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Morrissey
You Are the Quarry



(Attack/Sanctuary)
Release Date: 5/18/2004

The first album in seven years from the patron saint of misery
Reviewed by Andrew Harrison
Morrissey played his “I am accursed and reviled” card so assiduously with the Smiths throughout the ’80s that eventually people took him at his word, deciding that his extravagant tragi-vegetarian rock was a minority taste for weirdos. After seven years of brooding internal exile in Los Angeles, You Are the Quarry might not make Moz a household name, but it’s his best album since Vauxhall & I a decade ago. Morrissey sounds reinvigorated, and if his themes aren’t incendiary (policemen, lesbians, his new Hispanic fans, U.S. foreign and dietary policy), they’re lit up by precision musicianship and (sacrilege!) burbling electronics. Self-Pity City is a desirable destination once more.

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