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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2003)
  • (CD + DVD) edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Attack Records
  • ASIN: B000EBEHPY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Will See You In Far Off Places
2. Dear God, Please Help Me
3. You Have Killed Me
4. The Youngest Was The Most Loved
5. In The Future When All's Well
6. The Father Who Must Be Killed
7. Life Is A Pigsty
8. I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now
9. On The Streets I Ran
10. To Me You Are A Work Of Art
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Videos (DVD)
2. Extra footage of video shoots (DVD)

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MORRISSEY Ringleader Of The Tormentors (2006 UK limited edition 2-disc set comprising the 12-track CD album recorded at the Forum Music Village in Rome with long-term hero producer Tony Visconti includes the single You Have Killed Me plus BONUS DVD featuring the You Have Killed Me video and B-Roll from the video shoot gatefold digipak picture sleeve ATKDX016)

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Take a long hard look at that man gracing the cover of Ringleader of the Tormentors; caught mid-concerto, tempered by lofty eloquence, gliding towards a crescendo of instrumental distinction. Who’s he trying to kid exactly!? Ever since The Smiths disbanded and he was deserted by Johnny Marr, Morrissey’s work has only really been musical by association. He’s more parts lyricist than he is straight poet, you see, relying as much on the emotive reach of his mighty vocal as his articulate depression. He needs melodic accompaniment, but it’s hardly been the focus. The image does still work though, as a metaphor. Name, if you can, a greater performer of pathos, a finer maestro of the maudlin.

If he is widely accepted as having been through a fallow period of creativity prior to 2004s comeback classic You Are The Quarry then he’s hammering the counterpoint now. Two albums into his renaissance and we find Moz more tender, more cinematic and, if possible, more serious than ever.

Fittingly it is much more orchestral too. Take "Dear God, Please Help Me", as self pitying as expected, only bound in silk and suspended just above the depths you’d otherwise expect to find him in. And album centrepiece, the equally dolefully titled "Life is a Pigsty", which begins with a peaking "How Soon Is Now" template before descending into a spellbinding Prozac-comedown in the orchestra pit, with bruises as evidence. The emotion feels that much rawer this time. This is not an indie disco record, it has more timeless aspirations. --James Berry

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Leslie on 3 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
After the triumphant return with You Are The Quarry, expectations were high for the new Morrissey release, especially after the glowing reviews Ringleader Of The Tormentors has received in the press. Unfortunately this is a lacklustre effort and I'm wondering if I'm hearing the same album as those who gave it rave reviews. The album meanders along with several mid tempo rockers in the style of First Of The Gang To Die from the previous album but they just don't have the killer lyric or melody line of the Morrissey of old. The album's high point is the ballad, Dear God, Please Help Me, which gets close to classic Morrissey, a song awash with strings and a confessional lyric which recalls the great ballads of old like Asleep and Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want. However greatness is few and far between, the opener I Will See You In Far Off Places rocks in a positive way like You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side did on Your Arsenal, and The Father Who Must Be Killed has an interesting enough lyric to draw you in, but all too often the music ends up on the bombastic side and the songs are simply not strong enough to sustain a whole album.

I never thought I would be criticising a Morrissey album, because with the exception of "Kill Uncle", I've liked him as a solo artist more than most. He once sang, Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before, and with this album I feel I have heard all this before and it sounded much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mozzer_ on 13 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
a great album to own and listen to. many people think that morrissey should be doing songs ala smiths days, which obviously i doubt it! at his age and together with his band, he proved strength along the years.

this album demonstrates maturity, manner and taste. yes, i do find it a 'sort of' continuation from the previous album YATQ. i am of the opinion that morrissey's new material should follow with songs from both smiths and present ones backed with ennio morricone's orchestra/acoustic material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have now listened to the album around 15 times and can conclude that although its no Vauxhall and I or Meat is Murder. This still ranks with the best of Morrisseys material, solo or with the smiths. To get the smiths nostalgia out of the way first, the energy of those albums will never be recreated but I beleive Vauxhall and I to be better than the smiths records so theres no reason to write Ringleaders off before it's been given a chance. A marked improvement from safety album You Are The Quarry sees Morrissey lose the unevenness of the previous ballads versus rock songs approach. What he gains with this is a record with a very certain mood to it. What makes this different from other Moz( or Mozalini as he's apparently now known) albums such as Malajusted is the production from Tony Visconti which gives most of the songs a very grand and lucious feel to them. The lyrical content on this album sems to focus on Morrisseys new found sexual experiences("there are explosive kegs, between my legs") whereas in the music the addition of Jesse Tobias to the songwriting team gives Morrissey an extra dimension from the Whyte/Boorer songs of old. My two favourite songs on this record are Dear God Please Help Me- A downbeat classic, his most honest, from the heart song since Now My Heart Is Full and To Me You Are A Work Of Art- A romantic song with a gorgeous chorus with one of my favourite morrissey self depricating lyrics (i'd give you my heart, thats if i had one) All in all Ringleaders of the Tormentors sees Morrissey returning to what he does best, not giving the public what they want. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo Novoa Sotelo on 30 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I think this is by far one of his best albums to date, great production, great songs, the band sounds amazing,....you can not ask for much more really. It is an album that grows more and more with every listen.
Also recommended are the new b sides with wonderful songs like "human being" or "I knew i was next", some of his best b sides so far.
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By Marchespie on 11 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's always the sign of a weak album that the songs are front-loaded (i.e. the best songs appear earliest on the CD). After the welcome and unexpected triumph of You Are The Quarry, Ringleader of The Tormentors starts well enough to give hope that Mozzer has repeated the feat. After 4 strong songs, however, the momentum falters and the album limps to a close with several rather scratchy and unmemorable numbers. The tone of the album lacks a little of the Moz sparkle, showing less of the bleak humour of much of his other material. Still, for the (currently very modest) price you can't complain. Songs such as You Have Killed Me and The Youngest Was The Most Loved will slot very nicely into my Morrissey playlist, but the album as a whole does not quite hit the spot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ferris O'Brien on 5 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
For anyone to wonder or speculate if Morrissey is still relevant due to their approval or dismisal of his new LP "Ringleader of the Tormentors", is one of the most bizarre ways to try & undermine a true iconic figure!!! "Breaking News..." there is no undermining!!! He is just that, an Icon! Mr. M, dare I say, has no need or want for anyones approval. If he were to put out an entire album of nothing but white noise static, bluegrass polka or a Motown covers record... He would still remain an Icon! Oh, & relevant, as would Bono, Jagger & Bowie. respectively! The fact 'Ringleader' is beautiful in every sense of the word, lyrically brillant, eloquently understated & near flawless, also does nothing to add or subtract from his iconic stature. 'Ringleader' is the perfect follow up to 'Quarry.' Don't believe me, take an evening, listen to both track by track and back to back & let your body slip into a Moz induced coma, then ask the question, "Is Morrissey still relevant?" Undoubtedly!!!
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