Ringleader of the Tormentors It ain't easy being Moz, but at least the icon of self-loathing can take heart in his refined miserableness. Not the invigorating wake-up that was… 2006-04-04 Morrissey Rock
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Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006)

Morrissey | THE 'RINGLEADER' Morrissey
THE 'RINGLEADER' Morrissey

Details Release Date: Apr 04, 2006; Lead Performance: Morrissey; Genre: Rock

It ain't easy being Moz, but at least the icon of self-loathing can take heart in his refined miserableness. Not the invigorating wake-up that was 2004's You Are the Quarry, his new album, Ringleader of the Tormentors — recorded in Rome with producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) — feels more like an elegiac memoir. Harrowingly beautiful violins abound on ''Dear God, Please Help Me,'' but all instruments only serve to accent, for better or worse, Morrissey's still-hooky torch-singer confessions.

Originally posted Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints
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