Friday, September 22, 2006

In The Future When All's Well

Song: In The Future When All's Well
Artist: Morrissey
Album: Ringleader of the Tormentors

Music fans can be broken up into two categories; those that adore and love Morrissey, and those that loathe him. That might be a little bit of an overstatement, but I certainly have had conversations with people that just can't handle the arrogant, self loathing, Manchester poet. Since I discovered him when he released his amazing glam-rock record "Your Arsenal" I have been a pretty big supporter. I went back and discovered his first band, The Smiths, and sought out everything they had ever done. Many hard core Smiths fans will tell you that his solo stuff has never matched their brilliance, but I really disagree.

It should be noted that Q Magazine, the U.K.'s Rolling Stone, rated The Smiths as the number one most influential band of all time, just above... THE BEATLES. (It should also be noted, despite my love for The Smiths, that I don't agree with this at all.) But this gives you an idea of the esteem they are regarded in.

"Ringleader of the Tormentors" his 8th solo record, came out early this year to much praise and success (at least in the U.K.) Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex) in Rome, "Tormentors" is Morrissey's second amazing record in a row. After the disappointing "Malajusted" in 1997 (Which P.S. I thought was pretty good) he took a long time off, moved to Los Angeles and made a triumphant return in 2004 with "You Are The Quarry." He garnered a slew of U.K. top ten hits, proceeded with a very successful world tour documented in the concert film "The Man Who Put the M in Manchester."

"Tormentors" continues this upswing with some of the most memorable pop-rock he's ever done. "In The Future When All's Well" coasts on his trademark wit yet is a biting commentary on the state of the world today. The album is consistently good throughout, which was a bit of a surprise to me coming so soon after the new highmark of "Quarry." Love him or hate him, Morrissey has still managed to remain relevant while the majority of the music business has focused itself on empty headed pop.

Take a look at the very funny video for the first single from the album, "You Have Killed Me" another killer track:

1 comment:

Morrissey said...

This would probably be the best track in ROTT. This should've been the first single!