Morrissey You Are The Quarry

While everyone has been giddy about the Pixies making a comeback, there are plenty of others anticipating the return of another ’80s icon. Morrissey has been out of the spotlight for seven years, since the lukewarm release of the flawed Maladjusted. His seventh album, You Are The Quarry, sees a return to form that fans have been waiting for since the notion of the album surfaced years ago. Immediately, the now middle-aged Moz is up to what he does best, verbally lashing out at whatever irks him. It seems with age, he has only found more ammunition, for "America Is Not The World” berates his current home’s problem with obesity ("You know where you can shove your hamburger”) and the stuffed shirts in office ("Where the president is never black, female or gay”). He doesn’t make it easier for his birthplace on "Irish Blood, English Heart,” uniting cynicism and vitriol with a powerful burst of rock courtesy of unlikely producer Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink 182). Even fans are a target on "How Could Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel,” as he reveals all the years of being the spokesman for depressed teens has taken its toll. Nonetheless, YATQ isn’t totally devoid of tenderness. In fact, he’s rather mellow and uncharacteristically in love on both "Come Back To Camden” and the shocking "Let Me Kiss You,” where the self-proclaimed asexual actually promotes physical acts of love. For a man who sat on an album waiting for a record label to take interest, he sounds confident and victorious. It’s nice to have his despair back in our lives again. (Sanctuary)