Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Ringleader

Morrissey's Ringleader of the Tormentors popped up on my iPod this morning. I haven't listened to it at all since it came out, mostly because it's not that remarkable. My initial reaction was correct - it's not terrible, but it's not good either. Just average. Which for a Moz/Smiths fan is disappointing. On Ringleader, he really tries to stretch his vocals to that of a crooner, and it doesn't really work. "Life is a Pigsty" is phenomenal though.

2 Comments:

Blogger Brandon said...

Long time, no talk. I do check your blog from time to time though. I actually really like RotT. The poppy numbers are generic Morrissey, but I still think they're great and You have killed me definitely ranks up there with Morrissey's best. Aside from track #2 which is a song Morrissey has sung a million times, there's not a song I dislike, which is more than I can say about Kill Uncle, Southpaw Grammar, and Malajusted. So, any albums I should check out? Brandon

8:01 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Hey, thanks for checking in. I don't know about RotT - it's just kinda there - nothing awful (except the second track) but nothing great. Especially after the great You Are The Quarry. As for the other albums you mentioned, Kill Uncle is definitely an acquired taste, and Southpaw Grammar is really underrated (that's a great album). But yea, Malajusted was tough, other than Roy's Keen and Alma Matters.

As for new albums to check out, the new Bloc Party is expectedly good, The Good, The Bad, and The Queen is quite good, and the new Kaiser Chiefs' album looks to be a winner. If you're feeling electro, get Booka Shade's latest. Great stuff there.

8:23 PM  

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