Posted by raji at March 17, 2006 2:17 PM

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this ain't maladjusted. There were many problems with Maladjusted: coming on the heels of Southpaw Grammar, which was uneven and dark as a record, being released in the US without ANY promotion due to some weird label stuff, being the third in a string of Steve Lillywhite produced records, which all have a sort of mushy soup sound, and being packed with midtempo ballads of reflective, wistful and unfocused lyrical themes.
"Ringleader" is sonically closest to "Your Arsenal," and it's no suprise due to the Bowie pedigree going on: "Arsenal" was produced by Mick Ronson, Bowie's old guitarist, and "Ringleader by Tony Visconti, Bowie's longtime producer. The guitars are sharp and the band feels raw, and thank God those mushy reverbed Lillywhite backing vocals are gone on this one. I'm still processing it lyrically, but it seems kind of dark in a more focused way.

Posted by: ravi at March 20, 2006 11:26 AM

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